Mimmo Rotella, Catanzaro 1918 - 2006 Milan
Il bacio al parco, 1993
A. Soldaini, Mimmo Rotella, Skira, Robilant + Voena, Milan, 2015, pp. 189 & 209, n. 111 (illus.)
Rende (Consenza), Museo Civico Palazzo Zagarese, Rotella, 1996, cat. illus. p. 83;
London, Robilant + Voena, Mimmo Rotella, 6 February – 24 March 2015.
Sovrapiturra refers to the technique where the artist, using acrylic paint, intervenes graphically or pictorially on a poster that is either intact or has been previously torn. Rotella’s first exhibition devoted to this group of works was Rotella.Sovrapitture 1986, at the Galleria Niccoli di Parma.
In order to interpret this kind of artwork one must recall the artistic situation of the times. In 1984 art forms linked to pictorial Expressionism or which had a strong individual and personal language were commercially successful. Therefore, the art market experienced the return of narrative and figurative art that was now expressed through heavy impastos and the association of manual painting and pop iconography to sexual imagery and voyeurism. Il bacio al parco, 1993 (A kiss in the park) stands as an accurate evidence of such. Depicting a couple’s intimate moment of a kiss, Rotella operates on the border line of figuration and disfiguration by producing a pictorial representation of two figures, while the use of thick acrylic colours suggests its quick application that succeeds in transforming such billboards to almost mural paintings.
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