Londra-New York | 2006

Le “anatomie” rappresentano lo sviluppo più recente del lavoro di Gianni Lodi: parti del corpo sagomate con legni recuperati dal mare, abbinati a indumenti, scarpe in particolare, trovati casualmente sui marciapiedi o in negozi di infimo ordine. La radicalità di questa scelta ne scandisce le coordinate a un tempo ideologiche, nel senso di un’arte ecologista e ‘impegnata’, e stilistiche, nel senso di una coniugazione della filosofia del ready made con quella della trash art.
Sullo sfondo la convinzione che, lungi dall’essere un angelo salvatore, l’artista si rivela piuttosto un peccatore spudorato, unica e vera condizione che garantisca oggi un’adeguata potenzialità creativa.

 

Gianni Lodi was born in Cremona. He lives and works in Framura, a very old sea village within the Cinque Terre Park. Since 1999 he has participated in many exhibits in Italy and abroad (New York, Berlin, London). Assembling raw materials picked up from the beach but also from the city streets, Gianni Lodi creates objects with a strong evocative power. They remind to the iconography of the archaic cultures (totem, bucranes, ceremonial masks) but, at the same time, they allude to the alienating constraints of the present all-encompassing consumerism. As writes Ed McCormack, Lodi  “…excavates for archetypical forms in urban detritus convincingly trasforming (for istance) the body of a demolished motorcycle into a primitive mask to convey a bizarre cultural continuum…”. Male, the piece shown here, is based on the matching of two primary colours (blue/red) and of two materials so different as wood and plastic. It’s emotional force shows that the energy is, yesterday as to-day, the result of the joining of the opposite poles.