THe Street Is In The Hotel Miami art Basel 2021
Italian born artist Carlo Sampietro presents at Sagamore Hotel a selection of his art work based on his observations of life in megalopolises.
The artist begins by surrounding himself with objects that populate NYC sidewalks.
He obsessively searches for familiar props on the street that will represent and communi- cate metaphors concerning problematic situations rooted in urban society.
The first installation “The Street is in the House” is a body of work that transmutes elements of urban life into objects d’art. By using found materials and placing them in unfamiliar contexts and sophisticated designs, Sampietro reshapes everyday objects into meaningful amalgams. The work is completed with a specific exhibition made entirely for the Hotel “The Street Is In The Room” where he recreated an hotel room by upscale and reintrpretate street elements. A water barricade became the base of the bed, a traffic light basement a side table, a menhole ring a massive mirror.
The exhibition continues with the social art project “Pop Dogs”. Sampietro investigates facets of the urban condition by creating a gargantuan edifice—a popcorn machine that spews plastic dogs at an alarming rate—a symbolic parallel to canine overpopulation in urban centers.
Sampietro dismantles established value structures and elements of social behavior, the catastrophic result of human ignorance, and the immutability of desire.
Based on his international background and his research, he uses a point of view and com- parison that expands to mega cities worldwide. He forces the audience to face social reali- ties by bringing re-purposed street objects into the house or bringing viewers out into the street.
Carlo Sampietro’s works have appeared in several exhibitions including Figment (NYC), Galleria Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and Queens Museum of Art (NYC). He is the recipient of the Celeste Prize (2012) by Premio Scultura Urbana and first prize from Architizer ( 2018 ) . His film Bunda Pandeiro was featured at the Berlin Short Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival and won in the Experimental category in both the Tirana International Film Festi- val (2013) and the Brooklyn Film Festival (2013). His work has been featured in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, El Pais, Corriere Della Sera, Public Art Review, among other publications. Sampietro has lived in NYC for 13 years and continues to search for objects which will interpret his vision for his upcoming projects Aqueduct and Animod.
More about his Social art installation, art design furniture and film can be found on his website.
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