Another of our favourites at Arles this year is the Italian artist-photographer Guido Mocafico. Practising in Paris, Mocafico, along with his production team of food and flower designers, creates large-scale, still life pictures. Click here to see more of the exhibition. Mocafico, however, takes it one step further, creating the illusion of painting through photography — the ultimate expression of hyper-reality.
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Search Global search Advanced images search. Sign up. Log in. All rights reserved. This artwork can't be used without written consent from its author. At first glance, the photographs seem hardly distinguishable from the compositions of the Old Masters that supplement the exhibition, because in his remarkable works, which are planned down to the last detail, Mocafico replicates typical still lifes of the 17th and 18th centuries. The exhibition shows about 20 photographs in juxtaposition with Old Master paintings.
Italian, born in Switzerland in , lives in Switzerland and works in Paris. Guido Mocafico studied Photography at Vevey school in Switzerland. Wednesday 1 January - Thursday 31 December No 24 John Monson. Antipodes Vassilev Vesselin. Vicissitude Dmitri Albert. Spirale Myriam Rueff. Past Laura Daddabbo.
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Search Global search Advanced images search. Sign up. Log in. All rights reserved. This artwork can't be used without written consent from its author. At first glance, the photographs seem hardly distinguishable from the compositions of the Old Masters that supplement the exhibition, because in his remarkable works, which are planned down to the last detail, Mocafico replicates typical still lifes of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Still-life artists of this period wanted to create the perfect illusion. Generally they are very ordinary items that are grouped around a skull in the centre of the picture. Both the painting and the photo encompass the ideal of the vanitas genre. In them we see the classic symbols of death laid out on a smooth marble slab. Five skulls plus a lower jaw and bones are arranged in the centre of the composition, between which cut flowers can be made out. On the decorated dresser in the background there are also letters, which embody the transience of human relationships; although for Mocafico it is principally aesthetic considerations and the remarkable nature of the subject that concerns him. By studying the Old Masters in minute detail, Mocafico succeeds not only in copying the two-dimensional paintings but also in bringing them back to life.
Arles: Guido Mocafico
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