Magazine article Artforum International

Marco Lodola

Magazine article Artforum International

Marco Lodola

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NUOVA PESA

In this show Marco Lodola presented figures cut out of Plexiglas--a completely artificial, mass-produced material--and then painted in enamel. His silhouettes are generated from a rigorous, clear design that tends to make the outline, the profile of the image, stand out. Lodola draws his inspiration from the world of popular performance; his small figures refer to Hollywood music-halls, to interlocked dancing couples, and to doll-like figures arrayed along the stage. And while he emphasizes the figures' outlines, their silhouettes, they seem uncircumscribed, without borders. In fact, one immediately notices that these Plexiglas cutouts were not framed in any way, were not inserted into a predetermined space that might contain them and give them visual identity. Instead, they seem like aerial cutouts, almost like the materialization of iconic stains on the wall, free from any preconceived volumetric/spatial layout. Thus they are free to interact with any type or quality of space in which they find themselves. Consequently there is an overall impression of an installation of free, aerial images in space. An iconic and conceptual system was triggered, which was slowly verified as the pieces were observed.

Lodola's figures are repetitive, serialized, even if in reality they are concretely crafted one-by-one. But what, paradoxically, is more malleable, more open to change than iteration? It is precisely the serialized image that can be placed anywhere, because it is based on a repetitive element, it can be adapted to any space, in part reviving its specific and individual identity. …

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