this whole world´s wild at heart and weird on top
solo show by Francesco D'Isa
curator Luiza Catucci
Opening on 6th of May at 19,30 with Body-Performance of The Sewing Machine and Dance Improvisation of Fenia Kotsopoulou&Simona di Lucchio.
Beauty Queens of a Post-atomic world, the protagonists of Francesco D'Isa's illustrations create a modern bridge between an art-nouveaux and a cyber-punk aesthetic, like if Gustav Klimt would had the opportunity to work with Matthew Barney using the most modern techniques of digital painting.
Trapped in the coldness and desolation of space age scenarios, where mechanics is nature, violence norm, sex robotics, inhumanity standard and handicap the only sign of humanity, they remember us how important is to keep being wild at hearth. Signs barely readable in little details: the complicity of a glimpse, the mystery of a hidden smile, the sensuality of a caress, the malice of a childish game, like secret language that the big-brother, permanent controller, cannot decode.
Classy amazon warriors standing on defense of the last bulwark that separates human beings from machines.
Graphic elegance, tribal vocation, a subtle eroticism in a morbid anatomy style. The classical statues are quoted by amputations in Francesco D’Isa’s art. The limbs, severed by time, integrate in a living body, becoming decorations, baroque whirls, smoothed roundels like doll parts.
Lately the protagonists of D’Isa’s works have abandoned their universe of damask and last generation pastel colours, to insert themselves in modernist landscapes. Skyscrapers like the Tyrell Corporation of Blade Runner, a lotophagous Lolita with a calcified, spiral-shaped cache-sex, and a huge beetle integrated in her coiffure, like some Cronemberg’s creatures.
How It Works shows the functioning in section of an atomic power station, and, at the same time, how it works the anatomy of the Queen of the Radiations, with her royal helmet and throne, and her worm-like outgrows, at the basis of her spine. The body components are shown also in Queen of Heart, who is going to play a black ace of heart with her one arm left. Her cardiac muscle has moved to the level of the matrix, together with its pulses. Pornsaint Toya has the section of a brain instead, strangely similar to a pair of ovaries, at the level of her uterus.
The protagonist of Green Kiss exhibits two further mouths on her breast, opening the slit with her fingers and showing her hollow chest impaled on a black pole.
The rules of the body-machine fall down in the Brave New World of Francesco D’Isa, in favour of everything that’s cruel, refined, bizarre.
To end the circle, a sidereal landscape, with precious and labyrinthine facets like the crystal lattice of diamonds' tetrahedrons: this is the ideal setting to put on stage the mystique of suicide. A theatre of ice, where a body, which alternates fibrous parts with others illuminated by geometries of beams, confronts itself with a Borchardt C 93, a German semi-automatic weapon of the late Nineteenth Century. Frame, trigger, trigger cover, magazine catch button, recoil spring housing screw, grip screw, connecting pin, barrel, firing pin screw. The Suicidal Mantra has to be declaimed with an impassive expression like a Vogue fashion model's, because any feeling can be lethal to wild hearts.
Luiza Samanda Turrini