Futura 2000 – “A Futura Tale” Short Film by All City Canvas
A Città del Messico dallo scorso hanno c’è All City Canvas, un mastodontico Festival di arte pubblica che sta raccogliendo i lavori dei migliori artisti a livello internazionale con l’intenzione neanche troppo celata di diventare il vero punto di riferimento dei Festival Latini del Centro e Sud America. Tra gli artisti coinvolti ricorderete il bel lavoro del leggendario Futura 2000 direttamente sul Insurgentes Avenue, una delle strade più lunghe al mondo. A distanza di tempo esce ora un bel video di circa dieci minuti che vede Futura 2000 come protagonista, l’artista parla a ruota libera ripercorrendo le tappe della sua carriera, dagli inizi fino alla consacrazione, passando per le influenze ed il suo particolare approccio.
Insomma un occasione ghiotta per conoscere meglio una delle figure più influenti e storiche di tutto il movimento, in aggiunta anche alcune sequenze dell’artista al lavoro sulla sua parete, se vi siete persi qualcosa qui l’articolo dedicato, enjoy it.
From April 16 to 19 (2013) Futura 2000 (NYC, USA), one of the fathers of graffiti in the 70s, intervened an iconic wall located on Insurgentes Avenue, one of the longest avenues in the world. This wall is now part of the circuit of the ALL CITY CANVAS 2012 Festival, which spans through downtown Mexico City.
At the age of 15, Futura was already obsessed with his visual identity. Motivated by the dream of becoming a famous artist, he created Futura 2000, based on a reference out of a Kubrik movie and a year that seemed so distant, he couldn’t understand how he would still be alive by then.
As a self-taught artist, Futura’s education began on Brodway’s line 1 of the New York City subway, working his way up as one of urban art’s most innovative artists. His solo show at the Fun Gallery in 1982 established him as one of contemporary art’s most happening artist at the time, on the same level as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, becoming a pioneer of the artistic movement of the 80s. He came to be known as “The Wateau of the Spraycan” and was even compared to Kandinsky.
He held art exhibits in the US and Europe for more than a decade before making commercial collaborations in the 90s that brought graffiti to the masses and inspired new generations of urban artists. Worshiped by artists like Swoon and Neate, Futura’s work is considered to be extremely influential, uniting contemporary pop art with street graffiti. Futura 2000 introduced urban art to society, which is now at its peak.
We’d like to add that ACCGS would not have been possible without the support of Hennessy Very Special and the government institutions such as the Government of the Federal District, the Ministry of Public Security, the Authority of the Public Space and the Graffiti Unit.