“The Tradition” – A new mural by ZEDZ in Milan, Italy
Dutch graffiti pioneer ZEDZ was back in Milan (where he lived for nine years) to paint a massive mural inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondriaan. ZEDZ used Mondriaan’s iconic colors (yellow, red, green, and blue) to give a new perspective to a facade in the Corvetto neighborhood by overlapping abstract shapes, lines, transparencies, and volumes. This playful, conceptual technique emphasizes rhythm and balance over the fixed form of the letters, attempting to comprehensively eclipse traditional style writing.
“I’m not into style writing, or perhaps I do -but in a way that changes the concept of style writing. This is what graffiti is to me. There are people trying to limit graffiti, trying to put it in a box; they say things like: “This is graffiti” or “This is not graffiti anymore, because you used a stencil.” I want to be outside the box and, if I go inside the box, it’s because I want to widen it.”ZEDZ