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  • Wunderkammern, Rome

Sten Lex at Wunderkammern

January 17, 2015
Sanja Lazic was born in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia. While studying Journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, she discovered that her love towards investigating and exploring is much deeper than she thought. She enrolled into numerous projects including authorship on a student radio and TV station, and worked as a PR and journalist for the Belgrade Jazz Festival two years in a row. Her interest in art comes from a very early age and although she didn’t have the talent to pursue it professionally, she enjoys every day working and writing about it. Her favorite urban artists are Interesni Kazki, Saner and Phlegm. You can contact Sanja via sanja.lazic@widewalls.ch.

Many people are doing street art nowadays, but only a small number of artists have really developed their signature style and recognizable mark. Italian urban art scene is one of the most active ones for years. Only a month ago, an exhibition entitled Made in Italy at GCA Gallery in Nice introduced to French audience some of the biggest talents when it comes to urban art, while February is the month for the latest exhibition by Italian street art pioneers Sten Lex who will have their show opening at Wunderkammern gallery in Rome…

Sten Lex
Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern) 

Pioneers of Italian Stencil Graffiti

Pioneers of Stencil Graffiti, as some people call them, first started doing stencils on the streets in 2000 and since stencil culture didn’t exist in Italy at that time, these two peers are considered to be first artists who did stencils in Italy. Now, they are among the most internationally popular and talented not only Italian, but European artists. The duo is probably best known thanks to the halftone stencil technique they are using. It was the main part of their stencil portraits that Sten Lex, influenced by impressionism, made of thousands of lines. For the Matrici Distrutte or Destroyed Matrices exhibition, curated by Giuseppe Pizzuto, Sten Lex will be investigating and exploring their technique and artistic process. For this artistic collective, technique and process are of equal importance in the finished work, and are an essential part of it, just like the journey and destination in the metaphor of life.

Just like the title reveals, the matrices of the stencil are destroyed during the creative process. In their stencil posters, the scraps left hanging on the surface are a part of the destroyed matrix and communicate an aesthetic sense of transformation and becoming. Unlike the common usage of stencils, the Italian urban artists uses it in a destructive way, surpassing the limits imposed by the technique of stencils which sets the boundaries and limits the sign. In a paradoxical way, the artists come to cancel the defining characteristic of the stencil itself: its reproducibility. Once the matrix is destroyed, in fact, the work becomes unique and can no longer be recreated. Life becomes unique and is no longer reproducible.

Sten Lex, artwork
Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern)

Destroyed Matrices

Show their Destroyed Matrices show at Wunderkammern, Sten Lex will present a brand new selection of works, made specifically for this occasion. They include wood pieces that either evoke those realized in the public space or that will be the foundation of new ideas for future works, and limited edition works on paper. Before the opening, the artists will produce several mural interventions as well as one big mural in Rome, at the end of January. Destroyed Matrices opens February 7 at Wunderkammern, Rome and will stay on view until March 28, 2015.

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Sten Lex, artwork
Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern)
Sten Lex, in process
Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern)
Sten Lex, artwork
Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern)

Featured image: Sten Lex – Matrici Distrutte Exhibition (photo credit: Giorgio Coen Cagli, courtesy Wunderkammern)

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