PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

I ironically I

23 March - 17 May 2017

This show with its title wants to put even more into evidence my “presumptuous” make to make think as well as my thought: Art is an exact science that was lucky enough not to be one, but it is above all a – very particular – homage to him whom for a long time I have been trying to understand: Mr. Albert Einstein. Thus I decided to dedicate my last make to his: “tongue out”.
After all, Art is only a language.
                                                           Elio Marchegiani
 
Starting from the observation of the artist at work, what prevails is his playful attitude: he is a homo ludens, a man who plays. However, he does not play a merely liberating game, as an end in itself, but rather a game characterized by a strong cognitive component, linked to an underlying vital philosophy expressed in the form of concrete and emotional thought. In ancient Rome, school was named ludus, i.e. play, in the same way as children’s games and circus performances; the master was called magister ludi. Evidently, ancient Romans had a conception of school associated to play, which means that they had sensed that play is a fundamental component in learning processes. Marchegiani plays with a whole world of things whose meanings he bends to the expressive goals intrinsic in his design, by having recourse to the whole spectrum relevant to the ludic: from the fanciful to the jocular, comic, humoristic, ironic and even sarcastic. When accessing the world of play, one enters an “intermediate world” characterized by a conscious illusion; that is why the relationship with objects implies a “temporary suspension of the customary world”. Among the most disparate classifications of play, different typologies are suited to match Marchegiani’s creations, mainly the one of symbolic play. In Marchegiani’s works the ludic element occurs more frequently in the form of transformation of objects, the viewer is so to say invited to “play” with the artwork itself. Jocosity is closely related to the sense of humour ad subtle irony that sit well on Marchegiani like a custom-tailored suit.
 
From Elio Marchegiani, homo ludens and magister ludi by Ingrid Schraffl
The Sleep of Reason

Elio Marchegiani

The Sleep of Reason
1963
Mixed media
Cm 67 x 120

The Sleep of Reason
1963 - Mixed media - Cm 67 x 120

Helios (Self-portrait)

Elio Marchegiani

Helios (Self-portrait)
1966
Mixed media
Cm 84 x 70,5 x 38

Helios (Self-portrait)
1966 - Mixed media - Cm 84 x 70,5 x 38

... but what if we would have Bought Marchegiani

Elio Marchegiani

... but what if we would have Bought Marchegiani
1973
Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – plaster Support
Cm 92 x 67

... but what if we would have Bought Marchegiani
1973 - Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – plaster Support - Cm 92 x 67

Being there Framed behind the Wall, Thinking

Elio Marchegiani

Being there Framed behind the Wall, Thinking
1977
Mixed media
Cm 18 x 24 ognuno/ each

Being there Framed behind the Wall, Thinking
1977 - Mixed media - Cm 18 x 24 ognuno/ each

K24 Gold Gram-weights on Parchment

Elio Marchegiani

K24 Gold Gram-weights on Parchment
1977
Mixed media
Cm 44,5 x 79,5

K24 Gold Gram-weights on Parchment
1977 - Mixed media - Cm 44,5 x 79,5

The Connoisseur

Elio Marchegiani

The Connoisseur
1977
Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – slate support

The Connoisseur
1977 - Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – slate support

Offer

Elio Marchegiani

Offer
1977
Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – slate support
Cm 35 x 35

Offer
1977 - Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – slate support - Cm 35 x 35

Skin Mirror

Elio Marchegiani

Skin Mirror
1980
Mixed media
Cm 78,5 x 58

Skin Mirror
1980 - Mixed media - Cm 78,5 x 58

Caro caro caro amore mio

Elio Marchegiani

Caro caro caro amore mio
1995
Mixed media
Cm 20 x 20

Caro caro caro amore mio
1995 - Mixed media - Cm 20 x 20

Art eyes you

Elio Marchegiani

Art eyes you
2000
Mixed media - kinetic interactive and sound work
Cm 140 x 90 x 10

Art eyes you
2000 - Mixed media - kinetic interactive and sound work - Cm 140 x 90 x 10

Aste da viaggio

Elio Marchegiani

Aste da viaggio
2002
Mixed media
Cm 35 x 46 x 10

Aste da viaggio
2002 - Mixed media - Cm 35 x 46 x 10

The Tears of Power

Elio Marchegiani

The Tears of Power
2002
Mixed media
Cm 200 x 96 x 27

The Tears of Power
2002 - Mixed media - Cm 200 x 96 x 27

Gram-weights make my head spin

Elio Marchegiani

Gram-weights make my head spin
2007
Mixed media
Cm d 29

Gram-weights make my head spin
2007 - Mixed media - Cm d 29

The B Side of Venus

Elio Marchegiani

The B Side of Venus
2012
Mixed media
Cm 100,5 x 70,5 x 21

The B Side of Venus
2012 - Mixed media - Cm 100,5 x 70,5 x 21

Future Past

Elio Marchegiani

Future Past
2016
Mixed media
Cm 102 x 127

Future Past
2016 - Mixed media - Cm 102 x 127

Focussing of Electronic Colours for a Non-return to Neo-Classicism

Elio Marchegiani

Focussing of Electronic Colours for a Non-return to Neo-Classicism
2016
Mixed media
Cm 127 x 176,5 x 33,5

Focussing of Electronic Colours for a Non-return to Neo-Classicism
2016 - Mixed media - Cm 127 x 176,5 x 33,5

...and Napoleon Discovered where Gram-weights Came from

Elio Marchegiani

...and Napoleon Discovered where Gram-weights Came from
2016
Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – plaster Support
Cm 46 x 139

...and Napoleon Discovered where Gram-weights Came from
2016 - Capodimonte porcelain and Colour Gram-weights – plaster Support - Cm 46 x 139

The Chair of the Ecstatic Collector

Elio Marchegiani

The Chair of the Ecstatic Collector
2016
Mixed media
Cm 144 x 54,5

The Chair of the Ecstatic Collector
2016 - Mixed media - Cm 144 x 54,5

Venus

Elio Marchegiani

Venus
2017
Mixed media
Cm 167 x 32

Venus
2017 - Mixed media - Cm 167 x 32