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An Exhibition in the Ghetto

This show is built upon the careful observation and analysis – the ‘vivisection’ – of American cities, of large metropoli with their glittering chrome skyscrapers, their frenetic traffic and huge advertising hoardings that dwarf the pedestrians beneath them.

At the Galleria Melori & Rosenberg, in the heart of Venice’s Old Ghetto, “Urban Landscapes”, a one-man exhibition by the hyperrealist painter Luigi Rocca, has been extended to the end of the month. It is one of the events that celebrate the gallery’s tenth year of exhibitions.

The new paintings are dedicated to the Friulan master’s favourite theme: American cities and all the contradictions that run through them. The central focus is the American metropolis, New York, which Rocca has been exploring for more than ten years now in works of dynamic chromatic contrast. His hyperrealist portraits of the place seem to freeze individual details in a sort of maniacal immobility, within paintings which then expand outwards in broader more feverish brushstrokes.

An accelerating taxi becomes a barely glimpsed outline making its way past busy pedestrians. Enormous hoardings and road signs loom over the crowd. And Times Square makes a reappearance as a frenetic junction of people and traffic. All of these are signs and symptoms of the pulsating life of the city, where the scraps of text that can be read announce: ‘last drink’… ‘last view’… ‘last chance’. The actual traces of human life can only be seen in blurs amidst hurrying cars.

Along with original works in colour and black and white, the exhibition also includes some limited edition reproductions on metal of the works which the artist exhibited last October in the ‘City Views’ show at the M.J.Wolf Gallery, San Diego.


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