LUCIO POZZI | se ti giri, vedi l’orizzonte che si addensa
thursday february 24th, 2011 – 6.30pm
april 9th, 2011
tuesday to saturday, 4–8pm
or by appointment
STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI is pleased to present a solo show by LUCIO POZZI, with the title if you turn you may see the horizon thickens, consisting of works specially realized for this occasion and other recent ones, all “happening to share”, as the artist notices, the same kind of holes drilled in them. Since the 70s, Lucio Pozzi used Conceptual Art as a starting point for questioning the assumptions of art, seeking intensity and inspiration through continuous alternation of different artistic experiences. Today, his production continues to move between abstract and figurative paintings, photographic works, actions, installations and video.
“I do not know the exact purpose of my art. I do it like that, existentially, just to be there. (…) I try to keep always on the cutting edge of doing. I work going back from time to time to combinations of matrices that I hope will be ever more varied, each one of them as an echo of different thoughts and feelings. I know that there is no way to avoid the mark of my person and of my time, and so, instead of directing what I do, I surrender to the impulses that arise from the layers of experience. So, for years, I have found myself alternating between contemplative events approaching the void and crowded images that arise from the preconscious; from painting to pantomime, to constructed architectures.“
The 40 Red Planets (2010) small wooden boards drilled with various holes and painted in red gloss enamel are crowded near the entrance of the gallery and then scatter towards the main room in the same way they themselves are pockmarked by drilled holes. The economical aspect and the selling procedures are part of the work, like in a game: the first is sold at a very low price and any subsequent purchase just increases the cost of the next.
The three large paintings on paper from the Crowd Group (2011) realized for this exhibition, all in black on white and depicting complex images in which the biomorphic combines with the geometric, stand out from the back wall of the main hall. Finally, there are also two paper works of the recent New Traces group (2011), made of a thin glaze of acrylic paint, which reveal geometric profiles etched with a knife into the paper’s surface, continuing experiences started in the ’70s, and The Eyes of Selene (2004), an aluminium sand cast to which are added two small brass excrescences.
Special thanks go to Frittelli Contemporary Art Gallery in Florence.
Read and download the exhibition’s press release.
LUCIO POZZI was born in 1935 in Milan, Italy. After living a few years in Rome, where he studied architecture, he came to the United States in 1962, as a guest of the Harvard International Summer Seminar. He then settled in New York and took the US citizenship. He currently lives and works in Hudson, NY, and Valeggio s/M (Verona) Italy.
Pozzi is a painter who likes to paint and pursue his painterly concerns in other media as well. In 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibited his early videotapes in one of the first single-artist exhibitions of the Projects:Video series. He also sets up large installations and organizes performances. He occasionally writes and has taught at the Cooper Union, Yale Graduate Sculpture Program, Princeton University, School of Visual Arts NY and the Maryland Institute of Art. He currently is an occasional visiting professor at American art schools and European Academies.
For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.
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