Galleria Antonio Verolino struck up a partnership with Mode 2, one of Europe’s best-known street artists, at a Venice Biennale fringe event known as “The Bridges of Graffiti”. Originally from Mauritius, Mode worked in London in the 1980s and now lives in Berlin. In conjunction with the Modena-based gallery, he created a 3.6 x 1.2m tapestry with an astonishing degree of visual impact. The same can be said of his large paintings and drawings, which represent a sincere and unprecedented expression of the artist’s inimitable talent. Seen as one of the forerunners of the Anglo-Saxon graffiti scene – he was co-founder of The Chrome Angelz, a London-based crew that became one of the most influential in Europe – Mode rose to fame when street art was still an underground movement.
Totally uncompromising, his work has an almost crude directness, but it’s always moving, has won public acclaim, and even features in the work of U2; because the Irish band used Mode’s creative flair in their “Films of Innocence”, released concurrently with the album “Songs of Innocence”. Back in 1984, Francesca Alinovi brought New York graffiti to Italy (“Frontier Art. New York Graffiti”). Now Galleria Antonio Verolino is making waves in the contemporary art world with equally bold initiatives with a distinctly international flavour.