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Pietro Roccasalva, ‘Fanfaro’, 2014, Zeno X Gallery
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Fanfaro, 2014

Painted wood, fried rice ball
47 3/5 × 28 7/10 × 50 in
121 × 73 × 127 cm
Edition 2/3/3 + 1AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Antwerp Borgerhout
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photographer: Peter Cox; courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Pietro Roccasalva
Italian, b. 1970
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Pietro Roccasalva describes his working process as “the opposite of collage,” by which he means he allows internal elements of the image to rise to the surface. Although his practice includes sculpture, installation, digital modeling, film, performance, and drawing, painting remains essential, serving as the “microchip” around which all else orbits. His painted figures show traces of religious iconography, modernist collage, and digital distortion, which collectively lend them a sense of simultaneous familiarity and strangeness. For example, in Il Traviatore (2011), a waiter carrying a silver juice press on a silver platter faces the viewer head on with a solemn gaze emanating from his Byzantine, elongated face. Fascinated by the contradictions inherent in painting’s ability to freeze time and movement, Roccasalva believes “the only chance for painting is to recuperate its power of simulacrum.”

Pietro Roccasalva, ‘Fanfaro’, 2014, Zeno X Gallery
Pietro Roccasalva, ‘Fanfaro’, 2014, Zeno X Gallery
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About the work
Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
photographer: Peter Cox; courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Pietro Roccasalva
Italian, b. 1970
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Pietro Roccasalva describes his working process as “the opposite of collage,” by which he means he allows internal elements of the image to rise to the surface. Although his practice includes sculpture, installation, digital modeling, film, performance, and drawing, painting remains essential, serving as the “microchip” around which all else orbits. His painted figures show traces of religious iconography, modernist collage, and digital distortion, which collectively lend them a sense of simultaneous familiarity and strangeness. For example, in Il Traviatore (2011), a waiter carrying a silver juice press on a silver platter faces the viewer head on with a solemn gaze emanating from his Byzantine, elongated face. Fascinated by the contradictions inherent in painting’s ability to freeze time and movement, Roccasalva believes “the only chance for painting is to recuperate its power of simulacrum.”

Fanfaro, 2014

Painted wood, fried rice ball
47 3/5 × 28 7/10 × 50 in
121 × 73 × 127 cm
Edition 2/3/3 + 1AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
Location
Antwerp Borgerhout
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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