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Francesco de Prezzo explores physical presence and spatial awareness through his art.
By exploring notions of space and time he aims to render the ephemeral tangible and to engage concepts of existence and identity.
Attempting to study the materials that comprise the space around us has always been Francesco’s obsession: ‘It’s simple, we are surrounded by space’. The versatility of this topic, one without limits and without parameters, allows the artist to experiment with evolving forms, shapes and images. Francesco explains the ‘bittersweet’, a threshold between pleasure and pain, as central to his work. It is defined as a spatial condition, difficult to rationalise, in which mental satisfaction coincides with the pain caused by memories and principles of struggle.
Francesco’s vision is based on the concept of temporal and spatial breaks: he painstakingly and precisely paints still life only to then abruptly erase it with a layer of white varnish. By concealing his paintings under this layer he questions time (a lot of time to paint - very little time to conceal) and space (the white monochrome only exists because of the painting beneath). The creative process becomes ritualistic, exposing and covering in continuity to reflect on the existence of things themselves.
Begun in 2014, Null Serie is epitomises Francesco’s artistic vision. These painted pieces are thus transcribed not only in the bi-dimensional, as on canvas, but also in the tri-dimensional, as space defining structures. Past works cover various mediums to facilitate the exploration of different creative and conceptual tangents: Francesco has worked in performance art, sculpture and painting. E.N.F.A.S.I. spearheads his performance works, exploring the space occupied by the individual and documented in video format. Sculptural works, including Never Dance Before, explore the relationships between entities and how objects interact within a defined space.
Francesco’s most recent installations denote a return to a gestural approach to materials, typical to his early works. His current project There Was Here First, presents a carefully curated, cohesive discourse. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with various contributors including Alberto Zanchetta, Marine Tanguy, Paolo Canevari and Nicola Maffessoni.
Francesco’s career projection is centered on the continuation of his research. By developing his academic dialogues his museum-quality works and theses will secure institutional endorsement.
Brescia Oggi, 12th May 2016
C'è un'ingombrante furia distruttiva che accompagna tutta la ricerca artistica del giovane Francesco De Prezzo (classe 94), perché le sue pitture e gli assemblaggi di oggetti, riconducibili al mondo della pittura - assi di legno, drappi, basamenti e tele -, sono prima riprodotti dal vero sulla tela, dopo un'analisi di ordine, misura ed equilibrio formali, per essere successivamente cancellati da pennellate sempre rigorosamente bianche, che ...
MARGUTTE, 14th March 2015
“Margutte” è entrata in contatto con un giovane artista, Francesco De Prezzo, che persegue una ricerca a nostro avviso molto interessante. Ecco quindi questa intervista, per un primo approfondimento sulla sua opera, in attesa e in vista di una analisi più dettagliata.
1) La tua arte interseca pittura, installazione e performance. Quali le ragioni di tale scelta? ...
Born 1994 in Lecce, Italy. Lives and works in Brescia, Italy.
2016 || THERE WAS HERE NOW | Musil Foundation, Brescia
2015 || La Conoscienza di Sé | AB Contemporary Art, Brescia
2014 || THE BORDER | Ylium Gallery, London
2012 || P. of Space | Latin Gallery, New York
2016 || AEQUILIBRIUM | Loom Gallery, Milan
2015 || Across Yourself | Palazzo della Cultura, Breno
2015 || Francesco de Prezzo, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf Raum 116 | Kunstakademie Düsselforf, Düsseldorf
2015 || Arte Padova 2015
2013 || Percezioni Spaziali | Ex concento Darfo Boario, curated by Massimo Facchini and Giorgio Azzoni
2012 || Nel Segno del Nero | Palazzo della Cultura, Breno
2015 || Kunstakademie Düsseldorf Raum 116 | Kunst Artperformance Wocheande
2014 || Bienno
2013 || Mammola, Nik Spatari | Pyramid Project