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2501 x SHE.LAB – Everything Expanding Endlessly IV


Produced by Varsi Art&Lab

Concept and Art Direction: 2501, Paola Pompili
Artworks: 2501
Graphic Design and Bookbinding: She.Lab Studio
Marble base design: Base/34
Marble base production:  Alfaterna Marmi
Screen Printing: 56Fili

Each book in this series of 10 copies is unique and entirely handmade.

Book: 13 x 22 cm
Box: 22,5 x 31 x 5 cm
Marble base: ∅ 10 cm

March 2023

Artist info


Milan-born artist 2501 works in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, installation, sculpture, photography, and film. Embarked in a quest for blank spaces, 2501 experiments with lines, shapes, and motion in free compositions that show strictness all the while breaking art codes. At the age of 20, he settled in Sao Paulo to teach painting to shantytown children, after studying Cinema and video editing in Milan and Visual Communication at the New Bahaus University of Weimar, Germany. His multidisciplinary approach led him to take on a documentary approach which evolved toward the Nomadic Experiment project, a series of international exhibitions, and a decennial digital archive focused around countercultures, communities, points of view, and experiments all over the world. 2501’s site-specific and socially committed work in constant dialogue with urban topography, mainly takes the form of murals, among which specific mural projects carried on in Los Angeles, Miami, Sao Paulo, Milan, Roma, Detroit, Chicago, Ulan Bator, New York, Atlanta, Kyiv. Always on the move due to a career that leads him to answer the calls of various art institutions and fairs around the world, he took part in numerous public art festivals like O.BRA, Living Walls, ALTrove, Art United Us, Artmossphere Biennale, Walk&Talk, Wabash Arts Corridor, Outdoor, Mural, Traffic Design, Painted the Desert Project. His art and process serve as an investigative conduit between an individual who has absorbed a number of principles from classical art and the application of them in a contemporary environment. He enjoyed many solo shows, among which La Macchina, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lissone, On the Brink of Disaster at Wunderkammern Gallery of Rome, See You On The Other Side and Anatomy of Restlessness at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles, Freedom of Choice at Celaya Brothers Gallery in Mexico City. Utilizing an approach that can be both primitive and sophisticated, the repetition of exploratory and evaluative line work is highlighted by 2501’s sensitivity to the relationship of the exacting details of surface and applicant. Equally important are the dynamics of open-air, empty spaces, and established structures or derelict buildings. The symbiotic relationship between positive and negative space is always at play, as each element swaps real estate back and forth.

Artist info


SHE.LAB is a creative studio specializing in editorial design and the art of handcrafted bookbinding born in 2019 from the idea of designer Paola Pompili with the aim of creating a reality that would become a referral point for book and paper object lovers, thanks to the experimentation of different techniques, materials, and supports. The ten-year collaboration with Galleria Varsi in Rome has evolved over time, making She.Lab an essential component of this project. Starting from January 2022, in fact, She.Lab works inside Varsi Art&Lab's laboratory and embody, together with the screen printing studio 56Fili and the design studio Base/34, its artisanal and productive side. In this space, Paola Pompili and bookbinder Claudia Mosena (who joins the project in 2022) work in synergy to design and create products that feature research, craftsmanship, and uniqueness as their strengths. The studio opens outward during workshops and becomes a place for sharing and disseminating manual skills and traditional workmanship dedicated to the world of bookbinding.

More info

Libri Anomali (Anomalist Books) is an editorial project created in Varsi Art&Lab’s art spaces by designer and bookbinder Paola Pompili (She.Lab). Libri Anomali produces small limited editions of unconventional art books, each entirely bound by hand, inside the lab and in collaboration with various contemporary artists.

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With the art book “Everything Expanding Endlessly”, designer Paola Pompili (She.Lab) and the artist 2501 investigate the infinite possibilities of a particular binding process called the “Flag Book”, conceived by Hedi Kyle, in which structural variations enhance 2501’s graphic work. The entire box set is handmade by She.Lab using hand-printed and hand-painted  boards by the artist.

2501’s graphic research starts from the different forms that the book can take, and includes both Indian ink drawings and monotype prints. The paper used to cover the boxes is hand painted and then screen printed by 56Fili. The marble base, designed by Base/34 and created by Alfaterna Marmi, allows the book to open in two different positions, each of which gives it a specific shape and a different perspective view of the contents.

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