Nicola Gobbetto, B. 1980, Works and lives in Milan
Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan
In his research Nicola Gobbetto is intrested in the initiation path that leads, or should lead, mankind from ignorance to a spiritual awakening. At the beginning of Nicola Gobbetto’s production, the initiation themes and the internal refinement have been complicated with various elements, taken mostly from fantastic fiction, the magical world, and in part from the collective imagination of the mass media.
Subsequently the Pop universe of mass culture has played an increasingly dominant nature, the fairy tale has become actual and the artist has set out a more disenchanted and ironic mythology, where the contemporary man, is turned into a little hero of everyday life. In this way the artist is introducing a new theme: the hero, for whom the initiation is a spiritual alchemy. The individual must transcend himself in a higher and heroic vision, even if the hero is not often as invincible as the mythology would us to believe. Therefore, from initiation through the fairy tales and the pop imaginary, to the heroic mythology of the Greek and Roman world, Nicola Gobbetto lands to the show “Hands up, Hands tied”.
The gallery is thought as if it’s divided in three spaces: from darkness, marked by self-illuminated works and inspired by Plato’s cave, proceeding to monsters defeated by Hercules, symbols of the hero on the path of knowledge and forced to overcome heavy tasks, before reaching the Garden of the Hesperides. To close the circle, a small work, made with sky gloves attached to the ceiling, seems to hold up the sky, recalling Atlas effort, and his eternal condemnation to an unwanted commitment.
“Art is a necessity. It grows with me and reflects my way of thinking when I create it. I like to change my skin according to the project. My work focuses on issues that are universal and personal at the same time.”
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.