THE UNCONVENTIONAL WORKS OF STEFANO BOLCATO

All About Italy (USA) - - Art And Lego - Ilona Catani Scar­lett

Start­ing from the pop­u­lar game of build­ing blocks, Ro­man artist Stefano Bolcato likes to sub­vert the rules rein­ter­pret­ing fa­mous mas­ter­pieces of the his­tory of art. Stick­ing to the time-hon­ored tech­nique of oil paint­ing he presents the char­ac­ters of the Lego world as pro­tag­o­nists of clas­sics such as ‘Por­trait of a Lady’ by Leonardo da Vinci, ‘Self-por­trait’ by Frida Kahlo, ‘Mar­i­lyn’ by Andy Warhol, ‘Por­traits of the Dukes of Urbino’ by Piero della Francesca, ‘Dante Alighieri’ by San­dro Bot­ti­celli, ‘Dame’ by Pol­laiolo.

The very choice of Bolcato to work with oil paint­ing, pre­sent­ing it in such a play­ful way, with the cap­ti­vat­ing ef­fect of brightly col­ored plas­tic, to­gether with the jux­ta­po­si­tion of a tech­nique of an­cient tra­di­tion and con­tem­po­rary sub­jects of in­dus­trial de­sign, will give a dust­ing to the his­tory of art through some of its most fa­mous icons. The color and the irony of the sub­jects rep­re­sented on can­vas cre­ate an emo­tional short cir­cuit in the viewer and open a di­a­logue be­tween the spec­ta­tor and the his­tory of art while shift­ing the at­ten­tion to the game and the role of art. “What Stefano Bolcato cre­ates - says Clau­dia Fer­rini, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor and co­founder of Zoe - is a very se­ri­ous game: through the lan­guage of pop, the artist keeps the at­ten­tion alive around the [artis­tic] her­itage and cre­ates, in the mind of the viewer, an imag­i­nary uni­verse where play­ful­ness and ed­u­ca­tion har­mo­niously co­ex­ist. Bolcato ex­em­pli­fies the def­i­ni­tion of the Mu­seum of the Fu­ture, where artists are able to rein­ter­pret the col­lec­tions and pro­vide new in­ter­pre­ta­tive sug­ges­tions”.

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