This publication features a conversation between artist Leonardo Pivi (Cesena, FC, 1965) and Michele Robecchi, a writer and curator based in London. It focuses on Pivi’s exhibition from May to July 2014 at the conclusion of his residency at Gluck50, Milan.
For the show, Pivi showed a series of life-size marble statues sculpted and carved from plaster models, with the aim of recalling formal classical models, when bizarre and personal typologies coexisted and came to life showing a strong spatial vitality. The artist’s interventions, aided by his studies on light, show an ambition to bring classical and neo-classical ideals of corporeal beauty into the third millennium.
Caught between the obscene and the provocative, Pivi’s characters evoke a variety of inspirational models such as an ideal and deified concept of beauty and religiously-shaped bodies that refer to the gods without preventing more contemporary references such as inflatable dolls and crash test dummies. He conveys a new look to marble’s cold nature and brings back the attention to the human body and the characteristics associated with it such as monumentality, dynamism and movement.
Ranging from current events to topics long considered cornerstones of existential anguish, Pivi investigates new patterns of expression using concepts of beauty as a restoring and comforting force.