lunedì 25 aprile 2022

108: "unconscious/conscious" book (Inverno 2016)

VLNV, CT and 108, book. (Inverno 2020)

A5 size
84 pages + covers and over cover.
100 numbered copies.
A photographic book about the VLNV project by CT and 108. 2020

"Forze della natura" catalogue (Tra 2016)

18x13 cm
80 pages + cover
20 pages booklet with text of the whole show.
Text italian and english by Claudio Musso.
Printed in 2016 by Tra (Treviso Ricerca Arte) for the show "Forze della natura" with 108, Dem and Andreco.
Each artist has a solo book.

mercoledì 15 dicembre 2021

FOCUS 108 - Pisa, during “Attitude. Street art? Graffiti writing? Urban art?”

14 dicembre - 3 aprile Palazzo Blu Pisa

Sabato 18 dicembre ore 17:00 - Special event Opening "FOCUS 108" solo show.

“Attitude. Street art? Graffiti writing? Urban art?” è la mostra collettiva dedicata all'arte urbana che raccoglie le opere di oltre 50 artisti contemporanei, provenienti da tutto il mondo.

Ogni mese è dedicato a un artista diverso, sabato 18 iniziamo con Guido Biasagni, in arte #108, a cui dedichiamo il primo focus con presentazione dell’installazione “Il museo dell’assurdo”.

Evento organizzato da @start.oye
A cura di @gianguido_grassi
Con il contributo di #FondazionePisa

Biglietti disponibili su o da acquistare direttamente alla biglietteria di #Palazzoblu.

mercoledì 8 settembre 2021

"Il viaggio meraviglioso" solo show at Galerie Slika, Lyon

"Il viaggio meraviglioso"
108 I Guido Bisagni I
Du 09 Septembre au 09 Octobre 2021


"Il viaggio meraviglioso"

"Sommes-nous encore capables de nous émerveiller ? Avons-nous perdu la capacité d'être excités ou émus par quelque chose de merveilleux ? Quand j'étais enfant, le seul qui avait voyagé un peu à l'étranger était mon grand-père, pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale donc dans une situation tragique. Mais malgré cela, j'ai toujours voulu qu'il me parle des Balkans, de l'Allemagne, des pays si proches mais si fascinants pour un enfant comme moi. Nous ne voyagions pas beaucoup avec ma famille et la seule façon de voyager était donc avec mon imagination, en lisant des livres, des magazines et des bandes dessinées, en regardant des documentaires et des films, parfois en écoutant de la musique. Il y a quelques années, j'ai trouvé un livre au marché aux puces intitulé "Merveilles du monde", ce genre de livres fantastiques imprimés dans les années 60 et 70 avec ces grandes photos aux couleurs vives. Je me suis souvenu à quel point je les aimais durant mon enfance, cette atmosphère d’une époque où il n'y avait pas Internet et où voyager était devenu si facile. En même temps j’ai réalisé combien j’avais vu de mes propres yeux, depuis que j’avais commencé à voyager pour mon travail, de ces merveilles qui m’avaient fasciné enfant. Je me plains souvent de ce que je fais, mais en fait, être artiste est presque un rêve devenu réalité pour moi. 

Durant ces 20 dernières années de pratique artistique, j'ai eu l'occasion de parcourir le monde, de découvrir de nouveaux endroits, de voir des merveilles et de rencontrer toutes sortes de gens.

