by Anna Sutton in New Events on Tuesday 26 May 2009

Piet Parra’s vividly coloured and voluptuous lemming-people get down to Italo Disco in the Amsterdam-based artist’s latest exhibition in Milan. Parra’s new works feature sensual and surreal figures busting raunchy poses to soundscapes from the electronic dance music movement that began in Italy and Europe in the late 1970s.

Parra is well know for his highly original hand drawn graphic design and typography. He also designs his own streetwear label, Rockwell clothing. But his artwork, like his music, has numerous influences and defies easy categorisation. Parra’s contribution to the psychadelic-gilded ghetto sounds of French band Le Le and the fruity disco and rebellious rock rhythms of Parra Soundsystem makes you wish he’d tour your hometown. Maybe, some day, he will.

The Disco of Italo runs May 19 – June 19, at Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan.