Luca Francesconi

Italy 1979

Installation, Sculpture

Luca Francesconi
Luca Francesconi
June 6, 2016
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Artists pour their emotions, bits and pieces of their souls, and deepest thoughts about the world into their art. It’s no wonder they develop a special connection with artworks. Luca Francesconi is an Italian artist whose relationship to his work goes beyond ordinary emotional attachment. He’s trying to explain the phenomena of the world by using the irrational and the “para’s” of the underworld. Scientific knowledge, biology, physics, ancient philosophy, the occult and the rituals of magic nourish the artist’s small and deeply intimate mythologies, keeping the language of his expression eminently metaphysical. That’s how he manages to tackle complicated themes and explain complex issues through seemingly simple forms.

Luca Francesconi - Horse, Agricultural Apocalypse, 2016 (Left) - Melancholy By the Man Who Thinks to the Tree (Pier delle Vigne), 2016 (Right), image via Galleria Umberto Di Marino
Luca Francesconi – Horse, Agricultural Apocalypse, 2016 (Left) / Melancholy By the Man Who Thinks to the Tree (Pier delle Vigne), 2016 (Right), images courtesy of Galleria Umberto Di Marino

Searching for the Origins

His pieces are usually formed around dualities like empty and full, bright and dark, limit and infinite. The artist emphasizes the relativity of our perception of things and states that in the end they can only be observed and grasped with respect to each other. Francesconi lives near the Po, which the artist searches like a true archaeologist, often using what the river carries along in his projects. Whatever is found, the artist transforms those chance discoveries into the very subject of his work. By connecting the nature with culture, it’s quite clear that Francesconi is in constant search for his origins, and the origins of the world.

The artist emphasizes the relativity of our perception of things

Luca Francesconi - Major Angel, 2011 (Left) - Rosa Mistica, 2011 (Center) - Head of the Moon, 2012 (Right), images via Galerie Chez Valentin
Luca Francesconi – Major Angel, 2011 (Left) / Rosa Mistica, 2011 (Center) / Head of the Moon, 2012 (Right), images courtesy of Galerie Chez Valentin

Avoiding the Abstraction

The artist regularly returns to a certain number of forms, objects and materials in his successive shows and installations. Influenced by the words of Aristotle, Francesconi believes that the only limit on any one thing is another thing, which provides an explanation why are objects and forms re-employed. To him, there is no reason to be focused on a given form in the process of elaborating the artwork or a show, and that’s why the forms he chooses for his sculpture often include the element of indeterminacy and a possibility of incompleteness. His admiration towards the symbolic rationality (simple forms representing complex notions) could have led him down the path of the abstract art made up of correspondences. Instead, his interest in those correspondences translates into objects, doubtless simply because the concept of embodiment is fundamental for him.

He believes that the only limit on any one thing is another thing

Luca Francesconi - Untitled (Woman), 2013 (Left) - Untitled (Belly), 2013 (Center) - Untitled (Arm), 2013 (Right), Photo credits Andrea Rossetti
Luca Francesconi – Untitled (Woman), 2013 (Left) / Untitled (Belly), 2013 (Center) / Untitled (Arm), 2013 (Right), Photo credits Andrea Rossetti

Verifying the Ideas

To create a work of art is to attempt to explain the world. By placing himself and his process in such a context, Francesconi’s exhibitions are both a work of art and a discourse and as such, inseparable from the rest of his work. It’s that significant moment when he can finally both figuratively and literally put his ideas to work and pour them into an artwork, where he can experience it completely.

Luca Francesconi lives and works in Milan and Paris.

