Opiemme's practice investigates the boundaries between words and images, looking for new ways of presenting poetry.
The artist is heir to an important twentieth-century tradition of visual poetry and connected to those avant-garde that have used text and language-based art.
The Lux Gallery presents selected artworks from the latest abstract series "Beyond Clouds".
Opiemme practice has been dominated by calligrams and a legible text-based art
but in recent works the artist fuses words and abstract imagery.
Opiemme's handwriting is not calligraphy, it distorts and dissolves the words into emotions and movements, without creating an alphabet, it wants to bring poetry through form beyond form. Since 2000 Opiemme's research has been focused on public art aimed at spreading poetry to the public, with collective performances, installations and street poetry interventions.
This led Opiemme to perform in different European cities in collaboration with various poets' foundations with the aim of creating new opportunities for reading, as for the mural painted for the Fernando Pessoa and Josè Saramago Foundations in Lisbon,or a 12 story facade dedicated to Wisława Szymborska poetry in Gdansk.
2007 Nuovi Arrivi, Belle Arti Academy, Torino, Italy
2020 Edoardo Di Mauro, Paola Russo, Una dimensione etica: storia e presente dell’arte pubblica, Prinp
2017 Daniele Tozzi, Words into shapes, The graphic art of calligram, Monsa Publications
2015 Nicholas Ganz, Street messages, Dokument Press Distribution
2015 Luca Beatrice, Imago Mundi Praestigium Italia, Contemporary artist from Italy, Fabrica (Benetton collection)
2014 Clara Isabel Martínez Cantón, Cuestiones Métricas. La Rima y el Estribillo, Punto Rojo Libros S.L.
2011 Luca Beatrice, Km 011. Arti a Torino. 1995-2011, Allemandi
2007 "Incroci", with Tina Sgrò, Dieffe Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
SELECTED PUBLIC ART
2018 Public art for the Fernando Pessoa and Josè Saramago Foundations, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Mural tribute to Guido Gozzano and Cesare Pavese, Torino, Italy
2017 “Remanufacture & Harring”, murals for Urban Forms, Lodz, Poland
2016 Collective performance and mural for Urban Forms, Lodz, Poland 2016
Street poetry for Gunter Grass Festival, Gdansk, Poland 2016
Permanent neon-light installation for Museo Magma, Follonica, Italy
2015 Migrazione, installations for Teatro delle Rocce, curated by Karin Gavassa, Gavorrano, Italy
2015 "Intralci" performance, with Gianluca Petrella, Ambriajazz, Castionetto di Chiuro, Italy
2014 StreetScape, public installation, Como, Italy
2014 Mural for Monumental Art Fest, tribute to Wisława Szymborska, Gdansk, Poland
2013 Street poetry murals and installation, Italy, 2013 "A journey through painting and poetry, “Breaking apart, recombining, stretching and spreading the written letterform, the public poetic paintings were conceived to be site-specific and included walls and pavement installations across Italy from north to south, including Torino, Bologna, Rieti, Pizzo Calabro, Faggiano (Taranto), Ariano Irpino, Menfi, Genova, Tirano (Sondrio), and finally Rome. The artist is about plumbing the fine lines between public art, street art, and the written word to bring poetry out into the open." The Huffington Post, 2013
2008 "A polite display of power“, performance, Torino, Italy
2007 "Traffic kills", installation, Madrid, Spain
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