Fonderia Artistica Battaglia

April 13th – May 18 2018

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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.

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

“Fantastic gardens, hybrid creatures, bouquets of epiphytic stories, synthetic fragrances and mythological machines, but also colours, crystals, songs and infrasounds which could be intended for us humans as much as for our contemporaries: plants, animals, minerals, breaths and chemistries, waves and bacteria, are just some of the ingredients that make up the porous landscapes of this 15th Lyon Biennale.
The artist takes into consideration some well-known artists of the last decades, insinuating doubt into certain dominant narratives, forcing us to look differently at or adjust our focus on existing works. At Istituto Svizzero, Milan
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, artists like Cézanne and Matisse took up this motif to express evolving notions about the body, changing ideas about pleasure, one’s relationship to nature, and how the longing for the new (in art) potentially renews a broader and more inclusive understanding of what it means to live with or against societal changes. Greene Naftali, New York
Antoine Levi, Paris
Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Peres Projects, Berlin
C L E A R I N G, New York
HangarBicocca, Milan