Claudio Roncoli

(November 21 - December 30, 2006)

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Easy Laugh
Mixed media on canvas, 100 x 140 cm.
Easy Laugh Virgin Suicides The Same as Always Distant Love

In this work, there is a conflict between nostalgia and contemporaneity, the idealized recollection that infuses the work with an emotional charge, since, like all illusions, it is responsible for manipulating memory. The whole exhibition seems new, while at the same time hinting at things already seen. Déjà vu, as they say. Roncoli’s contribution is the recontextualization of an iconography already consumed in the mass media, combining it with references to the masters of the ‘50s and ‘60s to create a gaze that is more postmodern and ironic than nostalgic. Seen from this perspective, Roncoli’s works become pieces for the erudite, due largely to the play of appearances that forces a close reading of the works. Luis Lama, 2006.