Dès que je suis rentré de mon voyage à Lyon pour la dernière exposition (« LUG »), le monde a connu l'une de ses pires périodes depuis ma naissance. Lors du premier confinement en Italie il était impossible de sortir de chez soi hormis pour aller faire les courses 1 ou 2 fois par semaine. J'ai réalisé ce que faire de l'art signifiait pour moi : une recherche de nouvelles choses merveilleuses, un voyage à travers de nouvelles frontières. Maintenant, je sais qu'il est possible de voyager avec l'esprit tout en restant à la maison, mais néanmoins le monde me semble aujourd'hui être un endroit plus ennuyeux. Au Moyen Âge, par exemple, lorsque les gens ne voyageaient pas en dehors de leur pays, le monde semblait néanmoins un endroit merveilleux et effrayant. Ils imaginaient alors d'immenses forêts, des déserts, des mers pleines de monstres, des pyramides et toutes sortes de peuples. Contraints de voyager en utilisant leur esprit et leur imagination, les petites choses sont devenues grandes, les grandes sont devenues énormes et les énormes géantes. L'homme d'aujourd'hui semble fatigué de chercher des choses qui l'émerveillent, le monde semble se refermer sur lui-même. Je pense qu'il est encore possible de trouver quelque chose de fantastique dans une cours cachée au coin de la rue ou quelque part à l'autre bout de la planète, de faire des choses merveilleuses, ou étranges et bizarres. A travers mon œuvre, j'ai toujours voulu briser la coquille ordinaire dans laquelle nous avons vécu ces dernières années.


Are we still capable to amaze ourselves? Have we lost the ability to be excited or moved by something wonderful? When I was a kid, the only one in my family who travelled a bit in some other countries during his life was my grandfather, during the second world war, so it was tragic. But I always wanted to listen him telling me about the balkans, about Germany, Countries so close but fascinating for a kid like me. We were never travelling so much with my family so my only way to travel was with my imagination, reading books, magazines and comics, watching documentaries and movies, sometimes listening to music.

Few years ago I found a book at a flea market called “wonders of the world”, that kind of amazing books printed during the 60's and 70's with those bright colours and bold pics. I remembered how much I liked those kind of books back in my childhood, that atmosphere before the internet but also before traveling became so easy. And at the same time I realized how many of those wonders I saw with my own eyes since I started to travel for work. Often I complain about what I'm doing but being an artist for me it's still almost a dream, making art in the past 15-20 years I had the chance to travel around the world discovering new places, seeing wonders, meeting any kind of people.

As soon as I came back from Lyon in 2020, the world has faced one of its worst time since I was born. When the lockdown arrived, it was impossible to move anywhere, being in Italy for some months meant that it was really impossible to leave home more than 1 or 2 times a week to buy some food. I realized what making art still means for me: searching for new wonders, travelling through new different borders. Now I see that's possible to travel with mind even staying at home, in many different ways, but today the world seems to be a boring place. Throughtout medieval times, for example, when people weren't used to travel frequently out of the village or the region, the world seemed a very wonderful and at the same time scary place. They knew about endless forests, deserts, seas full of monsters, pyramids, any kind of weird people. Wonders that no one had ever seen and for this reason they mostly travelled using their mind and imagination: small things became big, the great became enormous, the enormous gigantic, the world outside was a place full of amazing things. Humans today seems to be tired about searching for wonders, the world seems to be closing in on itself, I still think that's possible to find something amazing inside a courtyard behind the corner or on the other side of the planet. I still think it's possible to make something wonderful or at least weird and bizarre. With my works I really want to break the ordinary shell we have been living nowadays."


martedì 29 giugno 2021

108 & JULIA BENZ Two Solos at Affenfaust Galerie Hamburg

19.06.2021 - 17.07.2021
"Two Solos" 

>>> LINK: online catalogue / shop online  <<<

(EN) The Italian artist Guido Bisagni is known by his pseudonym 108. His paintings and space-specific installations are characterized by mostly black, biomorphic basic forms that can be discovered on paper and canvas or in large formats on exterior and interior architectures. Those dark abstract figures occupy a large part of the pictorial space in the artworks and they seem to expand organically. In contrast to the biomorphic forms, 108 also incorporates geometric shapes in the form of colored or white elements into his paintings, or in some cases creates them in the medium itself by folding the paper so that patterns emerge through the folds. It is up to us viewers to decide what we guess in these light-absorbing shapes: a maximum compression or rather a floating emptiness? An extremely compressed space or an endless space that goes into the depths?

