Hammer Projects: Roberto Cuoghi

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Self portrait , 2010 Mixed Media On Paper Triptych: 18.11 X 48.6 X 2 In. (46 X 34.5 X 5 Cm) Each © Courtesy the artist and Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
Hammer Projects: Roberto Cuoghi
Curated by: Ali Subotnick

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
January 22nd, 2011 - May 15th, 2011
Opening: January 22nd, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5
mixed-media, sculpture


Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi makes videos, sculpture, paintings, and drawings, in a variety of unconventional media, which expand on the possibilities for transformation and question our understanding of identity. For his most legendary work, the artist, at the time a pierced punk, decided to followed his father’s daily routine of eating, dressing and working, and eventually came to resemble the middle-aged man. He created a monumental sculpture after a tiny bronze statue from the collection of the Louvre, of an Assyrian deity Pazuzu, king of the demons of the wind. He hand-crafted a number of ancient musical instruments, which he then used in a musical accompaniment to his own singing of a lamentation from 612 b.c. invoking the protection of the Assyrian gods. For his Hammer Projects exhibition, his first solo show in the U.S., Cuoghi presents a new series of self-portraits depicting the artist in a variety of personae, as if he had traveled down a different path in life, along with a black Carrara marble sculpture of the demon god Pazuzu.

Organized by Ali Subotnick, Hammer curator.