Exhibition + Book Launch
Piro has always been interested in the characterization of traditions and images from either imaginary or factual deities and his style is unmissably related to graphic design, owing to the Italian tradition of Bruno Munari.
The exhibition will show 4 new large-format works, in conjunction with the show, SHS Publishing is proud to present the author´s first book.
Collecting more than 126 original artworks, the publication is a unique work of art itself. All designs are handcut on paper during the artist’s stay in Bangkok (Thailand). They were then scanned and printed with a Duplo 63s duplicator in 7 plain colors. The covers are also all hand-carved by the author. The order of the pages differs from copy to copy. The binding was done at Legatoria Universo in Ravenna, Italy by master binder Mario Verità on a semi-manual 24-wires Martini binding machine. The cover was glued and hot pressed by hand and printed in gold foil. Each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.
Homage and satire, serious reflection and playful parody, soothing, gruesome and witty, this book constitutes a pantheon of deities and demons from a secret religion. TOTEM is about both the representation and evocation of power itself, and it will be of inspiration for designers, artists and witchdoctors alike.