Flowers in the dark #07

  • Andrea Cicala Pozzuoli
  • 2016
  • Inv. No. 18.14.18
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Still life, Movimento
Size M
40x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted on Dibond Mounting
 
Size L
80x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

Flowers In the Dark, created by Andrea Pozzuoli in 2016, is part of a long-term artistic research on still-life photography, a research that the artist started with It is Not ‘600 (2013) and Decadence Flowers (2015), two different still-life experiments. The photos that belong to this new series are characterized by the black background, against which stand drops of water and flowers with vibrant colors. Every detail vigorously comes up to the surface, ripping the black veil of quietness that wraps every shot. The still-life, a quintessentially Baroque genre, is now re-interpreted under a new and modern light. The stillness of the subject, which often characterized this painting genre and its sub-categories, both in art and photography, is now left aside; Pozzuoli re-interprets it in an independent, fluid and dynamic way. Time is no longer still or crystalized in frames that always look alike; on the contrary, in each frame we see it unravel through the drops of water, the flowers and the petals that float and almost seem to be swimming in the air. Every photo is grounded on a careful work of preparation and research, in order to achieve the perfect synthesis – lively but always well balanced – of every component.
Andrea Pozzuoli showed his artistic talent at an early age, trying his hand at sculpture and painting. He grew up in an artistic environment that offered him countless stimuli, both avant-garde and traditionalist, that oriented him towards new horizons but also attracted him to the values of classicism. Pozzuoli then trained in the visual arts: he attended the State Art Institute in Cantù and completed his studies at the G. Terragni Art High School, where he started to photograph subjects to be transported to canvas. His gradual move towards photography, following in his father’s footsteps, culminated with his enrolment at the Italian Photography Institute (IIF) in Milan, where he experimented with various approaches – from fashion photography to portraiture and still life – to mould his personal artistic vision. In 2010, for the first Italian Photography Festival organized by the AFI – Italian Photography Archive – at the Fondazione Bandera per l’Arte in Busto Arsizio, he was one of the leading figures in the exhibition by students at the IIF, entitled Landscape – Vision from Young Photographers curated by Erminio Annunzi, photographer and teacher of photographic technique at the IIF. The following year he participated in MIA – Milan Image Art Fair, exhibiting at the IIF stand. In 2011 he was also one of the semi-finalists for the Cairo Prize in the photography section. Three years later – in 2014 – he returned to MIA – Milan Image Art Fair, where he had a solo stand in the ‘Proposta MIA’ section, at which he illustrated a subjective and relativistic world through the photographs in the It Is Not ’600 series.