Massimo Pianese

Italy (residence) °1979

Massimo Pianese (Naples 1979) graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples. Since 1999 he has been present to numerous group shows in Italy and abroad. He usually works using video, photography, installation, painting and cross media. Since 2003 he’s been working as assistant of the artist Gian Marco Montesano.

ARTIST STATEMENT: written by Carla Subrizi for the catalogue “Interplay-Premio Termoli 2009” i


“... The videos of Massimo Pianese always show us a real amended, through the manipulation of the images or with the choice of specific points of view, from very close to or from far away, Pianese works in the margins of the real. He focus his videos on current issues: the environment and its crisis, the relationship with the tradition, extinction of systems plants or animals fundamental for balance of the ecosystem, stories of special characters or of restricted crowds of people, whose actions are registered slowly. It seems that happen nothing in these video: however imperceptibly things are transformed. The time of video is almost a real time, that follows the scenes apparently fixed. This is the most interesting aspect of his research: the almost nothing, the detail, a scene in which you fail to understand what is happening because observed from far away; the time almost property that scans the movements marks his work. That is obtained is not only the effect of alienation, that the public feel, when almost a surprise realizes that in a certain time, everything has changed. He takes aspects of the real that emerge slowly: they were invisible, no one was noticed, but were there and only with techniques like those used by the artist the pieces come in surface and tells a story that even to overwhelm what had already known”.


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