The Alpha Project is the latest project developed by the street artist RONE, a cluster of four massive portrait murals painted secretly over three months in a large abandoned paper mill due for demolition.
The urban artist RONE started from a fundamental assumption: street art is an ephemeral form of art, a passing one; the time, with its incessant urban rhythm, consumes, transforms and layering it. RONE realized his latest series of work on the walls of the mill’s ruinous machine rooms. Only a small group of people were able to view the pieces before they were painted over and the building was destroyed. This makes the work more significant once it is gone. It shifts the value on to the documentation of the work rather than the work itself.
For The Alpha Project, RONE has painted the walls with massive, meticulously rendered portraits of women. The artworks were on view within the building for only a few days. “More people see my work in a documented form than will ever see it in person,” RONE says. “Knowing this has changed the way I think about the life of my work. nothing lasts forever. As long as it’s there long enough to be documented, I know that it will live on in another form.”
Photographs of the five portraits will be available soon although the actual murals will never be seen by the naked eye again. “The temporariness is what makes it contemporary, of the moment, and more important or special.”