Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio


Total darkness. At the back of the gallery, beyond the arches that divide its two spaces, a large screen showed Mondo fantastico (Wonderful World), 2004, a short animated video by the young Neapolitan artist Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio. The opening image is a cooked chicken leg moving up and down—the first of a long series of curious symbols connected to one another like gears in a piece of eccentric machinery. (From the beginning, Scotto di Luzio has played with irony and paradox, as if to warn us that what we are about to see is his own idiosyncratic interpretation of life.) Next follows a series of abstract details that suggest a bicycle wheel, a car engine, the pulley of a torture machine. A caption informs us that the work has been inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (1936–42). The Neapolitan artist evokes the poet’s work with total freedom, appropriating only certain details, using

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