GIANNI MELOTTI | chi ce l’ha, lo sa
december 10th, 1992 – 6pm
january 23rd, 1993
tuesday to saturday, 4-8pm
Gianni Melotti defines himself as a “fotografatore” (photographer), a researcher of images, and for some years he has been working with the concept of simulacrum. His works of art challenge the era of the technical reproducibility of art works via the systematic use of impertinent materials. His work also exhibits a desire to practice the craft in line with its own logical coherence. Following a timeless passion for silicone paintings, with this series of sculptures Melotti returns to a basic, primitive and Neolithic material.
With his clay works, he creates a sort of sculptural design from life, fascinated as he is by the incumbent and omnipresent field of technology which has invaded his formal memory. The everyday subjects of his visions are those objects that appear to us more for their aesthetic stylistic qualities than for their specific functionality. And which seduce us, making us passively fall in love with their forms. Here then, is the monochrome monolith of a TV COLOUR STEREO 29, and of a WALKMAN, AM-FM, PC, DAT, FAX, etc., made using different types of clay, left at its normal state of dehydration, or cooked with traditional or primitive-Oriental combustion techniques.
Chi ce l’ha, lo sa could be an archaeological exhibition executed in a distant future consistent with our contemporary technology.
Namely: the technical work of art in the age of its artistic reproducibility.
GIANNI MELOTTI (1953), Florence, Italy. He studied art and photography in Florence.
The subject of his research has always been the representation of the image. He constantly uses photography or other instruments of reproduction to make recordings in order to subsequently hand the subject back in the form of different meanings. His work is a reflection on images as they manifest themselves, as they are perceived, as they are discussed and remembered. In reality there are no differences in technique (between the photographed object and the sculpture) just the context in which that given visual, imaginative, procedural experience takes place.
In recent years, with the production of numerous series of photographic works, he has continued his dialogue, examining in greater depth the relationship between the attention of the act of looking and the expansion of the instant.
For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.
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