Mimmo Rotella

Mythologies, 1966
Photo emulsion on canvas
95 x 91 cm
37 3/8 x 35 7/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: “Rotella/66”
Signed on the centre left on verso: “Rotella”

€ 220,000.00


Mythologies, 1966 is an example of the use of photographic reproduction on canvas within Mimmo Rotella’s practice, a technique which he begun working with in 1963 in a quest for mechanical painting and that can be considered a natural progression – or rather, reversal, of his creative, layering processes of décollage. He still uses advertising posters and proofs in these works, which become even more objective in forming the artist’s iconography of the present. The procedure, which he calls reportage, involves choosing images, photographing them, projecting the blown-up negatives onto a canvas chemically treated with photographic emulsion to fix the image and when required, colouring. Reportage doesn’t just refer to the technique – namely, the multi-stage transferral of images from one medium to another – it comments on the content of the works, bringing to the fore the artist’s interest in exploring communication and media.

Mythologies, 1966 presents a collage of various imagery. The image source(s) of the photo emulsion, coloured in a sepia tone, is fragmented into pieces evocative of shattered glass. They reveal photographs of a kissing couple, a body builder, a seemingly art historical reference, the portion of a female smile, and centred in the middle, the portrait of a woman.