(Image: Francesco Vizzini, Untitled, 2012, mixed-media, variable; © Francesco Vizzini)
Francesco Vizzini (b. Switzerland)
From my experience of the complacency with oppressive mafia violence in Sicily in the 1990s I make art works today that puncture the viewer with a touching awakening to the deficiancy of capitalist technological progress. Through photography, video, and assemblage I explore how instability and the manipulation of vision can influence perception. My work speaks to power and control in conversation with bodies, objects and landscapes.
My artistic exploration uses assemblage, which I start from an intuition that flows into daily experimentations in which I combine found materials and my own photographs. I express the characteristics of life as variable and unbalanced through combining fragile quotidian materials. I alter minimalist forms with lenses and bleached them by the sun to highlight their impermanence. I often include large pieces of glass placed in precarious positions. These aesthetic choices serving as contradictions to minimalism, which represents stability and immutability.
Education: Graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania, Italy, 2000.
Francesco Vizzini was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #2 of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase series.
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