Ludo – Nature’s Revenge
January 21 – February 18, 2012
Wunderkammern – Via Gabrio Serbelloni 124 – Rome
On show in Rome from 21st January at Wunderkammern, where he is making his first appearance in Italy, the young French artist Ludo is one of the most innovative and promising on the urban art scene. He has left his mark in major cities throughout the world (Paris, London, Zurich, Oslo, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), with surreal and bewildering works that are perfectly integrated with the context in which he places them.
Ludo’s creatures emerge from reassuring greyscale images blended with acid green that is poured onto paper, sending out a message of humility for contemporary society. Elegant and vindictive, the artist’s creations belong in fact to the series Nature’s Revenge and Bugs: plants and insects drawn with botanic precision, which have evolved into mechanical, chemical and technological hybrids as a way of defending themselves against people’s aggression.
With his latest series, entitled Co-Branding, major brands like Chanel, Dior, Calvin Klein, H&M and Benetton are transformed into aggressive and inappropriate images that nonetheless seem perfectly in line with the aesthetic canons of contemporary publicity, thus contrasting consumers’ inurement to bombardment by multinational brands promoting luxury and much more.
On the occasion of his exhibition at Wunderkammern, Ludo will present a series of works on paper and canvas from the series Nature’s Revenge and Co-Branding, as well as sculptures created specifically for the gallery. Images of a proud and haunting nature, where the aesthetic canons of advertising are filtered by the artist’s ironic and mocking eye.