GIOVANNI OZZOLA

(B. 1982, Florence, Italy)

 

Encompassing sculpture, photography, and video, Ozzola examines, through his work, the individual and their place within the magnitude of the universe. His artistic path commenced with his participation in group exhibition ‘Happiness a Survival Guide For Art And Life’, curated by David Elliot and Pier Luigi Tazzi, at the Mori Art Museum Of Tokyo in 2001. His work was shown alongside Hiroshi Sugimoto, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami, among others. Ozzola has since then exhibited internationally with works held in numerous collections including Louis Vuitton Foundation, Palais de Tokyo, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Museum Franz Gertsch, Museo Pecci, VAF Foundation and the AGI Verona Collection.

 

Working mostly in photography and, more recently, video, Ozzola produces picturesque images that oscillate between the immediacy of capturing the ephemeral and the carefully constructed artifice traditionally associated with painting. Fog or sunlight streaming through colourful curtains is a romantic leitmotif within his practice. In his three-dimensional works, Ozzola looks at some of these same properties by using a variety of materials: neon lights to illuminate found objects from within, marble installations as backdrops for video projects, or slate slabs as surfaces for etching.