When the smoke goes up
Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Morcky first came to Amsterdam in 2012 when he participated through the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam in the second edition of the graphic novel festival 'Striptember 2012' with the exhibition of his graphic novel 'InsideOut'. In 2015, the artist came in contact with the institution through the collective Hello, Savants! of Perugia and its members present in Amsterdam: he is an urban artist of particular importance to our institution, whose career is centred on the use of urban art as a participatory tool for urban emancipation that involves the whole community, the same values proposed by SAMA. After this meeting, he realized a graffiti artwork for Celand startup in partnership with SAMA, located in Tobias M.C. Asserstraat.
Tobias M.C Asserstraat
Bad / Partially Legible
Morcky has a distinctive urban style that combines traditional materials, such as spray cans, with picturesque techniques, such as the use of brushes and acrylic paints. Similarly, his style oscillates between the traditionality of semi-abstract graffiti lettering and narrative illustration with precise iconographic elements.
The artwork in question combines precise geometric shapes such as parallelepipeds, cubes or cylinders and realistically arranges them on the wall, seeking a three-dimensional illusion typical of the new school of street art. In addition to these geometric elements, he combines other more fluid elements such as intangible clouds, colourful intertwining bundles and streamlined lines. The figurative elements are varied: starting with the Italian salami and the slice of bread cut into sections, a metaphor for the author's origin, the region of Reggio Emilia; passing through the car that creates the cloud of smoke, as a symbol of the car park where the piece is located.
"What if good and evil didn’t really exist? Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy skyline, shaping life into a constant battle between our will, our desires and celestial influence. In our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be, we are. In the artist’s vision, the smoke expresses GOOD as an organic form in continuous evolution and transformation. Always in a fight with its enemy, the EVIL pictured in the wall with the representation of monoliths, symbols of austerity and tyranny."
The artwork, apparently abstract, is full of symbolic elements of Morcky's personal style: starting with the Italian salami and the slice of bread cut into sections, a metaphor for the author's origin, the region of Reggio Emilia; passing through the car that creates the cloud of smoke, as a symbol of the car park where the piece is located.