Monday, February 20, 2012


To make our idea come to life we needed collaborators to help us. We asked Véro Dumas from La Moufette Mauve if she would be interested in working with us on this project and she jumped on the opportunity. We previously worked with Véro in September for Davide's newest photography series which will be exhibited for the first time in May 2012. She did a great job at creating custom masks for 20 models and was on set with us for the 4 day shoot. This time around all of the work was done at her Studio on Cartier near Masson.  We had the pleasure of assisting Véro with different tasks like punching arm hair on a silicone arm and prepping the base for an octopus tentacle.  She gives private and group classes at her studio.  Here she is talking about the tentacle we are creating for an installation piece which will be exhibited at Art Souterrain this weekend:

We have also been working with a very talented graphic designer to create pothole stickers which will be at the base of our installations. Her name is Amanda Di Pancrazio, she is a freelance graphic artist and animator living in Montreal.  She has 5+ years of experience in graphic design, specializing in both 2D and 3D design. She is currently working on an a mixed media animated short about my struggles of learning to ride a bicycle. Check out her work here:


Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Photos: Making of for Art Souterrain

Here is a little update for the Octopus and Quicksand installations.  We will post pics of the third installation soon!



Friday, February 3, 2012


We were thrilled when we received our letter of acceptance to partake in Art Souterrain. Along with some of our Potholes images which will be exhibited on the walls of the Complexe les Ailes (metro McGill) we are also creating three Potholes installations pieces which will be part performance/installation during the night of Nuit Blanche à Montréal

We are working in collaboration with talented sculptor Véro Dumas who is making our ideas come to life. Here are some photos of the making of so far...

Instalation 1: Quicksand

Mini maquette

Face casting:

Davide wanted to be involved in the process, even though it meant having a mouthful of alginate

Here he is "posing" as the man that is sinking in quicksand

Véro getting into all the cracks

Applying bandages to set the alginate

Mold created from Davide's face

Arm Casting:

Installation # 2

The octopus before birth

Mini maquette: Octopus

Art Souterrain is a seven kilometre artistic journey through the heart of Montreal’s underground passageways offering a variety of activities including workshops, lectures and artistic performances. The exhibition runs from February 25, 2012 to March 11, 2012. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 25th and runs until to 3:00 a.m. on the 26th as part of Nuit Blanche à Montréal, the finale of the Montreal High Lights Festival.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Exhibit at Galerie D'Avignon

POTHOLES: Davide Luciano et Claudia Ficca
At Galerie D’Avignon from the 8 to 22 of September 2011
Opening reception Wednesday September 14 at 5pm - 7pm
AFTER-PARTY at Baldwin Barmacy 115 Avenue Laurier Ouest

Galerie D’Avignon is pleased to feature the work of artists Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca as September’s guest exhibition. They will be presenting their wildly successful series Potholes. 

Potholes is a series of photographs depicting the concave street cracks and holes as a collection of imaginative tableaux in the city. Captured within the backdrops of Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City, the sets explore the urban flaws as a playground creating a multitude of uses out of the potholes. Directly engaging the street, the city, the highly imaginative series transforms the bad into good, creating a tongue-in-cheek collection that is at once contextual and surreal. 

Photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficcaʼs Potholes series have seen their work exhibited throughout Canada and the US. They have received international media attention, most recently appearing in Vanity Fair, Le Monde and The Telegraph amongst other world publications. Both artists have received and award of excellence by Ms. Megan Fontanella, curator at the Guggenheim Museum NYC. 
All the Potholes photographs and press coverage can be seen at

For more information contact Marian Read at Galerie D’Avignon. 


POTHOLES: Davide Luciano et Claudia Ficca
À la Galerie D’Avignon du 8 au 22 septembre 2011
Vernissage mercredi le 14 septembre à 17h-19h
AFTER-PARTY au Baldwin Barmacy 115 Avenue Laurier Ouest

La Galerie D’Avignon est fière de présenter le travail des artistes Davide Luciano et Claudia Ficca, artistes invités du mois de septembre. Ils y présenteront leur célèbre série de photographies, intitulée Potholes. 

Potholes est une série de photographies représentant les failles et cavités des chaussés de diverses métropoles de manière a créé des tableaux imaginatifs et ingénieux. Avec Montréal, Toronto, Los Angeles et New York comme toile de fond, les différentes scènes explorent les défauts de la ville de sorte à désigner une nouvelle vocation insolite pour chaque nid-de-poule. Mettant en vedette la rue et la ville, cette oeuvre hautement créative transforme le négatif en positif, laissant place à une collection ironique à la fois contextuelle et surréelle. 

La série Nid-de-poule des photographes Davide Luciano et Claudia Ficca a été présentée à travers le Canada et les États-Unis. Les médias internationaux lui ont voué une attention particulière, et elle a récemment fait apparition dans Vanity Fair, Le Monde et The Telegraph. Les artistes ont tout deux reçu un prix d’excellence de la part de Mme Megan Fontanella, curatrice au musée Guggenheim de New York.

Toutes les photographies de la série Potholes et la couverture médiatique peuvent être consultées sur le site

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter Marian Read à la Galerie D’Avignon. Tel:514.278.4777

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Large scale public exhibition in Montréal: Potholes billboards up on Rue de la Montagne

The winning photos are now up on Rue de la Montagne in Montréal. A special thank you to MAP for making it happen and to all those who voted for our work.  THANK YOU!!!!

