Maurizio Mochetti

Gio Marconi Gallery

This exhibition by Maurizio Mochetti, a Roman artist who had his first solo show in 1968, resembled an adolescent’s playroom. One installation—Pinguini (Penguins), 1987/2005—included a group of models of Nazi rockets with multicolored paint jobs, apparently ready to blast off vertically. Nearby, in Baka con punti laser (Baka with Laser Points), 1976/2005, a red laser beam cut across the length of a model of a Japanese missile. Another room contained Gee Bee, 1983/2004, a model of an American fighter plane from the ’30s, equipped with a motor, turned on at chance intervals, which would have allowed the model to fly were it not held to the floor by cables. There was one more model—Bluebird CN7, 1996/2002—this one of a record-breaking race car, immobile but with its parachute open as if filled with wind. Finally, Forme piene e laser (Full Forms and Laser), 1987/2005, consisted of an irregular

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