The Romagna artist Luca Piovaccari (Cesena 1965) is the star of the “Rivoluzioni” exhibition promoted by the City of Massa under the artistic direction of Mauro Daniele Lucchesi from the Associazione Quattro Coronati, scheduled from 6th July to 6th August at the Palazzo Ducale in Massa.
Three large photographs of over 2 metres in size, wall-mounted installations and a series of works created by combining digital images with true vegetation, but also a single piece (the only one) with the portrait of a person. Works depicting a landscape where the handiwork of man prevails, a denunciation of the degradation and environmental eyesores that are now part of our society.
In Piovaccari’s exhibition, photos and installations summarize the creative path taken by this sophisticated conceptual artist who after initial interest in pictures (producing landscapes and portraits with oil and pastel) increasingly devoted himself to drawing, installations and photography printed using a particular and unique process on transparent acetate sheets featuring monochrome tones, often on a large scale.
His art is evanescent but dense with visual references and stresses to inner journeys. His graphic and photographic virtuosity, seamlessly presented in the same works, have justifiably been the subject of criticism since the 1990s. Piovaccari has few exclusive posing subjects: suburban landscapes, post-industrial horizons, in which concrete buildings with grey and austere conformations extend outwards. Modular suburban construction, placed at perfect right angles to the orthogonal projections of the surrounding landscape. The choice and the cut of the frame fall on these buildings and the surrounding environment, not in order to highlight their lacerating senselessness but rather to evince a justification for harmony, redemption, a presence.
“Thinking of the landscape” explains Luca Piovaccari “can be considered a revolution, this complex organism of ecosystems in which natural events and human actions are integrated. Through multiple matrices the works in this exhibition investigate the complexity of environmental structures and their transformations. The landscape is also a relationship between a structure and the processes that define it, linked to the physical transformations of the territory”, he concludes. “Bits and pieces of vegetation try to move inner boundaries, letting the emotions wander around the soul, a flow of ideas that meander about suspended in search of a nature that has become visual matter”.