Cervia, Italy, 1963; lives in Milan, Italy
oil, enamel and spray on canvas
Although impregnated with its own style, the figuration that appears in Alessandro Pessolis oeuvre has been related to a wide range of references: from the stylization of cartoons to plays by Samuel Beckett (19061989), and from Italian religious painting to the expressionism of Edvard Munch (18631944). In this room, paintings done on various supports explore different densities. Whereas in Pessolis more recent paintings on canvas a greater sense of conflict affects the positioning of the figure and leads to the combination of techniques such as oil and spray paint, in his gouaches the gesture flows more freely, nearly causing the effacement of the figure. This principle becomes evident in Caligola (2002), an animation that required three years work in 4.500 drawings transferred to an electronic support, video, in which painting dematerializes. What we see is a somewhat indistinct plot that involves a long journey telluric settings, human figures and animals, thereby evoking one of the artists favorite subjects: metamorphosis.