Notes on a journey through the artwork of Luca Suelzu
Painting nowadays is a risky gamble for an artist.
Whether it’s due to an age-old tradition, or to the crisis that contemporary art is facing, or to the difficulty in transmitting something of interest, the fact remains that to propose oneself today as an artist painter bears with it the sensation of an imminent negative judgement. If, besides this, we take into consideration the general weaknesses of the contemporary communications system, which is superficial and absorbing, of the art system, which is conditioned by money and appearance, of the artist’s role in Italy, which is detached from society and therefore from active participation, then the game becomes even more dangerous.
Luca Suelzu paints, and to do so he begins by making a choice. He selects different subjects and then he interprets them with his precise and wise pictorial technique.
What is artificial, therefore, is a natural dimension which can be referred to, and the artist helps us capture the secret aspects such as beauty, which above all means respect for “creating something nice and well”, from something big to something small, from a
detail to something more general. Suelzu’s style of painting seems to tie in with a hyper-realistic tendency; the artist starts with a photo, to then reach his final work; even this choice confirms once more the ambiguous power of using photography as an instrument,
which can do anything but document reality; it translates on paper ( today always more digitally ) a world made of complexity and movement, which is undergoing a transformation. The stillness in his style of painting determines an infinite feeling of suspence and his windows of unreality also communicate a great feeling of emptiness, regarding things, existence, the soul. This sense of uncertainty, vaguely nihilistic, along with the artist’s interest in design,which was mentioned earlier, results in artwork that is in the end intentionally ambiguous and disquieting, extravagant and alienating, while at the same time light but dense.
Lorenzo Michelli 2008