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Vesod - Futurism For Now

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Edd Norval
November 4, 2019

Vesod's unique entry into the art world, through both familial influence and academic experience, has given him a sort of naturally occurring sense of concept. Drawing on these intimate experiences, the Italian artist's creative language has developed into a unique voice in street art.

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It was through his father's own artistic life that planted the earliest notions of creativity into the young Turin-born Vesod. Growing up in the same house as renowned artist Dovilio Brero seems to have fuelled both his academic interests and his artistic one. Painting in a surrealistic style, with heavy inflections of the prevailing mode of art in Italy at the time - Futurism.


His father was particularly well-known for his interpretation of the myth of Atlantis, as referred to in Plato's Timaeus and Critias. His intricate depictions featured deep mythological symbolism and explored realms beyond our own.


These retellings are evocative of a voyager recounting his own experiences with the place, whilst still drawing on the Futurist might that was one of the defining features of the movement. His willingness to immerse himself in his art gave it an honesty that was hard to ignore, despite its fantastical elements. It seems that the search for truth, the willingness to seek, had a profound impact on Vesod's outlook.

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Growing up around art meant that his mind was open to other forms of it. Graffiti had began to accelerate in Italy at this crucial time in his development and provoked a reaction within him to enrol on his own path within it. Alongside art came one of Vesod's other interests - the academic pursuit of maths.


Mathematical and scientific elements manifest heavily in his works through his adherence to the same brand of Futurism as his father - both ideologically and stylistically - as well as his propensity to question the physical and mental state of a person through featuring elements of anatomy and the theory of time.


Building upon the idea of the 'eternal present', Vesod looks to capture a multiplicity of moments, building a duality within his murals of both time and space, the possible and the impossible. Verging on the highly theoretical, Vesod's scientific interests explore themes of transdimensionality and the place of people within multiple co-existing timelines appearing uniformly as now.

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The multiple layers of Vesod's work can be seen as both visual and conceptual abstraction, breaking time down into elemental forms like a diagram working out a complicated equation in a highly visual and deeply human manner. What comes across as a central tenet is the omnipresence of the artist, as if he himself has a Godlike ability to see and understand the various stages of life.


Vesod'a own body of work could actually be viewed as a summation of his life and career as a whole. Using the ideas of his father, his friends and his academic interests, he was able to piece them all together - each various moment - to build his own portrait. Testament to the value he places upon these times of his life, each mural is imbued with a part of his own autobiography, not figuratively but philosophically. Each painting provides further insight into his dense, yet similarly accessible, worldview.

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