Guerrilla SPAM‘s artistic residency has come to an end. Andrea stayed in Breda for two weeks, where he researched our city and translated it to new prints and a (temporary) mural.
Earlier this year, Dutch illustrator Ilse Weisfelt resided (invited by Blind Walls Gallery and Print Club Torino) in the Italian city of Turin for a few weeks to work on what eventually became ‘Pensieri Dolci’: a beautiful book filled with sketches, pattern experiments, hidden illustrations, fold-outs, linedrawings and other surprises. As Ilse calls it, ‘the perfect souvenir of Turin, even if you’ve never been there yourself.’
Ilse immersed herself in Turin life, and Andrea did the same thing in Breda. The Italian collective Guerrilla SPAM was founded in Florence in 2010, as a spontaneous, unauthorised form of resistance and protest in urban spaces. This collective of anonymous artists still alternates between illegal paste ups and legal murals within Italy and beyond.
Breda is quite a change from North-Italian Turin, so Andrea researched our city extensively. He visited Stedelijk Museum Breda, where the blue and yellow ‘eye tiles‘ from the castle of Breda caught his attention. These tiles were made in the 16th century by Italian artist Guido Andreis di Savino, commissioned by Mencia de Mendoza and Hendrik III.
At Grafische Werkplaats Raaf he created a diptych, which depicts his research. He created a blue and yellow print, a reference to the tiles. The yellow print shows the moment when the Arabic geometric motive was formed from a star in the sky. The blue print shows how the artist combines the Arabic motive with the classic, western checkered pattern, and creates the eye tiles.
In addition to the prints, Andrea also got to work at our Wallspot, where he created a mural inspired by another local artwork. At the Grote Kerk he noticed a painting of Saint Christoper – the patron saint of travellers. During his research he also found a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, which he also took inspiration from. Andrea’s mural at the Wallspot shows a mountain that needs to be conquered by a traveller. Between point A and B there are all kinds of obstacles and characters, these symbolise all the difficulties the traveller encounters on his trip.
Andrea’s mural at the Wallspot is now gone, but luckily we still have some photos!