Marco Mazzucconi

Galleria Franz Paludetto

Marco Mazzucconi’s manipulations of transparent films and fields of solid color over aluminum sheets appropriate a look of mechanical reproduction. This appropriated, or feigned, look, combined with the artistic use of images, text, and painting, results in a kind of collage, or graft. The elements in Mazzucconi’s works include text in several languages, draped leather and granite, 50,000-lire bills, and playing cards; they are often repeated, cropped, and inverted. Like his use of mechanically produced images, Mazzucconi’s use of painting, here monochromatic stripes and squares, maintains a direct relationship to its original territory: painterly abstraction. These works call into question the Modernist relationship to representation and meaning, and to the current state of communication, while functioning in the shadows of a romanticized notion of mechanical reproduction.

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