On January 27, MAGMA gallery will be opening the exhibition Misplaced – a project by Tellas/Ciredz, featuring a series of unreleased artworks in addition to an installation created specially for the occasion using recycled materials.

The exhibition aims represent, in a powerful and evocative way, both the geographical and spiritual disorientation, and the twisting of the comforting relationship between man and nature.
The collaboration between Tellas and Ciredz is anything but new; in 2015, the two artists worked side by side on the project Becoming Marni, realizing a great number of public murals and installations in Sergipe, Brazil. This project was presented at the 56th Venice Biennale, with the documentary “A grande terra do Sertão”.
As explained in the exhibition’s press release, Misplaced tells us about changes: the environmental ones, irreversible transformations caused by man; the spiritual ones, which transmute all our intimate points of reference; and, not the least, the geographical ones, turning man into a wayfarer, lost in a boundless world.
Nevertheless, Tellas and Ciredz’s enigmatic and silent artworks, intrinsically conceal an organic, bright and lively substance.  Behind Ciredz’s apparently arid cements, we can glimpse a rebirth. His stylized labyrinth, made on paper, emanates the growing traces of a new dynamic force which leads us to new worlds, in which loosing ourselves becomes a new source of wonder.
Tellas’ artworks, instead, by means of their elements’ centrifugal force and their instinctual splashes of colors, remind us that the actual chaos, the ongoing revolution of our horizons, will be followed by a new calmness. The light between his tangled skeins of signs, seems to be one of the central elements of his new research. Unexplored streets and lands hide behind dashing and quivering natural elements.
For this exhibition, concrete and paper are the predominant materials, alongside with few canvases. The poverty and purity of these two dissimilar materials mark out Misplaced, narrating visions of a new society to the visitor and, extensively, to humankind.
Symbols, signs, graffiti seem to be generated by nature itself, representing the eternal mutability of the relation between mankind and its environment.

Tellas and Ciredz ‘Structures 4’, 50x50cm, pencil on paper.

Tellas (Cagliari, 1985) In 2015 The Urban Contemporary Art Guide, curated by Graffiti Art Magazine, listed him as one of the 100 best international emerging artists. In 2014 the Huffington Post USA included him among the 25 most interesting international artists.

‘Shades 3’ Tellas (2016) – acrylic on canvas 200x150cm

‘white shades’ TELLAS – 50×70 cm, ink on arches paper

‘Around you’ Tellas (2016) ink on paper_30x30cm

Ciredz (Cagliari, 1981), is one of the most innovative artists of Italian urban abstract art. His works have been appreciated in numerous exhibitions and national and international events, such as Katowice Street Art Festival in Poland, Muu Festival in Croatia, Asalto Festival and US Barcelona in Spain, and the well-known Village Underground Wall in London.

‘Increasing Decreasing’ Ciredz (2016), graphite concrete and soil 52cm diam

‘Sample’ Ciredz – Cemento Terra Grafite53x53cm


Outdoor work

Ciredz ‘VOLUME 4’ – Sculpture installation for Viavai Project 2016

Ciredz in Catanzaro, Italy for Altrove Festival2015

Tellas for Cagliari Capitale della cultura 2015 . Photo © Antonio Pintus

Tellas for Viavai festival 2013


Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.