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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Against Me” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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This is a work titled Blown up engine by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 48.24 inches by 43.7 inches.This is a work titled 2016 Empty Year by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Wood sculptural pedestal with bows, handmade and painted arrows, boxes of arrows, ceramic chicken head, gloves, and neon sign plus 8 silkscreen on wood panels shot with arrows by the artist.This is a work titled Against Me by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil and spray paint on canvasl, and the dimensions are 26.2 inches by 16.34 inches.This is a work titled Fuck you Alessandro by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 43.7 inches by 47.24 inches.This is a work titled Sweetheart by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 78.35 inches by 56.3 inches.This is a work titled Mirror Me  by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint on canvas, and the dimensions are 78 inches by 56 inches.This is a work titled Target Nose by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, acrylic and spray on canvas with wooden sawhorse table, and the dimensions are 115 inches by 25.75 inches by 75.325 inches.This is a work titled My Myself & I by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 48.24 inches by 43.7 inches.This is a work titled 1963 by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 26.2 inches by 16.34 inches.This is a work titled Volatore in Spegnimento by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Ceramic, handmade sandbags, cardboard and wood, and the dimensions are 42.75 inches by 46 inches by 40.5 inches.This is a work titled Fuck you Alessandro by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 43.7 inches by 47.24 inches.This is a work titled Uomini che si voltano by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2017. The materials are Oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 78.35 inches by 56.3 inches.

Press Release

Alessandro Pessoli

Against Me

October 12 –
November 11, 2017

In his sixth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, Italian-born and Los Angeles-based artist Alessandro Pessoli presents Against Me: new paintings, ceramics, and sculptural installations that include self-portraits, references to traditions of Italian painting, and even handmade bows and arrows. In addition to the main exhibition, the artist will create his own version of an Italian trattoria—Sandrino—on the gallery’s third floor, complete with an espresso bar.

 

In 2016, Pessoli found himself unable to create new work. For the artist, the sense of urgency to make a painting or sculpture had disappeared, and, never one to go through the motions of working in the studio simply out of habit, he found himself confronting a void and lack of purpose in his daily life. However, he found joy in practicing archery and crafting bows, arrows, and targets in his backyard. The daily ritual of molding wood and bone nocks, filing, cutting, and straightening bamboo, became akin to his daily artistic rituals, but with a different purpose. Balancing an arrow was similar to creating a sculpture. Painting the bows used the same creative impulses as laying paint on a canvas. But he spent the evenings wondering what he was doing, and why, and felt a sense of guilt for not making work in the studio.

 

This difficult time period became the fuel for Against Me, a way to push back against himself and turn 2016, this year of inactivity, into a flourish of creativity. Vibrant self-portraits feature various elements of his everyday life: wine bottles, the lizards that live in his backyard, his shoes, various tools, and text such as “Fuck You Alessandro.” The bright colors of Los Angeles (the city he has most recently called home) mix with his Italian past: in one painting, the artist takes Scipione’s Uomini che si voltano (1930), one of the first paintings from childhood that he remembers seeing in a book, and transforms it into a neon-imbued landscape where his own image is found in the two men who turn around. And yet, for all of these self-reflections, each work is instilled with a sense of the universal, and contains a shared kinship of the human experience.

 

Pessoli also makes himself a literal target in a large-scale installation featuring silk-screened self-portraits at which the artist shoots his own hand-crafted bows. His archery tools feature prominently in another sculptural display, where the bows and arrows are placed on a wooden pedestal alongside an unglazed ceramic face and a bright red neon sign proclaiming 2016 an empty year. The delicately-made bows are splashed with brilliant painted colors and handwritten text.

 

On the third floor, visitors are invited to sit, relax, and spend some time immersed in Sandrino, Pessoli’s re-creation of a trattoria. Above painted brick wainscoting hangs a group of what he calls “Italian restaurant paintings” from 2015. These paintings are inspired by the typically bucolic and benign scenes of still lifes, fish, and sail boats one would usually find in these trattorias. In Pessoli’s versions, fish stare out with giant eyes and expressive mouths, still lifes exist in radical orange rooms, and a menacing skull figure is the one sailing the boat. On the simple wooden table stands another new unglazed ceramic to hold salt and pepper, bringing the material of clay and its origins to the forefront. The unglazed faces throughout the exhibition also reference Etruscan funerary sculptures, reflecting on a time, as the artist says, “where the end coincides with the new beginning.”

 

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