From a dowdy California quail to an incendiary horned lizard, Alessandro Gallo’s peculiar menagerie of animal-human hybrids is teeming with persona. The colourful characters replicate the breadth of interactions occurring day by day all through public areas as of us encounter others in contrast to themselves, like a parakeet contorted right into a yoga pose or a suit-wearing hooded merganser.
Based mostly in Helena, Montana, the Italian artist likens the animalistic options to a masks or caricature. “I mix it with the silent language of our physique and the cultural codes of what we put on with a view to painting not solely a particular particular person, but in addition the bigger teams and subcultures they belong to and, in the end, the widespread habitat all of us share,” he says.
Usually spanning one to 2 ft tall, the anthropomorphic sculptures are modeled after a meticulously rendered reference picture full with distinct selections on posture, clothes, and facial features. Gallo creates an armature from plumber’s piping earlier than hand-building the clay figures. As they dry, he carves in minute particulars and provides colour with acrylic paints.
Gallo’s creatures are included in Intersect Chicago 2020, which runs by December 5. Based mostly in Helena, he’s at present an Archie Bray Foundation resident, and you’ll find particulars about his course of and works-in-progress on Instagram.
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