Diver on Ave.Musset-  featuring Ricky Iarusso

Laundry on St-Urbain

About MAP:  Promoting creativity, helping it flourish freely in a dialog between artist and passer-by; such is the essential way to assure its vitality. MAP is a promoter of all manner of initiatives to make art accessible in daily life.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Potholes at Salon 5: First Canadian Place, Toronto

Selected photographs from our MyPotholes series are presently exhibited at The First Canadian Place in Toronto until August 26th, 2011

July 18 - August 26

Pentimento Fine Art Gallery and Wellington-Cooke Gallery Ltd. have partnered for the fifth annual Summer Salon.

Once again the exhibition focuses on the different genres of the art world. From the bold, moody, black and white photographs of Greg Holman to the vibrant mixed media work of Frances Patella, all mediums are showcased within the salon.

Please note: The FCP Exhibition is open from 11 am - 3 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coming soon: Potholes on Montréal Billboards!

Our winning  IMAGE BATTLE photographs will soon be on display on Montréal billboards on Rue de la Montagne. The selected images were "Laundry on St-Urbain" and "Diver on Musset".

We are looking forward to seeing the large scale images  on display in our city!


and here: 

Thank you to  MAP (Make Art Public), a wonderful organization that recuperates unsold advertising space in order to provide creative people from a variety of artistic fields with a distribution network in direct view of the mainstream public.

Also a special thank you to our friend and model Ricky Iarusso for accepting to pose in a pothole for our project.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Park ART Magazine

"... PARK [art magazine] is a joint project wich aims to bring together as many creative minds as possible, from different backgrounds and willing to share their work through a home-grown online and future printed publication dedicated to art and culture..." 

Park´s a bilingual publication (portuguese + english). It´s mainly focused as a promotion tool for young, underground artists and creatives worldwide. An online showcase of talent, skill, irreverence and attitude.

Thanks you to our featured models: Walk of Fame: Steven Ho and his crew Tess Alexandra Callner, Patrick Srail, Paul-Brian McReynolds. Baywatch: Ania Spiering. Alice: Carolyn Goettler. Scubadiver:Stefano Fiorino. Diver: Ricky Iarusso.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Baywatch on Amalfi Drive in Vanity Fair Italia

We are so happy to be featured in the current  issue (june 15, 2011) of Vanity Fair Italia

On the cover:  Italian actress Illaria Spada

The photograph chosen by Vanity Fair featured in the magazine: Baywatch on Amalfi Drive with Russian beauty, model Ania Spiering

"Potholes as works of art. An idea from MyPotholes (, artistic project by Italo-Canadian duo Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca, whom transform chasms in the pavement in photography sets. Next stop?  Miami, to create a pothole scene inspired by CSI Miami. A.D'A."

Friday, March 11, 2011

We are proud to be featured in this issue of segdDesign magazine

Current Issue

From the red dots of the revitalized Quartier des Spectacles to pothole art, the work of street artist Roadsworth, and the Montreal Science Centre, the new issue of segdDESIGN is a tribute to Montreal, the only UNESCO City of Design in North America.

segdDESIGN NO. 31 focuses on the city where SEGD will host its 2011 SEGD Conference+Expo+Awards June 1-4. The issue also includes these stories:
  • ArchiType: The work of German designer Andreas Uebele
  • Branching Out: Environmental graphics invigorate the public libraries of the 21st century
  • In Transition: Airports transcend their role as generic waystations and become unique and engaging destinations.


Article written by Wendy Helfenbaum

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ALICE going to Washington, DC

"Alice and Wonderland" will be exhibited at the FOTO WEEK DC FESTIVAL 2010  November 6-13

From FOTOWEEK's Website:
Inside, outside...
Every hour of the day and night...
On the street, in the galleries and museums...and on-line...
It’s FotoWeek DC, the festival of photography and new media.
And for one week this 
November 6-13, it’s Everywhere!
Over the past three years, FotoWeek DC has skyrocketed as one of the world’s premier photography festivals. Tens of thousands of fans have come to expect the unexpected: colossal photo projections on the walls of the city’s famed architecture...all-night photo experiences...evocative exhibitions of award-winning images...lectures and workshops by internationally renowned photographers.
Innovation. Creativity. Expansion. Transformation! 
That’s the power of photography. 
That’s the point of FotoWeek DC.
And it’s Everywhere You See.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Opening Reception at Agora Gallery NYC

It was a great honor for us to be part of the 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition with fellow artists: Alina Alexandrovna, Evi Apostolou, Peter Baldinger, Roberto Bernardo, Denny Bond, Allen Bryan, Cassie Clements, M. Worrell / D. Mott, Gaspare Di Caro, Ferdinando Di Maso, Horacio Dowbley, Julio Stanly Flores, Jose A. Gallego, Edward Hahn, Eily K Jammy, Nick Kozak, Stephanie Kristofic, Jürgen Lechner, Michael May, Hally McGehean, Víctor Meliá De Alba, Franco Monari, Losan Piatti, Allie Regan, Ruth Schreiber, Yea Jin Song, Peter Strobos, Alec Von Bargen, Sangeun Yu.

Here are some picture of the opening reception which took place August 19th.

Happy to be here!

Selected works

Other artists selected for the exhibition:
Peter Baldinger 

Allie Regan

Eily K Jammy

Stephanie Kristofic

Opening reception:

Flickr Photostream