An exploration of multi-layered and abstract dimensions can also be found in the paintings of artist Julia Benz. In contrast to 108, she uses a variety of colors in her work: "The darker and gloomier the times, the greater my urge for color," she explains. For Benz, colors signify emotions, which she puts into dialogue in various forms and intensities on canvases or murals. The process of balancing the superimposed layers begins all over again with each painting, which Benz also describes as an " battle with the canvas." Surfaces and lines are continued, added to or completely dissolved - the boundaries between floral figures and abstract ductus become fluid. Benz's color cosmos invites us viewers to pause for a moment and discover subtle shades in between.

In the exhibition "Two Solos" the works of the two internationally successful artists come together for the first time in a double exhibition. 108 was involved, for example, in the Venice Biennale and the Biennale of Urban Art in Moscow. Julia Benz, who currently lives in Heidelberg, has already exhibited in Brazil, China and the USA, besides the major cities of Europe.

(DE) Der italienische Künstler Guido Bisagni ist unter dem Pseudonym 108 bekannt. Seine Malereien und raumspezifischen Installationen charakterisieren sich durch meist schwarze, biomorphe Grundformen, die sich auf Papier und Leinwand oder großformatig an Außen- und Innenarchitekturen entdecken lassen. Jene dunklen abstrakten Figuren nehmen in den Arbeiten des Künstlers einen Großteil des Bildraums ein und scheinen sich organisch auszudehnen. In Differenz zu den biomorphen Gebilden bindet 108 auch geometrische Formen in Gestalt von farbigen oder weißen Elementen in seine Malereien ein oder erzeugt diese teils bereits im Medium selbst, indem er das Papier faltet und sich durch die Falze Muster abzeichnen. Uns Betrachter*innen steht es frei, was wir in jenen lichtschluckenden Gebilden erahnen: eine maximale Verdichtung oder vielmehr eine schwebende Leere? Einen extrem komprimierten oder einen in die Tiefe gehenden, endlosen Raum?

Julia Benz ‘Pleasure’Eine Untersuchung von vielschichtigen und abstrakten Dimensionen findet sich auch in den Malereien der Künstlerin Julia Benz. Dabei geht sie im Gegensatz zu 108 aber mit einer Vielzahl an Farben ans Werk: “Je dunkler und düsterer die Zeiten, desto größer ist mein Drang nach Farbe”, so die Künstlerin. Farben bedeuten für Benz Emotionen, die sie in unterschiedlichen Formen und Intensitäten auf Haus- und Leinwänden in Dialog setzt. Der Prozess des Austarierens der übereinanderliegenden Schichten beginnt mit jeder Malerei von Neuem, was Benz auch als einen “Streit mit der Leinwand” beschreibt. Flächen und Linien werden weitergeführt, ergänzt oder völlig aufgelöst – die Grenzen zwischen floralen Figuren und abstraktem Duktus verschwimmen. Benz Farbkosmos lädt uns Betrachter*innen dazu ein, einen Moment innezuhalten und feine Zwischentöne zu entdecken.

In der Ausstellung “Two Solos” kommen die Arbeiten der zwei international erfolgreichen Künstler*innen nun erstmals in einer Doppelausstellung zusammen. Beteiligt war 108 beispielsweise an der Venedig-Biennale und an der Biennale of Urban Art in Moskau. Julia Benz stellte neben den Metropolen Europas bereits in Brasilien, China und den USA aus.

giovedì 3 giugno 2021

PAKA YOKE: 108 + CT a Terni

La Galleria CRAC, Chiara Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, finalmente riapre le sue porte.

Ad aprire la quarta stagione, con unica mostra in programma, una collaborazione tra due grandi artisti, per la prima volta insieme in una galleria, con immenso piacere, CRAC, ha l’onore di presentare
DI 108 E CT

Opening: sabato 5 giugno 2021
5 giugno – 26 settembre

108 e CT attraverso analogie e differenze pittoriche, indagano su uno dei temi più complessi dell’arte. E’possibile identificare o valutare come “errato” il dispositivo “arte”?
Poka-Yoke intende interrogare lo spettatore sulle diverse modalità di creazione di un’opera, a prova di errore. I due artisti, pongono un quesito visivo, una provocazione, facendo proprie, terminologie tecnico-industriali e applicandole al processo creativo, ipotizzando una possibile lettura del loro percorso di ricerca. L’intento non è quello di fornire una risposta esaustiva ma instaurare un dialogo aperto.
In Galleria lavori inediti, pittorici, site-specific, sono il continuum di ciò che i due artisti piemontesi portano avanti, ormai da anni, nei muri dei luoghi abbandonati o ricercati, in Italia e nel mondo. Due pitture pulite e lineari, si incontrano e si attraggono anche da molto lontano.

