For this exhibition, contemporary digital artist Slasky selected five artworks from the early Italian Renaissance. All five works are portraits of nobile women, captured in the same pose by significant artists of the time; including Piero Di Cosimo, Antonio Del Pollaiolo, Antonio Pisanello and Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Slasky reinterpreted these artworks by adding contemporary objects to the originals, such as headphones in ‘Lucrezia’ and a Guns’N’Roses poster behind ‘Giovanna Tornabuoni’. The works are part of the artist’s latest homonymous series ‘Intrusioni’, which translates to ‘intrusions’ in Italian. The series was thought out to be an experiment, in which these objects would be digitally integrated into early Renaissance portraits, with the aim of understanding whether they would disturb the original work or enrich it. This intrusion of contemporary society into early Renaissance Italian art doesn’t result in an uncomfortable contrast, as some may have thought. To the contrary, it succeeds in symbolising the relevance these works still hold today, along with the influence they had on the art that followed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
In defending the significance of digital art, Slasky has become one of the most affluent artists in this genre. Working from Rome in Italy, his work is a fusion of urban influences and contemporary pop art, in which he represents the icons of this century and those that make up significant moments in history. Working on some of the world’s most recognisable images gives his pieces an instant sense of familiarity, but because they are presented with an explosion of colour and life they gain a unique richness and modernity.