Featured image: Luca Francesconi – Nightmare Carboydrates, 2015, exhibition view at Tonus, Paris, image courtesy of Galleria Umberto Di Marino
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Luca FrancesconiTunnel Tunnel, Lausanne, CHSolo
2016Snake, Rice, Food OutletsJupiterWoods, London, UKSolo
2016Urban Mining - Rigenerazione Urbana, XXV edizione Premio Nazionale Arti Visive Citta di GallarateMuseo MAGA, IGroup
2016Some of my best friends are germsLe DOC, Paris, FGroup
2015Nightmare, carboydratesTonus, Paris, FSolo
2015Beauty CodesKunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, PGroup
2015Nel mezzo del mezzoMuseo Riso, Palermo, IGroup
2015M m! M m! Good!Rowing, London, UKGroup
2015Milk RevolutionAmerican Academy in Rome, IGroup
2014pane pane pane vino canale di scoloGalleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, ISolo
2014Luca Francesconi - Taocheng wangFluxia Gallery, Milan, IGroup
2014The Meditative Relaxation CycleArcadia Missa Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Then Now - MiartFluxia, Milan, ITGroup
2014EuxShanaynay, Paris, FGroup
2014Braccia #2Museo Marino Marini, Firenze, IGroup
2013Geode CupaFluxia, Milano, ISolo
2013Braccia #1MAN Museo d Arte provincia di Nuoro, IGroup
2013ABNomas Foundation, Roma, IGroup
2013Il fascino discreto dell oggetto. Figura 2: Natura MortaGNAM, Roma, IGroup
2013Art of Living (Goodbye Blue Monday)Chez Valentin, Paris, FGroup
2012Echo of the MoonAltkirch, FSolo
2012Echo of the MoonMontbeliard, FSolo
2012Cara Domani, works from Ernesto Esposito collectionMAMbo, Bologna, IGroup
2012TumulusMot International, Brussels, BGroup
2012GlazeGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris, FGroup
2012What you think you see, you see notGalleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, IGroup
2012Archeologia del futuro, (r)existenz – 3d2d tridimensional todayFondazione Centro Arti Visive, Pietrasanta, Lucca, IGroup
2011De labore solisGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris, FSolo
2011Partita a quattro: a meditation on sculptureGalleria Lorcan O Neill, Roma, IGroup
2011ILLUMInazioni - ILLUMInations, 54th Intl. Art Exhibition - la Biennale di VeneziaArsenale, Venezia, IGroup
2011Vedere un oggetto, vedere la lucePalazzo Re Rebaudengo a Guarene d Alba, Cuneo, IGroup
2011What you see is not what it is: views on politics and poeticsGalerie chez Valentin, Paris, FGroup
2011Emerging Talents PrizeCentro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, IGroup
2010Infinite Eye - Occhio infinitoFluxia Gallery, Milano, ISolo
201021x21:21 artisti per il 21 secoloFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudendo, Torino, IGroup
2010Il ramo d oro, works from the collection of the Galleria Comunale d Arte ContMonfalcone, Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, Udine, IGroup
2010SI – Sindrome Italiana, MagasinCentre National d Art Contemporain, Grenoble, FGroup
2010All Strange Awayneon - campobase, Bologna, IGroup
2010Folklore?Corinne Charpentier,Crac -Alsace & FRI-ART Kunsthalle Friburg, CHGroup
2010You don t need eyes to seeGalerie chez Valentin, Paris, FGroup
2010Certo SentimentoCripta 747, Turin, ITGroup
2009Sowing calendar - Calendario delle semineGalleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, ISolo
2009Filiberto Menna. La linea analitica dell arte contemporaneaComplesso Monumentale di Santa Sofia, Salerno, IGroup
2009Spy NumbersPalais de Tokyo, Paris, FGroup
2009im03 _ L Immagine sottileGC.AC. Galleria Comunale d Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, IGroup
2009HomecomingAMT - Alberto Matteo Torri Gallery, Milano, IGroup
2008Chateau de Tokyo - Palais de FontainebleauChateau de Fontainebleau, FGroup
2008OFT CELL: dinamiche nello spazio in ItaliaGC.AC. Galleria Comunale d Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, IGroup
2008Le parole tra noi leggereVianuova arte contemporanea, Firenze, IGroup
2008ChromaSala Dell Arengario, Palazzo Broletto, Novara, IGroup
2008Rehearsing RealitiesForm Content, London, GBGroup
2007ForevardFendi Foundation, Roma, IGroup
2007L Homme Nu 3-3Maison Populaire, Montreuil, Paris, FGroup
2007WundergartenOrto Botanico, Palermo, IGroup
2007Young Talent, Art Brussels 2007Brussels, B, Galleria Umberto Di MarinoGroup
2006A naked tree and the some other work…Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, ISolo
2006Hysteria SiberianaCristina Guerra Gallery, Lisboa, PGroup
2006Video ReportGalleria Comunale d Arte Cont,Monfalcone, IGroup
2006XII Biennale Contemporary Sacred ArtTeramo, IGroup
2006The Mountains School of ArtsLos Angeles – USAGroup
2006Il Bel PaeseMarella Gallery, Beijing, RCGroup
2005Clip ItFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, IGroup
2005Praha BiennalePraha, CZGroup
2005Fiftyone fine artsAntwerpen, BGroup
2005On AirMACRO Museum, Roma, IGroup
2005On AirPecci Museum, Prato, IGroup
2004On AirGalleria Civica d Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone (GO), IGroup
2004E il vento ci portera viaCivica di Castel San. Pietro terme, Bologna, IGroup
2004Fuori UsoPescara, IGroup
2004Dadao Art FestivalBeijing, RCGroup
2003De L autre Cote Des AlpesBiagiotti Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, IGroup
2002Italian Boys, Artists: D. Casini, A. Cecchetti, A. Mastrovito, G. Motti, C. ZanniAnalix Forever, Geneve, CHGroup
2001I Biennale di TiranaTirana, ALGroup
2001Tracce di un SeminarioVia Farini, Milano IGroup
2000GeneratorTrevi Art Museum, Trevi (Perugia), IGroup