By Federico Di Gesualdo
June 10 – July 7, 2015
Student Curators: Maya Seibert
Faculty Coordinator: Gianni Rossiello
About the Exhibition:
Which Way? is a multi-media exhibition, incorporating Di Gesualdo’s art with video clips and music to create an overwhelming sensory experience. Which Way? depicts both Di Gesualdo’s inspirations and his personality-innovative, wild, indecisive, and utterly and completely improvised. Di Gesualdo believes that “improvisation is the highest form of artistic expression,” and understands that in order to improvise one must have a deep knowledge of both the history and technique of that discipline. The artist draws inspiration from world famous jazz artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. Like a jazz musician, he improvises based on his mood and emotions to create works of art that are lively and entirely original, just like the music that inspired them. His predominantly ink and watercolor works incorporate his fascination with the connection between art, jazz music, black history, and literature. The understanding of such disciplines not only demonstrates the connectivity between them all, but it also allows for his own interpretation or improvisation of such expressions that have become the baseline for all of his works.
A Florence native, Di Gesualdo obtained a medical biotechnology degree as well as a PhD in experimental oncology from the University of Florence. However, Di Gesualdo has had a clear passion for art, music, and African American culture since he was a child. He grew up drawing, playing the violin, and developed a deep affection for jazz and boxing. Come visit Which Way? at Ganzo and experience the palpable energy and improvisation of Di Gesualdo’s work.
See the catalog here.