If you happen to be in Florence over the month of April, pop in to Villa La Fonte in San Domenico, half way up the hill to Fiesole, on the route of the 7 bus. I'm showing 20 paintings ranging in size from 20 cm x 20 cm to 126 cm x 92 cm, all depictions of Florence which aim to squeeze a mixture of poetry and truth out of the everyday environment.
Here's a brief statement:
All too often we glimpse Florence through the lens, with the selfie stick, from the windows of moving vehicles. We frame its sunny hills and famous art, cropping out the asynchronous bits, trying to capture the perfect postcard shot. If we're lucky, we sketch it.
This collection of contemporary paintings, instead, tries to apprehend a less common image of the Bella Città, including the area around the EUI: the lived-in streets, the popular residential housing, and the people. The work is the product of months of close looking and exploration just off the trodden path, though still through the relatively unacquainted eyes of a foreigner. It encourages a deep, decentred reading of place and draws attention, ultimately, to the centrality of land, who defines and can access it, and how it is stewarded—a morally vital question for our time. The work also focusses light on the city as the centre of culture and knowledge production and increasingly where most of us across the globe are opting to live.
Ivano Stocco is an Italian-Canadian visual artist and teacher whose artworks can be found in public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. He has lived in Florence with his children and spouse, a Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, since September. For inquiries, please visit www.ivanostocco.com.
Firenze: On the Edge of the Postcard
Villa La Fonte
Via delle Fontanelle 18
San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.