• Ivano Mercanzin
  • 2015
  • Inv. No. 306.16.11
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP

New York is often referred to as the ‘Big Apple’. This bizarre metaphor was used for the first time in 1909 by Edward S. Martin, who, in The Wayfarer of New York, compared the state of New York to an apple tree, whose long roots delved deep into the Mississippi valley and whose main fruit was the state capital city. This definition was popularized in the Twenties by John J. Fitzgerald, a sport journalist, through his column Around the Big Apple – and it has since become famous worldwide. New York is also the chaotic and kaleidoscopic metropole that ‘never sleeps’, and it is here shown as a web of symmetries, skyscrapers, and colours – immortalised through iconic details that speak of the city’s different lives. A lively and vibrant urban environment, which contains contradictions and similarities, chaos and quiet, lights and shadows. Ivano Mercanzin engages himself and the city in a dialogue rich with narrative shades, which allows different visual impressions to emerge and involve the observer in the profound connection that ties the photographer to his subject. From close-ups to landscape views, Mercanzin highlights a personal and moving emotional dimension of New York.
Ivano Mercanzin began his artistic career in 2011 and he was immediately captured by the new world of photography. Light and shades are the focus of our artist, who decided to direct his attention towards the technique of white and black in order to narrate stories of different kind. On the one hand, we find his narration of the countryside around Vicenza and of his villages, a reflection of simple emotions, but at the same time authentic and fundamental, for Mercazin, who was born in this area. Terramadre (Motherland), Notturno Vicentino (Night around Vicenza) and Le vite degli altri (The lives of others) convey the memory of his past, which the artist keeps as something unforgettable, just as an old family photo. However, the spectator has also the opportunity to observe the reality of a great city such as New York City, a more complex and large world, whose human and linear profile the artist was able to encapsulate in the series Subwayand Faces of NYC. In the quick movement of the subway it is easy to find Mercanzin’s artistic aim. As a matter of fact, he wants to follow traces of life, portray a choice in the face of the passengers who become a picture in the picture by means of their gestures and the fine use of black and white: the complexity of simple things, such as a young woman crossing quickly a bridge in Venice, but also the peace of an old man resting on a bench. Critics and painters understood the profoundness of this artist so that they helped him to organize personal exhibitions and to participate in collective ones. In 2013 he was at the Art Caffè Letterario in Rome, in 2015 at the Punto Ottico Human eyes of New York and 2016 was the year of his exhibit Eurasia in Bangkok.