FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
110 to Hellman Ave
7 JANUARY – 11 FEBRUARY 2012
Reception Saturday 7 JANUARY 6:00 to 8:00 PM
MARC FOXX is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Alessandro Pessoli.
Pessoli’s third exhibition with the gallery reflects on his recent relocation to Los Angeles from Milan and the revelations that come from being a stranger in a strange land. Pessoli has said, “…I realize how fragile and subtle is this reassuring feeling; the boundary between feeling at home and feeling a stranger is fragile, precarious. The works I’m presenting are part of this life suspended between a sense of belonging and one of alienation…” The works in the exhibition combine the artists deep love and knowledge of European art history along with his influences from his new home providing a rich result.
The Los Angeles landscape is referred to in the exhibition title “110 to Hellman”, the route taken from the artists’ studio to his home. The romance and affect of the Los Angeles driving landscape on the artist is clear in the largest work in the exhibition, Echo Park, 2011, a 15 foot long painting sitting upon two small, steel sawhorses. The image is of a 1980’s Mercedes against a rainbow background, while the exterior and interior of the car is a psychedelic field of flowers and prismatic color. This is a car that Pessoli feels is a representation of the city’s artist and dreamer occupants: a kind of fantasy transportation.
110 to Hellman, 2011 is also a title of a work on view that incorporates a very common technique in American art, the process of silkscreen. Pessoli replicates two images of his studio side by side and hangs them on a sculptural bronze rack. Each of the 20 silkscreen prints vary in color and include unique, manual interventions made with stencils. Although only the first two are visible, the colors of the other prints are reflected on the sides.
Pessoli’s Los Angeles inspiration is consciously revealed in the sculptural work on view. The artist’s sculptural practice had previously existed in his celebrated ceramic work, but in this exhibition his sculptures exist in bronze, aluminum and steel, beautifully bringing together the resources of Los Angeles with the romanticism of European imagery. Books Waiter, 2011, a lost-wax cast in aluminum, is a bowing figure with a book cradled in his arched back. This unique book of 134 intimate and subtle drawings are made from newspaper and spray-paint, all intimations of a daily practice of art in Los Angeles. Hellman, 2011, a large cast bronze head, is polished in certain areas and emerging from a modernist steel construction.
In The Player, 2011, we see a figure leaning on a bench underneath a flagpole of red fabrics. The most complex sculpture in the exhibition, the figure has a shape that is at the same time gaunt and dense with details; both rigid and soft, even maniacal in the definition of its asymmetric, crooked nose. The figure is lost in thought. Absorbed and focused, he holds the vision of the entire show. Holding coins in his hand, the figure plays with and searches for balance. These sculptures, along with the title of the exhibition, give viewers a sense of the constructed environs that Pessoli has experienced and the route that he takes to, in effect, “go home”.
Alessandro Pessoli’s solo exhibitions include Caligola at Nottingham Contemporary, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rome and the Maromotti Collection, Reggio Emilia. Recent selected group exhibitions include the 3rd Thessalonki Biennale of Contemporary Art in Greece, Jean-Luc Blanc, Opera Rock, curated by Alexis Valliant at CAPC Bordeaux in France and Making Worlds, curated by Daniel BIrnbaum at the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale.