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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Fired People” featuring works by Alessandro Pessoli in 2012 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Little Atomo Roof by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are oil and Maiolica ceramic, copper, cast bronze, steel and acyrlic on cotton, and the dimensions are 81 inches by 38.5 inches by 20 inches.This is a work titled Teti Roof by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are oil and Maiolica ceramic, copper, cast bronze, steel and acyrlic on cotton, and the dimensions are 109 inches by 122.5 inches by 14 inches.This is a work titled Chicken Chopper by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are oil and acrylic on paper, and the dimensions are 21 inches by 24 inches.This is a work titled Tavola Morandi by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramic and cast bronze base, and the dimensions are 56 inches by 45 inches by 15 inches.This is a work titled Chimney Head by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramic and cast bronze base, and the dimensions are 70.5 inches by 26 inches by 28 inches.This is a work titled Lizard by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramic and aluminum base, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 19 inches by 19 inches.This is a work titled Sancho Panza & Don Chiscotte by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramics, wire and steel base, and the dimensions are 84 inches by 52.5 inches by 40.25 inches.This is a work titled Biker Goose by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on cotton, spray paint and steel frame, and the dimensions are 84 inches by 106 inches by 18.5 inches.This is a work titled Little Elephant,Twins & Cane Soldino by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramics and steel base, and the dimensions are 19 inches by 28 inches by 48.375 inches.This is a work titled UOne Million Miles from Home by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on cotton, spray paint and steel frame, and the dimensions are 84 inches by 135 inches by 18.5 inches.This is a work titled Unfinished Utopia by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Maiolica ceramic and steel base, and the dimensions are 50 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches.This is a work titled Big Io by artist Alessandro Pessoli made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on cotton, spray paint and steel frame, and the dimensions are 83 inches by 132 inches by 18.5 inches.

Press Release

Alessandro Pessoli

Fired People

September 14 –
October 20, 2012

August 10, New York – For his fifth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Italian artist Alessandro Pessoli has put together a group of painted ceramic sculptures of varying sizes and scale. Largely figurative and richly colored, often combined with bronze or canvas elements, the work radiates with high saturation and glazed brilliance. The sculptures are arranged in relationship to each other while representing portraits of sorts, individual figures, or, set in box-like constructions, groupings of figures and objects reminiscent of the teatrini (small theaters) known from mid-century Italian artists such as Martini, Melotti, and Fontana. Pessoliʼs illustrious personnel ranges from the Emperor Vespasian to Pier Paolo Pasolini, from Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, but also includes Petunia the duck trailed by Chimney Nose and Sandrino the cat. This is Pessoliʼs first show in New York after moving from Milan to Los Angeles, and the influence of the City of Flower and Sunshine is clearly noticeable.

 

Fired People doesn't have a theme; it's an anarchic show, like people meeting in a square without apparent reason. The work is the attempt to find the hidden vitality of imagination by abandoning stylistic coherence and the compactness of a dominant narrative in favor of the freedom to cross from one imagery and aesthetic to another. Working without precise lines of reference empties the figuresʼ rhetoric and produces a sense of nostalgia, somehow mirroring a Western culture that is at its sunset, just the reflex of itself.

 

Known for his fluid and luminous painting technique, as evident in his watercolor drawings, Pessoli transforms the brightly colored ceramic sculptures into extensions of his painted scenes articulated in three-dimensional form. Thereʼs a dynamic balance between the malleable clay and the fluidity of the watercolor-like or airbrushed paint application and sense of coloration. Pessoli combines familiar elements such as the chimney and a range of sexual symbols with new ideas such as the separation of colors into rainbowlike bands, the decorated bronze casts, and mixing such disparate modes of representation as a descriptive and detailed naturalism with child-like abstraction and expressiveness. Yet Pessoliʼs essentially humanist language always speaks with the love for the poetry of the material. This exhibition will coincide with Alessandroʼs solo exhibition at SFMOMA.

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