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The Underbelly of Beauty: A Conversation with Giordano Pozzi
by Michela Arfiero

Giordano Pozzi was born in New York in 1968. He studied architecture and industrial design, and his early work was influenced by American Minimalism. Now his artworks circumscribe, frame, and delimit complex space. The sculptures tell micro-stories, using a language that falls between abstraction and narrative construction. They are often fabricated using steel rod, with visible welding scars, or pieces of plastic, with imperfect edges left after cutting and carving. Pozzi uses innumerable materials, ranging from plywood, balsa wood, and polystyrene to paint and chalk marks, but regardless of the material, every piece contains a precarious element, a simple indication of an alternative sense of completion. Influenced by visions of utopian architecture, his recent works are conceived as constructions born from observing territories, nature, buildings, and other conditions, both physical and psychic. Pozzi’s particular manner of connecting these disparate elements defines his works and lends them vitality.

Dragons Demise, 2002. Steel, polycarbonate, and mixed media,
216 x 60 x 192 in.

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