Olimpia Zagnoli Turns The Still-Life Into Something Electric and Vibrant

May 25, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles

One of our favorite artists working in array of prints, design, fine art and now, neon, Milan-based artist Olimpia Zagnoli just opened a new solo show, Cuore di Panna, at HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles. As the gallery notes, "Through a series of evocative still lifes, light installations and videos, the artist recalls her childhood memories lived in the era between the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s in a sunny Italian season, dazed from images from TV advertisements of ice cream and sodas."

"Italy was still unaware of the approaching dark years of Berlusconism, in which American magnetism, shaking booties and the cult of money would sabotage the cultural landscape that had characterized the country during the 70s. The artist remembers afternoons spent sitting on plastic chairs outside ice cream parlors, with Heather Parisi playing on the radio and her mother smoking cigarettes while reading Hemingway, blue popsicles and glow-in-dark bracelets. In the years when Barbie Totally Hair was replacing Sophia Loren, summers seemed endless and dashing bicycle races with a Walkman on one’s ears were the best cures for loneliness."

Check out the video above, and make sure to check out Zagnoli's show!