Fonderia Artistica Battaglia and Galleria Lorcan O'Neill announce the exhibition of artist Gianni Politi (1986) who, for his first solo show in Milan, is presenting a new series of sculpture and painting.
For the past year the artist has worked closely with the artisans of the Fonderia Artistica Battaglia to produce the bronze sculptures in the show, which are a three-dimensional transfiguration of Gianni Politi’s tattoos: the devilish creatures, sculls and alchemic symbols inked on his body have become hangers on which the artist has placed shirts made from old, painted canvases.
They are self-portraits, functional objects, and serve as a surprising insight into the artist's latest approach to painting.
Alongside the bronze works is a new series of abstract canvases whose compositions and chromatic hues evoke mysterious and captivating landscapes. The works are made using parts and scraps of previous attempts, which Politi combines with spray painting to create forms that carry both the control of ancient art and the spontaneity of the modern movements (surrealism, abstract expressionism, art brut, informalism). As a result, the viewer finds himself projected towards the unknown, in a dimension of spiritual reflection.
The title of the exhibition is 2017— a pivotal year for the artist, both personally and artistically — and is accompanied by a fanzine published by CURA.BOOKS and a text by Attilia Fattori Franchini.
Photos by Andrea Rossetti
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Rome