Signs of an Endless Future
June 14 - July 13, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6:00–9:00pm
About the Exhibition
Coldstream Fine Art is pleased to present Signs of an Endless Future, an exhibition of new multimedia work by Marco Bertuzzo. Rooted in an involved study of the intents and effects of allegory, Bertuzzo’s work departs from the rigid prescriptions of discrete symbols and instead delves into a wholesale pursuit of unexplored narratives, encouraging the audience to unearth new meanings from age-old imagery. It is not that there is nothing new under the sun, but rather that to find the new we must reconfigure the old; in his work we see bodies, icons, fabled animals and architecture in all its classical orders dissolve into each other, loosed from history to be reanimated in the image of the present. These days, after all, everything is a remake.
The brilliance of Bertuzzo’s evocation of allegory lies in his exploration of the relation between image, narrative and viewer. He eschews the idea that any viewer will bring with them an inherent, fixed understanding of the extended symbology employed in his compositions. Instead, his work elicits the instantaneous generation of distinct narratives among all viewers who engage with the whirling mass of signifiers before them, constantly leaving the door open for changes and adjustment to meaning as new figures and structures are discovered within the swirling, saturated linework.
The series also represents a development in Bertuzzo’s technique, showcasing his adventurous approach to material and medium. He departs from his earlier use of collage and experiments with unconventional surfaces, including reflective papers, glossy films, acrylic panels and even plates and ceramics. These mediums allow him to continue to use some of his signature compositional forms, including the tondo, while opening the door to new experiments such as three-dimensional wrap-arounds. These, again, are not newly discovered break-throughs in the history of art; in fact, they represent some of the most common formats for art in previous eras. However, they too underscore what Bertuzzo demonstrates in this series: that the signs of an endless future can most surely be found in the stories of the past.
About the Artist
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada to a second generation Italian family Marco Bertuzzo spent much of his youth immersed in allegorical art of Europe the Italian Renaissance. These images fostered a love of fine art in Marco and this passion is what drove him to complete a bachelors of Fine Art at OCAD University. Now, having just completed a Masters of Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins in London, England, Bertuzzo's passion has come full-circle. Bertuzzo creates large highly colourful and seemingly allegorical paintings. These pieces which blur the line between erotic and grotesque are directly inspired by pieces that he saw in his childhood and in his European schooling. Beautiful and tacky, possible and impossible. Each piece invites the viewer to decipher it’s meaning, and through this process becomes filled with the meaning that each viewer imbues it with.