Costantino Zicarelli

Costantino Zicarelli is a self-proclaimed failed musician and graffiti artist whose works reflect the history of drone metal, black metal, and everything rock n’ roll. His works and exhibitions are often inspired by song lyrics, such as his 2013 show at Silverlens titled white as moonlight, as white as bone, as dark as the snake, as dark as the throne. Exploring pop culture’s ‘dark side’, Zicarelli’s graphite grey drawings reveal images of skulls, dark forests, locks hanging in tangles, disco balls, smashed guitars, dead rock stars, and tattoo emblems. The artist explains that his practice is less about being a groupie, and more about showcasing a less chaotic side of the industry. His 2014 exhibition The Dust of Men was inspired by the work and aesthetic of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey. From images of sacrifice to decay, this exhibition showcased the eternal fragility of humankind.

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