Jerome Zodo Contemporary is proud to present in exclusive LOVELESS: Variant Paintants, the first personal exhibition in Italy of Argentinean born, naturalized American, Fabian Marcaccio (1962, Rosario de Santa Fe).
Born in 1963, in Rosario di Santa Fé, of Argentinean mother and Italian father, he won first prize ‘Esso de Pintura y Dibujo’ in Buenos Aires, in 1985. Since then, after entering the Printmaking Laboratory, he has been living in New York. He boasts a top-level international curriculum; in 1995 he participated in the Biennial Exhibition Contemporary American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and in 2002 at Kassel, Documenta 11. In 2011, he received the Bernhard Heilinger Prize for Sculpture in Berlin. Marcaccio’s interest is directed at painting, interpreted as a language in evolution and constant transformation. He merges the most traditional techniques with digital experience, photography and, more recently, sculpture, thus creating complex works of art that he defines as Paintants, an aesthetic blend of expressive languages. According to his intention: “painting is, on one hand, a form of resistance that can still achieve important and innovative results, incorporating new organic and productive models that involve the heart, brain and courage”.
Fabian Marcaccio is presenting his most recent creation in Milan. Large and medium-sized canvasses composed of rope, water-paints and ink – Rope Paintings – in which the support frame is purposely clearly visible to achieve the effect of a painting in expansion in which the images can be perceived in their entirety. It is a vision that pushes beyond bidimensionality and highlights volumes and surfaces. The works created by Marcaccio “are large and full of matter but, at the same time, full of air and atmosphere. In fact, you can see the wall and supporting structure, the shadow of the painting falling onto the wall. They are paintings that are both reactionary and progressive”.
The canvasses are joined by sculptures, a testimony of the trend that Maracaccio has to deform plastic; figures in aluminium and coloured silicone, assembled objects, with altered shapes, mass amplified and projected outwards. In This Just Out Paintant, 2009, and This Just In Paintant, 2009, the image appears to be manipulated, shaken by a centrifugal force that has pulled the extremity towards a state of imminent explosion. They are structures that mutate their own boundaries, invading space, both physical and perceptually. This is artistic research that Fabian Marcaccio has been doing for many years, following the peremptory idea that art must always renew itself, placing itself in relationship to other expressive forms of language, for example architecture (note his collaboration with Greg Lynn), music and animated cinema: “Art is constantly aimed at defining itself and defining its relationship to other languages in a state of complexity, both inner and outer, in a condition that is constantly mutating”.