Until Dec 21st, Howard Griffin Gallery are showcasing a unique exhibition and sculptural installation by established underground street artist, Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN, entitled Parabola di G. This landmark show for the artist represents a turning point in his artistic practice as he moves from painting walls to becoming a studio artist. For the first time, RUN is exhibiting under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini.
In this unique exhibition, he leads us through a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book. On this voyage of self-discovery, Bufarini is both the creator and protagonist, trapped within his own story. Bufarini plays with levels of reality and metaphor, creating a dreamscape that appears at once fantastical and very real.
Parabola di G follows the journey of a semi-fictional character, G, as he falls through levels of reality into a dreamscape. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see the original drawings of the book presented within an immersive gallery wide installation. Visitors to the exhibition fall into a story within a story, stepping into the unfolding pages of the story as they walk around the space.
A ‘Parabola’ is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. It is also the word for a symmetrical open plane curve, such as the path of a projectile under the influence of gravity. Born from the wreckage of a comet, G finds himself lost in a surreal landscape. He embarks on an odyssey that carries him through deserts, islands, seas and mountains, meeting mythical creatures and fantastical characters.
Bufarini’s studio practice sees him working in a range of mediums and techniques, including wooden sculptural forms, printing, etching, drawing and monotyping on wood, canvas and paper. His illustrative style depicts a world of fantastical characters and settings from which his large scale street works derive.