On display there will be new and differently sized works by Microbo and Bo130 will be exhibited in the Wunderkammern gallery space in Via Nerino 2. Symbols, archetypes, recurring patterns, numbers, letters, poetry, sentences and puns will dialogue with Microbo’s invisible microcosm and Bo130’s dreamlike and surreal visions.
An exhibition-journey to the edge of reality in the words of the authors: “Whichever way you want to translate it, the word FunToMentalism undoubtedly leads us into the tortuous meanderings of the mind, whether it is a grammatical mistake (fundamentalism), a Freudian slip, a literal translation or a slang phrase from a musical text. We thought it was fun to present this project with puns: “having fun with mentalism”, “so much fun to go crazy”, “making fun of the mind…”.
The artworks presented at the Wunderkammern gallery originate as a visual philosophical game inspired by the Universal Laws of Hermetic Philosophy and the title of the exhibition – Expanded FunToMentalism – refers to the principle of Mentalism or the Law of Spirit, the first of the seven laws, namely “Everything is spirit, the universe is mental, in the beginning the Word”. Hermeticism has its roots in Egypt and Ancient Greece; its founder, Hermes Trismegistus, is an almost mythical figure who combines the attributes of the deities Thoth and Hermes. This philosophical current is characterised by a holistic conception of the cosmos according to which the world is governed by Seven Universal Laws: the Law of Spirit, Analogy, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect and Gender.
Microbo and Bo130, attracted by this philosophy, embark on a new journey in search of “enlightenment”, remixing history with contemporary expressions, weaving imaginary discourses of stories seen, heard, danced, lived and dreamed. As the hermetic tradition dictates, not everything is revealed, only the curious and attentive eye will have access to what is not revealed. Expanded FunToMentalism is the continuation of the artistic path that began in 2021 with the event As above so below, in which the artists presented the first artworks created especially for Wunderkammern, drawing on the Law of Analogy, which states: “As above, so below”.
The main body of the exhibition consists of artworks of various sizes created both individually and by four hands using different materials: objects recovered from the street, wooden panels and planks, carpentry scraps, old frames taken from cellar clearances, all reassembled into canvases to be painted where the support becomes an integral part of the work itself.
Both artists have a very distinctive painting style in which abstraction and graphic and illustrative representation coexist. The use of collages, posters and stencils, letters and drawings made with acrylic or spray paint are presented as a multitude of layers, thus creating a personal, cryptic and often irreverent visual language that sees diversity, confrontation and the reversal of opposites as the starting point for their creations.
Bo130 and Microbo have shared this artistic partnership for more than 20 years and are also bound together in life.