Thursday, 7 May 2009

Maurizio Anzeri

Magdalen 2009 21.5x16.5, embroidery on found photo

Round Midnight 2008/09 45x60cm, embroidery on paper

Ghost of a chance 2009, 220cm high, synthetic hair,threads

3 sculptures, 2009 synthetic hair, threads

Showing at one of the best galleries in London (in my humble opinion) Riflemaker gallery in Soho, Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri's life-size hair sculptures portray the human form as hollow sarcophagi. Anzeri (b. 1969 Loano, Italy) teases and spins hair into tightly-wove plaits and rolls, creating a body-bag of coiffured assumption.
The artist creates an additional classification system through needlework and embroidery, a second Anzerian semiology. In addition to the sculptures, found family photographs are reinvented with embroidered threads of colour pulled tight to create new facial contours. New expressions radiate from the eyes of strangers, needlework veils mask what was. The show continues until 26th May.


ArtSparker said...

Oh, this show sounds (looks) wonderful - and funny. Have you seen Nick Cave's soundsuits?


Love the 3 sculptures - thanks for showing!

Lost in the Forest said...

Always on the look out for people who use hair in their art work - thanks!

I really need a trip to London galleries soon!