STATEMENT / BIO
Davide Zucco (Belluno, IT 1981) is an artist whose output, whether in concept, subject matter, or materials, is guided by a strong connection to his surrounding environment. In the background of Zucco's investigation there is a necessity to elaborate and oppose the exasperated anthropocentrism of modernity, repurposing its industrial debris into new shapes, objects and forms that transcend their original functionalities. Exploring themes like nature resilience, the cultural and social idea of time, the clash between nature and urban landscape, the artist’s work engages with issues related to its time, a historical moment challenged by extreme crises, both environmentally and socially speaking. Focusing on the use of materials and the object itself, a variety of aesthetic strategies and mediums (including sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, and video) are channeled in Davide’s practice. Leaving a residue of geologic temporalities, felt through complex and mysterious materials - the charred and the reflective surfaces, pristine and delicate angles, and heightened level of painterly dexterity - the artist’s work disengages from an understanding of time as a linear and functional concept. Davide Zucco’s research examines the tensions generated by residues of encounters and fractures between human and not-human entities, leaving the observer wondering which element comments on the other. After his forming period in Venice and residing for many years in New York, Davide now lives and works in Berlin.
Solo exhibitions include FrancisV, Berlin, DE (2019), Solivagant*, New York, US (2016), NURTUREart, New York, US (2015), Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, ES (2011), Mogadishni Gallery, Aahrus, DK (2007), Perugi Gallery, Padova, IT (2007). Among others, his work has been included in group exhibitions at Pina, Vienna, AU (2019), Gillmeier Rech Gallery, Berlin, DE (2018), Galeria Municipal da Boavista, Lisbon, PT (2018), Kristen Lorello Gallery, New York, US (2016), Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, US (2015), LMCC’s Arts Center at Governor Island , New York, US (2014), Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, ES (2009), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT (2009/2006/2005/2003/2002). Residencies include LMCC Process Space, New York, US (2014), ISCP, New York, US (2012), Atelier Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT (2005/2006).
- “The Green Fire” by Viola Castellano 2019
- “Tropisms” by Rachel Steinberg 2016
- “Seven paragraphs on Davide Zucco's “Deep Time”” by Marco Antonini 2015
- “Burning colours trying to turn my blood black” by Alfredo Sigolo 2011