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Alessandro Pessoli

Studio Guenzani

Alessandro Pessoli’s work is dominated by satirical images that are often sadistic, grotesque, and adolescent in their ability to induce nervous laughter. Pessoli has always given titles to his exhibitions which attempt to create a context for his often diverse works. His 1993 show “Maelstrom” consisted of the installation of some 1,900 drawings that served as a tempestuous diary of political, economic, and ideological breakdown.

The title of Pessoli’s recent exhibition, “In Marcia” (On the march), immediately brought to mind fears of enforced discipline associated with the recent resurgence of Italy’s fascist party. Here Pessoli presented 14 oil paintings and a set of 9 small, obsessively overworked drawings in simple ballpoint on board. Eyes seem to be the common denominator in these drawings: they are present on animated worm heads busy burrowing through an animal skull; they stare from

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