Kuratiert mit Arbeiten aus der Serie „Order & Disorder“


Kuratiert mit Arbeiten aus der Serie „Order & Disorder“
Curated by Daniela Ilieva

The Mind's Eye

Das Oeuvre von Attillio M. Varricchio zeigt seine künstlerische Vielfalt und die unterschiedlichen Ansätze, mit denen er seine Visionen auf die Leinwand überträgt. In Werken wie Optical Dreams. Varricchio experiments with different artistic languages to explore the possibilities offered by new technologies, from digital painting to multimedia installations. 

Optical dreams, 2008, Optical Dreams #2, 2008, Geometrical Drops, 2008 und Pseudoplasticita geometriche, 2016

 He explores the finiteness of space and time by adopting the symbolic imagery of the skull in his worksWonderful World and Special Waste

Special Waste, 2015, Christ War, 2015 und Wonderful World, 2016

 He uses photocollage and digital overpainting to create fantastical worlds in works like I`ve Been Here, Who´s Going to Tell my Story  , that address the “ghettoization of contemporary history”.

L.: Self Portrait, 2015, I`ve Been Here, Who´s Going to Tell my Story, 2015,  Arbeit macht frei, 2015 und Safe Walk, 2015

The Artwork When You Can’t See the Happiness, Look for It Inside , A photocollage and digital overpainting of one of Naples largest urban housing projects, it elicits sentiments of decay, abandon and failed dreams. It invites the viewer to cross a threshold into an impossible realm twisted upside down and sideways in defiance of gravity and logic. It allows the artist to create in a way that is limitless and unbounded. 

When You Can’t See the Happiness, Look for It Inside, 2015 und Wonderful World, 2016

Across Space And Time

The Vele di Scampía housing projects in Naples, Italy started off as a pipe dream. A vision for creating public housing that was affordable and representative of the new principles for social housing envisioned by Le Corbusier. However, natural and social disasters resulted in demolitions and invited squatters. The dream development became the perfect haven for crime, drugs and gangs. The kind of ghetto emerging in cities across the globe that Varricchio incorporates into his art.

Neon City, 2014 und Third Group, 2014

In his works When You Can’t See the Happiness, Look for It Inside once again employs the familiar photocollage and digital overpainting technique using images of the housing development. Though the pieces of the collage are recognizable as photos of Vele di Scampía, their positioning on the canvas results in the creation of a completely made-up and fantastical world, one that follows its own laws of spatial reason. And reminiscent of his Màdi paintings, we see his penchant for geometry in the arrangement of the individual images in a downward extending spiral, one that draws us into an unknown abyss with invisible depths. 

When You Can’t See the Happiness, Look for It Inside, 2015

The Eye Of The Beholder

Though the secrets hiding in this chasm might be a mystery to the viewer, they are most certainly visible to the eye that Varricchio has created by conjoining these images. An eye nestled in a dark void, eerily echoing the empty socket of a skull. A fitting symbol for the death of a dream of better living and social equality.

But what else might the artist, a trained ophthalmologist, want this eye to express? As an eye surgeon, Varricchio knows that the pupil’s purpose is to regulate the amount of light that enters the eye. That its rim is encircled by a bold message in yellow: When you can’t see the happiness, look inside is a reminder. We are in control of how much darkness envelops us and how much light we permit entrance.

Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light

One might perceive the reappearance of the skull and its association with mortality and temporality as a suggestive harbinger of doom and despair. However, Varricchio’s final message remains one of hope. We only need look within to find the happiness and the light. 

Self Portrait, 2015

Additional information


Attilio Michele Varricchio