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Poster Monday: Christmas 2020

For the first Poster Monday spot december we are featuring a poster from Tomaso Marcolla. He is graduated from the Art Institute of Trento (Italy) and started working as a graphic designer in 1985. “The first cartoons dates to the ‘90s and they were realized with traditional techniques, namely watercolor, pen, collage. My first poster, already rewarded in a competition, was called “Peace talks”, it dates to 1999 and it was realized with pen on paper.

Afterwards the technique evolved with the diffusion of “digital”. The technique of realization changes, but the inspiration always comes out in the same way: a piece of news, a social problem, an event which impressed me particularly. Successively, I try to reproduce it through my art with the aim to intrigue and to stimulate reflection. I even choose to represent tragic events, but never violently”.

About the Christmas 2020 poster Tomaso tells us: “Our life has been conditioned by the spread of Covid-19 for many months now. We got used to see graphs, which show the progress of infection and we always hope to see it decreases. There is one graph which became the symbol of the Corona virus pandemic, it is called “flatten the curve”. It demonstrates, in a simple and intuitive way, the importance to slow down as much as possible the spread of an epidemic, so that the health system can assist all patients preventing the collapse.

For Christmas I created the shape of a Christmas tree, which reminds a graph, whose line, after having reached the peak (symbolizing the star), goes finally down. This image reflects what we all are hoping for: the decrease of infection cases”.

The topics of my art works are the values which characterized my daily life, such as the solidarity, the non-violence and the environmental protection, which I try to represent in an original way, in order to stimulate curiosity, reflection and thinking, always with a connection to the present.

If you would like to learn more from Tomaso’s work visit his web page, and remember to submit your poster for the next edition of Poster Monday. Find all the info you need in our submissions page, and facebook.

Christmas 2020

Poster Monday: Peace Negotiations

For this Poster Monday spot we have the work of a previously presented designer; Tomaso Marcolla and his first poster awarded for a competition “Peace Negotiations”. He started working as a graphic designer in advertising agencies since 1985.
“My job consisted of the classic role of the graphic designer, from the creation of a company logo to the advertising campaign, to video commercials, etc. Parallel to my profession, I carried forward what was my passion that I initially developed by creating satirical cartoons. The first prize I receive at a comic competition in the Municipality of Genoa dates back to 1996. Later I started to create posters especially for charitable associations and to raise awareness on social issues. My first poster awarded for a competition was called “peace negotiations” and dates back to 1999 and is made in pen on paper. The last prize, in order of time, is the bronze medal in the international competition “Ecuador Poster Biennial” in the poster section on the theme “Donald Trump” entitled “The wall” and is entirely made in digital”.
“Having an artistic education, in fact I graduated from the institute of art, my posters are often a contamination, a collage of traditional artistic techniques (drawing, watercolor, etc.) with digital computer intervention. The themes that I tackle in my posters are the values ​​that characterize my daily life such as solidarity, nonviolence, the defense of the environment and so on. That, linking up with current events, I try to represent in an original way that makes me curious, think and reflect. They are often surreal visions, the cow with the straitjacket (mad cow), the pig that shoots projectiles (swine flu), a cross between a sheep and a cauliflower (GMO), a drop of blood that forms the flag of Japan ( in memory of the tragic events that hit Japan in 2011). The first vignettes are born in the 90s and were made with traditional techniques, watercolor, pen, collage (mad cow). The technique has subsequently evolved with the spread of “digital”. Change the technique of realization but the inspiration always comes in the same way: a news of current events, a social problem, a fact that strikes me particularly. Later I try to represent, to intrigue, to make people reflect, in a non-violent way, even on topics that are often tragic”.

“I consider digital art as a different form of art, with some communication possibilities peculiar to more traditional art forms. The choice of the medium in fact always depends on “how” and “what” I want to communicate. However, I remain always fond of traditional techniques (watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage) that I love to experiment and that, unlike computers, offer direct contact with the work”.

Trattative di pace, 1999, disegno e computer grafica, cm 50×70
poster selezionato alla mostra sul manifesto di pubblica utilità
AIAP – “Manifesto dissenso” 1999 – Comune di Montescaglioso (MT)