Luigi Francischello paints semi-representational pictures in a sketchy, graffiti-like style. Chock full of symbols and hieroglyphic suggestions, his images tell non-narrative stories that ramble on without clear direction. His spots of glaring color and Cy Twombly–like chalkboard meanderings give the work an insouciance that takes the focus away from the depicted subject and into a realm of endless possibility.
Luigi examines icons, colors, and symbols from many sources, including 11th– and 12th-century illuminated manuscripts. He’s been influenced by artists such as Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Andrea Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, and Katsushika Hokusai. Luigi says that “Rocco is not real,” but “an idea” that performs a “psychedelic journey” in a correlation between animal and human.
Luigi was born in Zurich in 1964 and has lived in Switzerland, Australia, and now Vicenza, Italy. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows around the world: France, Australia, Portugal, Montecarlo, and Italy. For more of his work, take a look at the Charles Saatchi online site.
Dale Cotton is a freelance photographer who specializes in the built environment. He photographs everything from manhole covers to street signs to the buildings of Frank Gehry. Dale has also worked as an editor, producer, and art director/designer in the book publishing industry in Seattle, New York, Boston, and Princeton.
ARTICLES BY DALE COTTON
Altered Spaces – Art & Architecture: Blowing Apart the Rectangle, Behind the Scenes at Frank Gehry’s New Building
Altered Spaces-From Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur
Altered Spaces – Art & Architecture: Shake Your Money Maker
Altered Spaces: Taliban Portraits
Altered Spaces – Sex, Art, Culture, and Princeton Modern Architecture: Inside Photographer Dale Cotton’s New Book
Lost and Found: Michelle Reader’s Portrayal of Over-Consumption