Alessandro Pessoli | The Woodstock’s Boy

ALESSANDRO PESSOLI | THE WOODSTOCK’S BOY
NOVEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 21

Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.

NINO MIER GALLERY
7277 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Alessandro Pessoli: The Woodstock’s Boy 
November 9 – December 21, 2019

Nino Mier Gallery is pleased to present The Woodstock’s Boy, Alessandro Pessoli’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Italian-born and Los Angeles-based, Pessoli is best-known for his surreal landscapes often inhabited by fragmented human forms. Utilizing a plethora of media, from brushwork and stencils to terracotta, Pessoli imbues his canvases and sculptures with a wealth of imagery, all connected by an emotional intensity conjured through a process of layering and erasure. 

The Woodstock’s Boy consists of new paintings and a monumental terracotta sculpture connected by the narrative of a hero  an archetype for the artist, who faces the threat of symbolic death in search of a more creatively pure and wholly instinctive reality. The title also references a countercultural generation—a generation defined by the Vietnam War and the Peace and Love movement, in which music, art and drugs were used as instruments for visualizing a better world. While only six-years-old at the time of the Woodstock festival, Pessoli sees himself in a world that desperately needs to grasp for freedom and utopia amidst a largely corrupt and violent reality.   

Pessoli’s new body of work is ultimately celebratory. The Woodstock boy is a character who initially is tormented by the state of a real and metaphysical world yet ultimately finds a beautiful reality. Male and female figures exist in a hallucinogenic realityOften playful, guns and other weapons transform into unashamed sexual metaphors alongside fruit, a symbol of life, nature, nourishment—something both essential and elementary. With a nod to a child-like vision, Pessoli’s universe is doused in opulent color and iconography of popsicles, rainbows and butterflies. Incorporating this childlike imagery allows Pessoli to reconnect with a pure and instinctual mode of artmaking. The obscure is juxtaposed with an enlightened and primal positivism. 

The Woodstock’s Boy portrays a heroic journey from the threats of a complex and dangerous time to a more free and beautiful alternative reality. It’s a story of fall and regrowth. Perhaps beginning with Shack Up, a nude male figure that leans forward in a pensive form, arm swooped overhead, with fruita single rose and multi-colored popsicles at his back – an image evoking Adam’s expulsion from Eden  and ending with Bethel Girl in which the rebellious boy grows into a giant and finds acceptance and hope in an Eve-like female hero who has reconciled and lives fearlessly with her guardian monsters. Each work in The Woodstock’s Boy is its own chapter of an epic story and an opportunity for the viewer to fantasize about the story’s structure and details.  

In 2009, Pessoli moved from Italy, a country steeped in history and tradition, to Los Angeles, a city of the new. Pessoli’s work is rich in art historical and biblical references, but also allusions to contemporary culture. With this in mind, Pessoli fuses the classical with a contemporary impulse, the familiar with the strange. With a newfound freedom, virtuosity with materials and respect for the past, Pessoli masterfully combines the etherealness of Henri Matisse and the Fauves with the rich moodiness of Francisco Goya. Furthermore, Pessoli’s work captures the pictorial heroism of 1960s Georg Baselitz and the Pop sensibility of R.B. Kitaj and Andy Warhol. 

 Alessandro Pessoli (b. 1963, Cervia, Italy) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. Pessoli has been exhibited at institutions worldwide, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, The Drawing Center, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. His work was also included in the 53rd Biennale di Venezia at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice. 

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Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Installation view.
Alessandro Pessoli, Poisonous Fortune Cookies, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels, collage on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.014
Alessandro Pessoli, Poisonous Fortune Cookies, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels, collage on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.014
Alessandro Pessoli, Poisonous Fortune Cookies, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels, collage on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.014
Alessandro Pessoli, Shack Up, 2019, Oil, spray paint, pencil, soft pastels on canvas, 57 x 63 in (144.8 x 160 cm), AP19.017
Alessandro Pessoli, Shack Up, 2019, Oil, spray paint, pencil, soft pastels on canvas, 57 x 63 in (144.8 x 160 cm), AP19.017
Alessandro Pessoli, Bang Bang Bang (Two Hearts), 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, pencil on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.011
Alessandro Pessoli, Bang Bang Bang (Two Hearts), 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, pencil on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.011
Alessandro Pessoli, Scarecrow in Daddy Field, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.010
Alessandro Pessoli, Scarecrow in Daddy Field, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.010
Alessandro Pessoli, Scarecrow in Daddy Field, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, soft pastels on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.010
Alessandro Pessoli, Keep on Trucking, 2019, Oil, oil pastel, tempera spray paint, soft pastels and collage on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.012 
Alessandro Pessoli, Keep on Trucking, 2019, Oil, oil pastel, tempera spray paint, soft pastels and collage on canvas, 63 x 57 in (160 x 145 cm), AP19.012
Alessandro Pessoli, April, 2019, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels and collage on canvas, 55 x 77 in (139.7 x 195.6 cm), AP19.009
Alessandro Pessoli, April, 2019, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels and collage on canvas, 55 x 77 in (139.7 x 195.6 cm), AP19.009
Alessandro Pessoli, Eva (Maddalena), 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels on canvas, 57 x 77 in (144.8 x 195.6 cm), AP19.015
Alessandro Pessoli Eva (Maddalena), 2019 Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels on canvas 57 x 77 in 144.8 x 195.6 cm (AP19.015)
Alessandro Pessoli, Head on the Field, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels on canvas 57 x 77 in (144.8 x 195.6 cm), AP19.016
Alessandro Pessoli, Head on the Field, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil stick, tempera, soft pastels on canvas 57 x 77 in (144.8 x 195.6 cm), AP19.016
Alessandro Pessoli, Electrocuted, 2019, Oil, spray paint, and oil pastels on canvas, 57 x 63 in (144.8 x 160 cm), AP19.020
Alessandro Pessoli, Electrocuted, 2019, Oil, spray paint, and oil pastels on canvas, 57 x 63 in (144.8 x 160 cm), AP19.020
Alessandro Pessoli, Smacked Bird, 2019, Signed, dated and titled en verso Oil, spray paint and oil pastel on canvas, 33 x 25 in (83.8 x 63.5 cm), AP19.022
Alessandro Pessoli, The Woodstock’s Boy, 2019, Terracotta, wire, glitter and spray painted paper flowers, 120 x 45 x 40 in (304.8 x 114.3 x 101.6 cm), AP19.021
Alessandro Pessoli, Bethel Girl, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil pastels, soft pastels on canvas, 126 x 88 in (320 x 223.5 cm), AP19.018
Alessandro Pessoli, Bethel Girl, 2019, Oil, spray paint, oil pastels, soft pastels on canvas, 126 x 88 in (320 x 223.5 cm), AP19.018