Asterismo – Ex Elettrofonica

On Thursday 28 May 2015 at 6:30pm, the exhibition Asterismo of Flavio de Marco will open at Ex Elettrofonica in Rome. This personal show is the second edition of Ex Elettrofonica’a survey of contemporary Italian painting, started in 2014.

The exhibition traces an ideal itinerary through the most touristic destinations of Rome (the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, etc.), giving rise to a constellation where places align to represent a space superimposed on the real space of the city. The path from one point to another in this space becomes a chance to reflect on a pre-packaged visual experience: the simplified and unidirectional mappings and of mass tourism.

The works on display belong to the same creative process, but to two different moments of execution. The first corpus of paintings is from 2008 (when the artist was living in Rome), while the second was created specifically for this exhibition. The same distinction can be made for the works on paper; despite his practice of working on top of old maps or printed scenes, he hasn’t had breaks in production.

Specifically, the works stem from pre-existing representations: typographic prints and oil paintings purchased from the stalls in Rome’s centre. The artist intervened on these images, using them as backdrops of a screen. The resulting image is a new view where the original one, partially visible or erased, emerges as iconographic memory.

Flavio de Marco was born in Lecce in 1975. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna. He lives and works in Berlin. Some of his latest personal shows include The National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Fankendael Foundation di Amsterdam, the Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia, the Modern Art Gallery in Bologna, the PAC in Ferrara, the Estorick Collection of Modern Art and the Italian Institute of Culture in London.

Paesaggio (ready-made), acrylic on oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm. 2008.


Paesaggio (ready-made), acrylic on oil on canvas, 70 x 40 cm, 2008.


Ex Elettrofonica – Alley Sant’Onofrio 10-11, Rome
28 May –  25 September 2015