Folla Recent Color Crowd paintings 2020-2021
“The crowding caught me in the starry sky as much as in the gravel of the garden, in the crowds of people in the square as well as in the conglomerates of granite or moss on the stones; I found it in the images of the Latin sarcophagi, in the battle scenes of the Renaissance, in the representations of the Brueghels or Ensor, in the all-over fullness of Gustav Klimt, Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollock, in the pages of certain comics.” (Lucio Pozzi, March 2021)
In this exhibition Lucio Pozzi presents the latest production of works belonging to the Color Crowd group, a series born in the 90s, but which, like all "families" of works, returns cyclically. “I never stop committing myself to the families of my works. Not only do I return to each one in turn but they also intertwine and contaminate without even me noticing. "
They are artworks consisting of large fields of oil paint, first painted with two quick glazes of very diluted acrylic paint thrown with large brushes on the canvas laid on the floor. Then hanging the canvas on the wall, Pozzi intervenes with the slower oil painting. The process is highly improvised; the unintentional acrylic stains offer the artist many ideas but in the same way he also finds unexpected images, like a swing between the conscious and the pre-conscious.
Throughout his artistic life, Lucio Pozzi preferred themes such as crowding or dispersion rather than stylistic definition, assuming that the painter's mental and physical handwriting cannot fail to reveal itself spontaneously, without him predetermining the conditions.
Filling images and shapes into a container has been one of Pozzi recurring motifs since ever. Sometimes it’s spots and dots, lines and patterns, other times it’s faces and bodies. Every time different thoughts and emotions are triggered. Pozzi started large Black on White Crowd paintings filled with images of all kinds in 1996 as a counterpart to the abstractions of the Rag Rug group. After a while it became natural to add other colors. The bigger paintings in this show are divided by one or two caesurae, a kind of seam at which the forms on either side don’t match.
The composition of the artworks varies from the most elaborate to the most compact. Images arise in the process of making. They are echoes of the swarming mind. As often happens, especially in painting, it is important for Pozzi not to know in advance what will happen and never be sure if a work is finished. He equally wants the viewer to create what s/he sees without worrying about the author's understanding. Each painting offers infinite possible interpretations.
There’s also a display of works on paper 1980-2017 tracing the kind of images that appear in the Crowd works.