Gabriele Picco, torments and desires
A strange abbreviation to communicate the artist's mood when creating his work: LP (Last Painting) stands for “the last picture I'll ever paint”. The experiment is being carried out at the smART - Polo per l'arte, where a one-man show entitled Ultimo Dipinto (Last Painting) on until 3 April, features 100 works created by Gabriele Picco as if they were an artistic will and testament.
Sentiment and lacerating passions
An impulse that all creative spirits can feel a little. A sentiment and a lacerating tension towards his passion, but, at the same time, a desire for estrangement and farewell. In some way, recalling the novel “The Confessions of Zeno”, by Italo Svevo, where the last cigarette is a guiding thread that never leaves the main character and serves as both subject and object of the same vice.
Past and Future
All the paintings on show were created by Picco over the summer when he was resident on the smART premises. This is not just an exhibition of recent paintings, but also a sort of message for the future that the artist has set down on canvas in black and white. In fact, each work, being potentially and in his intention the last one, contains clear and emblematic traits of the artist's production. Time, in that which makes up the exhibition, seems to renew itself and to celebrate both past and future. And so we can see the beginnings, focused on telling the stories of vaguely grotesque and surreal figures that counterbalance the abstraction of the last period, realized using a mocha, with powder or objects applied to a monochrome surface. An end which, in reality, is not finished.