Sperone Westwater is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent sculpture by the Italian team Bertozzi & Casoni. The artists’ second solo show at the gallery, it consists of ceramic works in their remarkably realistic signature style. Bertozzi & Casoni reveal their brash and irreverent view of past arts and contemporary culture in their work.
While the political nature and satirical content of their sculptures is far removed from the traditional style of classic Italian ceramics, Bertozzi & Casoni maintain an emphasis on a continuous updating of themes and topics as well as the application of technological innovations, resulting from research on both products and the production process. The artists position their work in the liminal space between fine art and high-class handicraft, artwork and product, ornament and object. Their precision of technique and composition make the works hover between the real and surreal.
In their dynamic assemblages of found objects rendered in ceramic, Bertozzi & Casoni are fascinated by the concept of decay:
[We] believe that the true essence of things can be found in decay, in everything that has been rejected, in junk, in rubbish. It’s from there that you can find resources to start again. In a post-atomic age, you could reconstruct everything, paradoxically.