Federico Solmi “The Bacchanalian Ones”
Rowan University Art Gallery – Until January 21, 2021 Glassboro (US)
Use of game engines, motion capture. Digital animation. Virtual and augmented reality associated with his drawings and paintings. Solmi creates satirical and clownish depictions of political leaders. Colonial rulers and explorers absorbed. In extravagant and disturbed evenings. Pompous and imperious parades. And theatrical and artificial events.
Inspired by ancient mythology. Modern myth and contemporary celebrity culture, Solmi has mixed historical figures and portrayed them as macabre followers. Indulgent and degenerate of the cults of Bacchus and Dionysus, concerned only with their own power and influence.
By the absurd behavior of its characters. Solmi asks us to question their relevance and the distorted historical accounts that led to an era of disinformation. Of corruption and hypocrisy.
This exhibition was generously funded by the Joseph Robert Foundation. Also, with additional support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
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