Purple Art

[December 18 2013]

Nicola Pecoraro “Society” at Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania

Like many European artists of his generation, Nicola Pecoraro has an evident disinterest in what appear to be the prevalent values on which much of contemporary artistic research is based. He seems little concerned with placing his work through reference to history or the art system, but rather to a set of signals coming from everyday life. Signals that pile up and thicken, which tend to change in meaning or lose it altogether, a little like white noise generated by the accumulation of sound frequencies. This density makes understanding the work difficult and thus opens it up to many more interpretations. Society is an attempt to enable material thought to flow into a set of objects. In the creative process it is all fairly random; he uses wax because he has heard of it being used in a religious feast and because it can easily be found in Catania, just like the wood utilised for the moulds… “heaps of debris are created in every corner”. It is accidental to the extent that every action presupposes knowledge acquired from previous experience and/or gleaned from an expert craftsman at work. An aware, but at the same time intuitive approach, a way of working involving trial after trial, test after test, scrap after scrap, that enhances it with understanding and meaning up to the moment when the work comes about. Society is on view until January 10th 2014 at Galleria Collicaligreggi, Via Oliveto Scammacca, 2, 95127, Catania. Text and photo Gabriele Malaguti

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