FLAVIO FAVELLI. Inverse beauty

Fifteen new works form the basis of the exhibition of Flavio Favelli at Ca’ Rezzonico. Inverse beauty, “that is reversed, opposite”, explains the artist, tells of “a beauty imagined that is my imagination, something that is not easy to display in a place and in a city that is the Art par excellence”. “Venice has always been a stage in my life; as a child I used to go there because, as my mother said, “you have to know Italy”. It is difficult to exhibit in such distinctive places: one always seeks out a dialogue, and there is the hope that the artist of today, who by his nature is considered “lightweight” compared to the art of the past, pays homage to our Art & History seen as a kind of ideal to which to aspire”. The wooden platforms that for months have been trampled on by passers-by who crossed the Accademia bridge, covered for a restoration that was completed at the end of last year, bearing the signs of trampling feet and work paints. A red star recalling an advertisement, light-boxes with logos and names (Generali, Lacoste, Coca-Cola) and the brands erased by paint, the reinterpretation of an old label of the famous Venetian aperitif Select that becomes a banner. Iron lattices in the form of a trellis, mimetic motifs of warships, scratched mirrors, reconstructed furniture and silver-plated trays. The common denominator of these works is the overlapping of images, textures and materials. The form is the assembly, the combination of forms and objects and meanings, the composition, the collage and finally the painting. The central theme is that of the altered and sophisticated sign-text-logo for a different image that shifts and adulterates the original meaning and leads to a new formal and conceptual complexity.


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