Sono loro i Poka-Yoka dell’arte.

In mostra sarà presentato il loro primo libro, una pubblicazione limitata a 100 copie numerate.
Si intitola VLNV, ha 88 pagine ed è un documento su un progetto di 108 e CT con lavori realizzati tra il 2017 e il 2020.

mercoledì 3 marzo 2021

Online solo show at Urvanity.

 Here is my first virtual solo show ever, because the covid... again with Swinton Gallery Madrid, during URVANITY fair 2021. You just need to sign up and to visit the shows here: (108 on the artsts list or Swinton on the galleries list).

mercoledì 20 gennaio 2021

108: HACIA LAS NUBES - solo show at Swinton Gallery - Madrid


OPENING: 29/01/2021 at Swinton Gallery - Madrid


1ª Exposición en solitario de 108 Nero en Swinton Gallery
29 de enero 2021 – 31 de marzo 2021

"[…]With rapid course, along the skies ye fail. With blowing winds your wat’ry frames I call, On mother Earth with fruitful show’rs to fall."

Orphic Hymn Excerpt.

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"To The Clouds" text by Michela D'Acquisto

"Some years ago, 108 stumbled by chance upon a book on Orphism - it was his first fortuitous meeting with a religion that, as he was going to find out shortly, holds remarkable affinities with his art, his beliefs, and his idea of how an artist should be.
In 2019, 108 had another close encounter with Orphism while working on an exhibition at Palermo's archeological museum, which hosts a famous polychrome mosaic depicting Orpheus playing the lyre among animals: inspired by the Orphic gold tablets found in graves with instructions for the deceased in the afterlife, the artist created a sound installation akin to a ritual, like most of his work.
Through his music, Orpheus charmed all living beings - and even inanimate objects - and, most importantly, was able to visit the underworld and return from it. When the Maenads ripped him to shreds, his head kept on singing, as an extraordinary testament of the everlasting power of art over anything else.
Also according to 108, art should be an all-encompassing force capable of reawakening and reconnecting the inner self to what the current over rational civilization solely focused on material achievements has forgotten over the centuries: the irrational, the unconscious, the mysterious - as in the ecstasy-inducing Dionysian mysteries, providing freedom from society's constraints and a return to primordial nature.
In the same way, the artist should act as a medium and regard his art as a portal leading beyond the visible to transcend reality.
As always, and perhaps now more than ever, 108 has worked entirely unencumbered by the control of rationality.
The abstract shapes that constitute To The Clouds - the title of an Orphic hymn that celebrates humanity's interdependence with Mother Earth - are almost meditative tools, mainly black, as with its incomparable symbolic and visual impact, is the colour that also formally expresses the marked duality of the artist's works: plenitude and, at the same time, emptiness.
108's entire comprehensive artistic practice is aimed at transcending the subordination of reality and at releasing the most instinctive part of its essence, at least on the level of the intangible. The arrangement itself of the works in the gallery perfectly summarizes the tension resulting from the attempt to reconcile rational and non-rational: the linearity of the installation is interrupted by a random accumulation of irregular shapes and primitive ceramics – in 108's own words, a “museum to the inexplicable” – that reflects the inexorable affirmation of irrationality over reason."

sabato 28 novembre 2020

108 x AKU - new collaboration

 New collaboration with AKU apparel brand from Kamakura, Japan.




Guido Bisagni 108nero


Photo/Ahlum Kim @ahlumkim
Make/Mutsumi Miyazaki @miyazakimutsumi_
Model/jeff @je.ff17.02
Model/an @blossom.jij
Textile design @108_108_108