Fabio Viale - KOUROS, 2O15

Fabio Viale – PUNK

I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you’re young and tight, maybe it’s OK, but …

Karl Lagerfeld about tattoos

Personally I hate tattoos. I do not like them and I’m not at least attracted by them, especially if they’re just due to a temporary trend, rather than a personal special event to remember.

I do not know how many times I dissuaded friends or colleagues from ​​getting a tattoo, especially when they wanted a tribal design, without being part of any kind of tribe. But maybe this time is different …

Alexander McQueen Fall 2006

Alexander McQueen – FW 2006

I still remember when at the end of the secondary school (during the transition from the 90s to 2000, which is definitely making a comeback in fashion) everyone who got a tattoo, became the myth of the group.

Jean Paul Gaultier SS2012

Jean Paul Gaultier – SS2012

I’ve always known I was an outsider: in place of the church mass on Sundays, I visited exhibitions and museums; instead of comics, I read art books; I did not play video games, but I built buildings with LEGO; instead of soccer, I preferred swimming; but above all, I never cared about the approval of the mass, or of the “group”! In order to this, I’ve never been interested in catching attention on me, or on my body, with indelible designs that I always considered ugly and tacky!

Julien Macdonald RTW SS2012

Julien Macdonald – SS2012

Obviously, when I grew up, the Italian common phrase “live and let live” became a sort of mantra for me, and I realized that everyone can enjoy life only when they stop having opinions or prejudices about what other people want to do with their own bodies.

Maison Martin Margiela - S:S 1989 - Silk Tattoo top - Photo - Ronald Stoops

Maison Martin Margiela – SS 1989 – Photo: Ronald Stoops

Fabio Viale

Today, however, going against all my anti-ink militancy years, I was literally struck by a tattoo, actually, more than one. Reading Repubblica.it, I discovered Fabio Viale, an Italian contemporary artist born in 1975, who opened his solo exhibition, named PUNK, on June 27th at the Galleria Poggiali e Forconi in Pietrasanta, Italy.

The works that caught my attention are the three sculptures evoking classic iconography: Kouros, a copy of an ancient Greek torso; David souvenir, a copy of the arm of Michelangelo’s David; and finally, Il nostro sarà vostro, a copy of a hand of a Roman statue. There’s apparently nothing new or shocking about these works, especially considering the recent project of the Fondazione Prada based on the concept of copies in classical art.

But, why did I talk about tattoos?

Fabio Viale loves the white marble from Carrara, and he mainly uses it for making sculptures representing everyday objects. With his ironic work, he overturns the usual way of looking at marble sculptures, upsetting the perception of everyday life objects and alluding to something else. And this is why the statues exhibited in Pietrasanta are just apparently classic.

In fact, Fabio Viale completely changed the meaning linked to the noble purity of the white marble, tattooing the surface of the sculptures with Madonnas, skulls, guns and other designs coming from the complex code of the Russian criminal community. Viale gave a totally new identity to these pure fragments of bodies, joining the aggressiveness of the criminals’ symbols.

Fabio Viale - KOUROS, 2O15

Fabio Viale – Kouros, 2015

Fabio Viale - DAVID SOUVENIR, 2015

Fabio Viale – David souvenir, 2015

Fabio Viale - Il nostro sarà vostro, 2015

Fabio Viale – Il nostro sarà vostro, 2015

The tattoo takes on a new meaning (a real meaning, and therefore even a function) and as any object/dress/artwork which is freely interpretable with the key of irony, it caught my attention, and I found it very beautiful.

Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator

PUNK – Fabio Viale

June 27th to August 7th

Gallery Poggiali e Forconi

Pietrasanta (LU)

Italian architect into fashion. Art curator in love with books, flea markets and interior design.

2 Comments on “Fabio Viale – PUNK

  1. Ok ok, non ti lincerò questa volta…ma come ben sai io sono tattoo addicted! E li amo a prescindere dalle mode (e a prescindere dal giudizio del mio guru, Karl)
    Detto questo, devo dire che le opere di Viale sono davvero stupefacenti: mi piace l’idea di aver reso contemporanei i marmi e, allo stesso tempo, di avere in qualche modo nobilitato i simboli old school, tanto cari a chi nobile proprio non è….
    Un’idea innovativa e sicuramente originale, un artista tutto da scoprire.
    Bellissime le tue foto, come sempre…ma che te lo dico a fare????

    Un bacio,

  2. Anche io sono sempre stata diversa dal gruppo (o un’outsider come ti definisci tu), quindi capisco bene cosa intendi con il non seguire mode passeggere solo perché appunto “va di moda”!
    La frase di Karl è davvero simpatica, eh!?!
    Io comunque ho un tatuaggio, molto piccolo, ma per me ha un profondo significato e non mi sono mai pentita di averlo fatto!
    Detto ciò le opere di Fabio Viale, con la loro ironia, mi piacciono molto!




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