Theaterlab Gallery is pleased to present Loose Entertainment, Francesco Vizzini's solo exhibition at the gallery and third section of NOT– Made in Italy.
The exhibition includes photographs, assemblages, sculptures and video that the artist created using the remains of a collaborative art piece titled "My Words My Eyes," that he conducted last April during the residency Collaborate:Create at Theaterlab. Vizzini designed an experiential path, in which blindfolded participants were invited to interact with objects altered by him, like a can with steel wool and a coke bottle with bristle brush, as well as raw materials including clay, glass and dry wall. Participants were also asked to hammer glass panes, take photographs and draw without seeing. The artist called "relics" the objects left behind and bearing the mark of the participants.
In "Loose Entertainment" the artist reconfigures the relics --crashed glass, scribbled drywall, random snapshots--into new pieces by combining them with quotidian materials like c-clamps, steel beams and store displays. The resulting works question the perception of authorship, leaving the viewer uncertain of where the artist's hand begins and the participants' ends. While expressing Vizzini's desire to integrate objects that are not his own into the artwork, this body of work also delves into the concepts of manipulation of perception and disruption of daily life, essential themes in Vizzini's work.
Francesco Vizzini is an Italian artist based in New York City. He has a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania (Italy), and a Masters degree in set design from the European Institute of Design. He has worked as an art director in Rome's renowned film studios Cinecitta’. His artwork has been exhibited in Catania, Rome, Siena, New York, London and Miami. In 2006 he participated in "Oltreconfine," an exhibition at the Hendrik Andersen Museum in Rome. Recently his work was included in the Homeward Found at The Wassaic Project, Wassaic New York.