Incisive and thought-provoking works by Beast
Italian artist Beast, currently based in Milan, has been very active on the streets of European and US cities since 2009, with a focus on stencils at first and nowadays creating collages on a gold frame aiming to highlight political and social issues.
His bold and incisive, ironic and thought-provoking interventions in the public space comment on contemporary celebrity culture and reveal the artist’s obsession to mash up iconic images with faces of politicians, strikingly realistic and so powerful that “the likeness becomes real and the final effect touches the believable”.
What he achieves through his works is, in fact, an honest translation of what lies behind the often manipulative stories that are presented to us in the major owned media, the distorted discourses and deceitful actions of politicians, exposing the flaws of a system feeding its people with illusions, creating the problem to fit the interests of those in power and leave it unsolved for those who suffer the consequences.
The necessity, we believe, of art on the streets is connecting with people through such messages, raising questions and awareness to aspects of life that we tend to ignore, although they affect us both individually and as collective. And Beast does exactly this – showing us the other side, taking us behind the scenes, reading between the lines and guiding us far from our comfort zone to stop and reflect, at least for a moment, on things that are already part of our present or may become reality sooner than we expect.
‘Heavy clouds always break up’, Milan
Beast – ‘S/S 2015’, Regensburg
‘Stayed away a thousand days and things have changed like a decade’, Zürich
‘Tiny Advice’, Valencia
‘Something Changed’, NYC
‘2 people like these’, NYC (more info about the project here)
‘The 25 Cheapest Billboards in LA’, Los Angeles
‘I’ve Got Friends in the Highest Places’, NYC
‘FB is For Losers’, Los Angeles
‘If we stop writing, will you stop removing?’, Berlin
Images © Beast