milan

Patrick Tuttofuoco

Studio Guenzani

A parody of a city: a group of ten skyscrapers, each about six feet tall—i.e., human scale—made of wood, plastic, and painted metal. They are bulky and colored like toys; neon lights invest them with an artificial splendor. The title of Patrick Tuttofuoco’s WalkAround (all works 2002) refers to both the possibility of moving around and amid the elements of the installation and the fact that the work reflects the artist’s wanderings through East Asia, particularly the high-tech centers of the region’s megalopolises, which are futuristic but also subtly permeated by an atmosphere of kitsch. Tuttofuoco, a young artist who lives in Milan, takes a playful, imperturbably subversive approach, poking fun at architecture, the design process, and the planning and appearance of urban spaces as well as an idea of habitation that is thought to be based on rules and preestablished schemes.

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