No matter how ugly you are
Curated by Qahwa
Qahwa c/o Warehouse, via San Jacopo, 9, Prato
www.qahwa.it – firstname.lastname@example.org
During a break from our tour of Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, we stopped by the Qahwa Wareehouse for the finissage of Marco Mazzoni‘s show. On the way to the gallery Marco told us about other performance/choreographic projects that he is currently working on. No matter how ugly you are, is a series of linear, black and white drawings that are directly related to his personal experiences and his surroundings. His work becomes an almost obsessive study of an idea that he is dissecting on his pursuit of some greater truth. He is not concerned with reproduction or representation but rather with the source of the imagery. The series explores the orderly and the chaotic, the violent and the erotic. While some of his work is a clear study of photographic imagery, other pieces are more abstract. The juxtaposition of these opposing images forces the viewer to debate their relationship. His rendering of the subjects has a lot to do with his message. Certain areas are highly specific while other areas contain little or no information. In some cases, Mazzoni even cut through the paper exposing the blank wall behind.
What really interests Mazzoni is the dynamics behind his subjects rather than the subjects themselves. His reference to the physical is only to suggest an underlying theme. But what does lie behind these vacant figures andragged shapes? The emptiness of paper beneath the unraveling forms could suggest a desire that leads only to death. Or perhaps it is a space left open to fill with the myths and obsessions of the mind. Whatever the interpretation may be, Mazzoni is able to achieve great meaning through simplistic line.
– Mia Badham