Italians Do It Better (concrete sculpture, wood and enamel)
For my concrete sculptures, I use my personal clothing. Through my artistic process, in which I use plaster, resin, and cement, I transform these articles of clothing into artworks to hang. The intended effect is that my DNA and my memory remain inside the concrete, so that the person who looks at these sculptures is transformed into a type of postmodern archeologist, studying my work as urban artefacts.
I like to think that those who look at my sculptures created in 2020 will be able to perceive the anguish, the vulnerability, the fear that each of us has felt faced with the global problem that was Covid-19. Under a layer of cement are my clothes with which I lived through this nefarious period.
The clothes that survived Covid-19 are very similar to what survived the catastrophic eruption of Pompeii 2,000 years ago. They are capable of recounting man’s inability to face the tragedy of broken lives and destroyed economies.
Walter* (oil on concrete)
Mario Loprete was born in Catanzaro in 1968. Painting is his first love—an important, pure love. Creating a painting, starting from the spasmodic research of a concept with which he wants to transmit his message—this is the foundation of painting for him. The sculpture is his lover, his artistic betrayal to the painting; that voluptuous and sensual lover that inspires different emotions which strike prohibited chords.
*Walter White from AMC’s Breaking Bad.