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Lucio Pozzi

John Weber Gallery

For one who holds to terms like artist and style, the work of Lucio Pozzi is hard to consume. This is intended: Pozzi uses many many forms, all equally, in order to confound our sense of relative value. The question is, what criteria is offered instead?

In the show one came upon cartoons, pointillist watercolors, constructivist wood pieces, modernist paintings, paintings with photographs, etc. I say “pointillist” and “constructivist” impressionistically: here they are not terms to be reinscribed (nor, thank God, happy quotes that make for bland synthesis). “I don’t mix incompatibles,” Pozzi says, “I just juxtapose them.”

Here the question of address arises. The work is disposed to the initiate, the patron, the plain joe—all at once; no hierarchy is insinuated. Pozzi “juxtaposes” classes and consciousnesses in a way that is less Marxian than Utopian. He produces work by means of “mechanisms”

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