i remember watching this video long time ago and thinking it was fun, it was a real good laugh at that time. then came this one, wich made me aware that the guy was actually serious and finally, a few months ago, a friend of mine showed me this third one, that’s when i realised i was in love. it just felt like NUG was a great twist, the best thing that could happen to this festival. i really wanted to see what he would come up with here at Fame and what kind of consequences there would have been, if any.
since then it all happened quite randomly, the pictures above are taken from this video:
the funny thing is that just 3 or 4 of these guys were trained vandals, the rest of them was a bunch of good guys and girls. what i love in what Nug does, is that the most obscure morbid shit can get to be social and funny. this is the way i like to see it all : we can, potentially, fuck everything up in one minute only. and it will be fun:
being this last piece right in the heart of the old town, in front of the castle and on the side of a bar where all the cool kids hang out, there was some really nice talking going on in the next days.
some people, the same people that usually smile at us ’cause they appreciate the festival, would meet us in the street and look somewhere else, embrassed to say hi. some other would come and say what we’ve done is not goodlooking and impossible to understand. the bravest ones would pull it out fully and say: hey, this is just horrible, it was a mistake, you know it right? now you have to buff it
i’ve collected so many that cant remember them all, i do have some funny favourites though:
“they did it to the guy of the bar, i guess he doesnt pay for protection”
“i wonder when they’ll finish this piece, it’s been like this for days”
“they did it cause they dont have a job and they can be paid to buff it”
“they didnt do it right, it doesnt look good this way”
i didnt hear one single positive comment about it, if not from the people that joined painting it, for how liberating it was to actually make it.
very few people investigated futher about the artist or the action that took place to spray those walls. everybody else seemed to care only about what they could see and they all already had an opinion
i’d say that that’s a great goal achieved. not that we were looking for it, we just wanted to fuck around this time. anyway, this shows there’s some critical looking happening in town. when something new appears and it’s there, in everybody’s face, it’s going to be questioned and it will have to be explained. it makes me wonder on the chances we have here to move from critical looking to critical thinking, from questioning what’s honestly exposed to be also curious about what’s being constantly and carefully hidden in this town
anyway, for you, lucky italian speakers, here’s a nice critique from Giorgio Delle Dacnie, the most influential italian art critic