Fabrizio Plessi

Ca’ d’Oro. 2009. Wood sandolo, TV, DVD player, sound. Photo: Claudio Franzini. Courtesy of the artist

Ca’ d’Oro. 2009. Wood sandolo, TV, DVD player, sound. Photo: Claudio Franzini. Courtesy of the artist


Ca’ d’Oro. 2009. Wood sandolo, TV, DVD player, sound. Photo: Claudio Franzini. Courtesy of the artist

Ca’ d’Oro. 2009. Wood sandolo, TV, DVD player, sound. Photo: Claudio Franzini. Courtesy of the artist


Ca’ d’Oro

Wood sandolo, TV, DVD player, sound
2009

The boat as a symbol and a metaphor of the idea of a journey into the creative unknown. It represents the essential element in finding the right direction for the sailor in the artistic storm. The virtual water that digitally streams within the interior of the boat is the flowing of time, an energetic movement of the mind.

Plessi presents himself to the world of art as a modern alchemist, playing with water and fire. He is capable of "humanizing" technological tools, making them carriers of emotions and open concepts. The theme of his artwork is water, which is ancient, ancestral, primordial element that materializes through a contemporary medium that shares the "liquidity": video. It's Plessi himself that claims that these two elements are "fluid, mobile, unstable, both give off a blue glow." The element of water intertwines with the medium of video in a boat that takes us into an endless journey of life. This work is particularly significant for Venice as the boat installation was presented here in different variations, and reflects the liquid nature of the city.


Fabrizio Plessi (b. 1940, Reggio Emilia, Italy) is media artist, concerned mostly with video art and the themes of water and fire. Plessi became internationally famous with the 1988 work Roma, an installation that combined stone ruins and embedded video screens. Since the 1990s he has taught extensively and created sets for theater and opera. He has exhibited internationally, and in 2011 created the Venice Pavillion at the Venice Biennial.