Maurizio Mochetti (1940, Rome) lives and works in Rome.

Since the mid '60s Maurizio Mochetti has often used technological means to define space in surprising ways. Although he has resisted all attempts to identify his work with arte povera or Pop, Mochetti has exhibited objects including a reproduction of the conical point of Lockheed's F-104 Star fighter and an image of the Nazis' Natter rocket. His intention in these works, however, was not to engage in a critique, but rather to set up paradoxical situations. Similarly, during the '70s, when he launched a rocket that self-destructed after ascending for two kilometers, or constructed a sphere that had to be preserved at a tem-preserved at a temperature below freezing, he was addressing the relationship between the content of the work and the object itself, between the artwork's immateriality and materiality. He’s an artist who had his first solo show in 1968, resembled an adolescent's playroom. One installation--Pinguini (Penguins), 1987/2005--included a group of models of Nazi rockets with multicolored paint jobs, apparently ready to blast off vertically. Nearby, in Baka con punti laser (Baka with Laser Points), 1976/2005, a red laser beam cut across the length of a model of a Japanese missile. Another room contained Gee Bee, 1983/2004, a model of an American fighter plane from the '30s, equipped with a motor, turned on at chance intervals, which would have allowed the model to fly were it not held to the floor by cables. There was one more model--Bluebird CN7, 1996/2002--this one of a record-breaking race car, immobile piene e laser (Full Forms and Laser), 1987/2005, consisted of an irregular red abstract shape, low and flat on the floor, around the outer perimeter of which a laser point, also red, raced at varying speeds.


artista: Maurizio Mochetti


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