A couple of weeks ago BC Gallery opened a new solo sow featuring the work of Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli and his latest collages and sculptures.  

Pretension of Greatness” features a series of collages – which form a large part of the work – along with sculptures that are defined by a heavy restlessness.
The enormous amount of motives, partially layered or squeezed in next to each other build up an extreme tension within the picture, catapulting the spectator right into a kind of obscure battlefield. This tension is not only defined by the density of motives but also by the semantics of materials, the technical thoroughness contrasting with the fragility of the paper. Additionally to the collage works, there also will be sculptures made of bronze and fabric.
As a result the atmosphere is filled with contrasts and contradictions. Bronze, one of the highest rated materials concerning the material hierarchies in art is being forced into a fusion with fabric and is put through a sort of desacralisation process and yet results in an outcome that appears even stronger than each on its own.

Fasoli often relates his work thematically to his native country, Argentina. For this exhibition the influence of the historical alteration of his homeland, which did not only have to fight for independence, but also underwent many years of military dictatorships and has been kept in a perpetual state of change which in turn creates a very strong characteristic is clearly visible throughout all the artworks.

Pretension of Greatness” is open for public viewing through October 7th at the gallery located on Libauer Strasse 14, 10245 Berlin, Germany.


About the artist
Franco Fasoli alias JAZ, who‘s career started as a graffiti writer in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid 90‘s has, over the years, developed his designs from a letter based to a more complex and figurative style which is determined by his unique way of mixing colors. Inspired by his work in scenography, Fasoli started experimenting with several quite unusual materials such as asphaltic paint, petrol, tar and limewhich allowed him to create his very own technique for mural painting that results in a watercolor-like luminescent but transparent effect. Through motives like lucha-libre-style wrestling or hybrid creatures like minotaurs that many times occur mirrored or aspart of a mass he is dealing with Argentinian culture and the issues that come with it. Usually they are locked in combat and attest tometaphoric violence or the bipolarity of the human mind. This is also reflected in his new technique with paper collages. Being able to develop new techniques without losing the strong nature of his vision is what makes Franco Fasoli be respected and successful in the art scene.

About BC Gallery

BC Gallery was founded in April 2013 by Nick Bargezi, a sound designer and art collector from Basel Switzerland and is co-curated and managed by Phillipp Barth. The Berlin based gallery has since established itself in the high-end urban and contemporary art market, featuring regular solo and group exhibitions by internationally renowned and upcoming contemporary artists.

The gallery‘s main goal is to provide artists and collectors alike with a reliable and sustainable platform. An important part of maintaining success and sustainability as a gallery is having a team which constantly and with passion researches and develops within the rapidly changing art market. It is our goal to provide artists with the support they need to produce their work, consult with our clients with professional and thoroughly researched market development advice and to utilize every possibility into bringing the gallery to the next level.


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.

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