In Zucco’s most recent body of work, metal surfaces transition from tarnished to polished, flowing over structurally rigorous, symbolic drawing and composition. Sweeping gestural inserts, striated by finely detailed plumes, are inspired by the kaleidoscopic patterns found in petrified wood.
Where lush, prehistoric forests used to be, thickets of splintered matter reveal a psychedelically colorful core. Inside, millions of years accumulate in dense, layered abstraction. Roughly treated surfaces suggest aggressiveness and violence, contrasting with the subtle lines and delicate structures defining Zucco’s unique vocabulary of archetypical shapes and symbols.
Mining collective subconscious cosmologies, Zucco’s use of industrial materials connect the impossibly remote moods of crystallized prehistoric time to the historically tangible decay of urban ruins. His works foreground autonomous, never ending processes of creative destruction, energy flows permeating life in a timeless continuity, transcending the historical forms of human expression; from the petrified forest to the Acropolis.
Davide Zucco (Belluno, Italy) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain; Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy; and Mogadishni, Aarhus, Denmark. Zucco’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at Scaramouche, New York; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; ARCOS, Benevento, Italy; State Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria; Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico; Jaus, Los Angeles; and Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. He is the recipient of residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space, New York; ISCP, New York; Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy.