Pao - Neoplasia
21 x 14.5 cm
Publisher: Square23 ArtGallery
Catalog for the exhibition Pao. Neoplasia held at Square23, October 31, 2013 - January 8, 2014.
Pao's works from the road to the gallery and back Pinguins, octopus, rabbits, fantastic creatures, abnormal and surreal invade the streets of Turin, they come to Paratissima all'ex Moi and occupy the spaces of Galleria Square 23 of Via San Massimo 45. From the road to the gallery, they transform the "matter" into something ironic and animated and invite to a reflection on contemporary society affected by neoplasia ". From Greek neos, "new", and plasis, "training", cancer indicates, in pathology, "an abnormal mass of tissue that grows excessively and unmatched compared to normal tissues."
As a neoplasm, contemporary society continues to grow in a chaotic way, growing out of control, out of control; influences and corrupts the life cycle of the planet, destroying balance and ecosystems. Hybridization and mutations determined by genetics, as well as pollution and radiation have become common events we are accustomed to. The boundaries between the genres are overcome, the differences canceled, it is not possible to distinguish between natural and artificial. Nothing really is what it looks like.
The paintings come as a collection of images, while the different objects are provided with a technical data sheet describing the "scientific and technological". In small bowls, insect mode, they find ladybirds, aliens and bees made on 1/144 scale models of the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki. In the passage from the canvas to the road, Pao uses different techniques and languages: on the canvas it gives great importance to form, investigating more complex paths and deeper speeches; in the street, he talks a lot about the context and attaches greater importance to the message he wants to communicate. Through experimentation on materials, prospective research, visual distortion, and curve geometry, Pao seeks to overcome the two-dimensionality of the canvas and, in parallel, the three-dimensionality of our world.