Worldly-wise characters meet “monsters” of the vertical city, the sometimes odd colour combinations of Lindsay-Hogg are shown against the black and white of Della Sciucca in this provocative and original exhibition.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg could be called the father of Rock’n’Roll videos working from the mid-60s onwards with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones (for 15 years), and The Who. He directed the documentary,‘Let It Be’ with The Beatles and ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus‘. Lindsay-Hogg has received 5BAFTA nominations and one win, for ‘Brideshead Revisited’. He directed ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway’ and ‘Agnes of God’ on Broadway and the original production of Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart‘ at The Public Theatre in New York. ‘The Object of Beauty’, which he wrote and directed, won Best Director and Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival. His memoir, ‘Luck and Circumstance’is available at John Sandoe in Chelsea and on Amazon. Lindsay-Hogg has been drawing all his life and painting for 20 years. He invents faces or characters, juxtaposing seemingly mismatched people in unresolved situations. In the past 3 years, he has had three solo shows in Los Angeles, one in Hudson, NY, and in Austin, Texas.
Glauco Della Sciucca, acclaimed international illustrator and designer, is also a writer and professional journalist, who has published his drawings, sketches and oversize illustrations in Rome, New York, Lugano, Shangai and Milan. He recently designed a new Swatch – “The Black and White Special“, a watch presented in China and available worldwide, and HarvArt”, a Luxury Bag byMyStyleBags presented in Swiss. After his first debut for the The New Yorker magazine in 2004 (with a work about the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) he designed illustrations and covers for Linus – the historical Monthly Magazine of “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. He also designed illustrations for The Brooklyn Rail, L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Columbia Journalism Review (published by the Columbia University in New York City), and for The New York Review of Books (the edition published by Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso). He’s the author of the book of tales and illustrations “Central Park West Stories” (published in Milan by Baldini Castoldi Dalai) and conducts workshops for Scuola Holden in Turin.
“State of Minds” is an exhibition suspended in time, and could be as much described as ‘old-fashioned’ as it could ‘Post-Modern’. When painting ends, illustration begins, with the colours of Lindsay-Hogg’s works on paper and canvas shown against the black and white of Della Sciucca’s drawings and illustrations. The sometimes anxious characters painted by Lindsay-Hogg contrast to the meta-controversial celebration of the myth of the vertical city with its daily monsters portrayed by Della Sciucca. A director, author, and painter born in New York in the 1940’s and an illustrator, journalist and writer born in Italy in the 1970’s. They seem worlds apart, and yet are united here, by the same ambition, towards a Cultural recherché that travels from humanism to art, psychology, and satire in STATE OF MINDS.