Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Maurizio Anzeri at BALTIC, Gateshead

by Suzanne on June 21st, 2011

Nadia by Maurizio Anzeri, 2010, image courtesy of BALTIC - click to enlarge

From June 25 onwards, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead will be presenting recent works by London-based Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri whose intricate embroidery and needlework has been gaining great popularity and high-profile collectors since his 2009 solo show at London’s Riflemaker.

Despite male artists like Seb Patane, John Stezaker or Angelo Filomeno creating similar darkly surreal, psychologically dense, and sweetly morbid collage works with ballpoint pens respectively photography and silk, Anzeri is still a pioneer in a genre strongly dominated by women like Julie Cockburn, Hinke Schreuders, Flore Gardner and Erin Endicott, to name a few.

Anzeri's clear focus on a geometric narrative, his obsessive attention to detail and his love affair with outsider art and ready-mades have made it possible for him to achieve authenticity, to create an aura by reworking the epitome of Walter Benjamin’s “technical reproduction” - the photograph.

Family Day by Maurizio Anzeri, 2009, image courtesy of BALTIC - click to enlarge

Using found photographs of unknown origins as his canvas, Anzeri stitches new anatomical and physiognomical realities onto the faces of our collective subconscious past. The outcome is often unnerving and psychedelic, sometimes fetishistic and occult, and always very tactile and playful.

Anzeri says that:

“There are no rules other than I always leave one or both eyes open. Nothing is bigger in my head than a face, it’s the best landscape we can look at.”

On Wednesday evening, June 29, the BALTIC invites the public to a free conversation where Anzeri will be discussing his work with Alessandro Vincentelli, BALTIC’s curator of Exhibitions and Research.

Details below.

Angelo by Maurizio Anzeri, 2010, image courtesy of BALTIC - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 25 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA, UK, tel: +44 (0)191 478 1810

Gallery hours: Daily 10 AM - 6 PM, except Tue: 10.30 AM - 6 PM

Press release

by suzanne_tumblr on October 25th, 2010

Maurizio Anzeri interview over at Don’t Panic

by suzanne_tumblr on September 3rd, 2009

After much reflection, I can now fairly say that Maurizio Anzeri is my biggest art crush of anno 2009 (so far). I can’t get his works out of my poor little tortured head ever since I had the immense pleasure to see his recent exhibition at Riflemaker - London’s best gallery. Hands down. Because I say so.