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Federico Solmi, The Evil Empire


LMAKprojects (Chelsea)
526 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor, 212-255-9707
March 20 - April 19, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, March 25, 6 - 8 PM
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The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Elga Wimmer PCC.

As an untiring observer of the alienated scenery of the metropolitan reality, Federico Solmi focusses in his installations and videos on analyzing the paradoxical situation that modifies our approach and our attitude toward everyday life. The neurotic urban landscape, the frenetic life in the big city and the colossal contradiction of contemporary society, are the key themes on which his artistic search has been based.

Solmi uses images culled from the video game industry, pop culture, and the Internet and collages them with a historical influence to produce original artworks about the seemingly disparate subject at hand. In The Evil Empire, he looks into the disciplines of the old masters; in one frame of the animation one can pick out a recognizable scene from the video game Doom 3 superimposed on the magnificence that is the dome of the St Peter’s Basilica. The process of his art, similar to his inspirations, involves the cutting edge as well as the ancient; a 3D environment is built to provide a structure for the final drawings that compose his videos. What results from the combination of all these elements is art that is humorous, absurd, and scathingly critical of our contemporary society.
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