CRITICS

Title: Graceful, Antigraceful, Artificial
Author: Lorenzo Canova
Year: 2008

Marco Bolognesi’s artistic journey recently reached an important milestone, a culminating point, if you like, arrived at through previous experiences: in his Synteborg cycle he creates images of female faces through digital recomposition thus giving life to a completely artificial “cyborg” beauty which makes use of mysterious props taken from everyday life. On one level, we could interpret these works as his desire to recreate a groundbreaking futurist classical beauty, very much reminiscent of the “legend of the artist” of Zeusi, the Greek painter who, in order to express the full beauty of Elena, painted the most beautiful bodily features of five different maidens to create an exquisitely proportioned image.

In this respect, Bolognesi is very much a follower of an ideal that sees art in successful pursuit of the creation of a perfection that is greater than the natural world is capable of, yet he is equally aware of the fact that this “renaissance” is not wholly possible today. Thus, the artist has been able to add a number of discordant codes in his work, or dissonant “viruses”, bringing to light a new and different kind of beauty, and one that could be admired in the centuries to come.

These works, however, lend themselves to yet further interpretation: if it is the destiny of the human race to be substituted by artificial replicas, and if the world in the future were to be populated by androids and cyborgs, then both men and women would now paradoxically be seen as vestiges of history, like archaeological finds dating from an irredeemable past.

In this way, contemporary artists are, most likely, glimpsing into the future with the eye of an archaeologist and are, as a consequence, salvaging and preserving what may be our memories of the first human species to have deliberately chosen to extinguish itself. They seek to recompose harmony, proportion and canons of beauty with the surviving fragments of a world and nature that future generations will only be able to imagine. They are buttressing the ruins of a far away humanity in order to find once again the classical and unattainable ideal of beauty.

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