Carlo Zanni
Since the beginning
Works in Mars Sierra Leone

Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1975. Since the early 2000's his practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social consciousness experiences investigating our life. He lives far from the worldliness of the art world while showing and screening his projects in venues worldwide including: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; ACAF Space, Alexandria; PERFORMA 09, NY; ICA, London; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Science Museum, London.
He founded "People From Mars" to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
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New York, Federico Solmi presents

New York, NY, February 7, 2005

A sensational and satirical examination of heroism, celebrity-worship, and mortal demise, Federico Solmi presents "Rocco Never Dies," a four-minute large-scale drawing animation with related paintings and drawings at Gallery Boreas in Williamsburg. This is the artist's first solo show in New York.

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The animation presents a fanciful story, depicting the sudden death of a super celebrity porn star at a moment of career climax. The artist is a fan of the real life Rocco Sifreddi, who has played good-secret-agent characters in feature-length pornographic films with saving-the-world plots. From that inspiration, Mr. Solmi has placed himself and his wife, Jennifer Bouck in starring animated roles.

Cranking out his latest hit while strapped to a fucking machine, the larger than life Rocco suffers a heart attack. The ambulance rushes him to the hospital through the streets of New York. Attempts at the hospital to revive him are in vain. Rocco's pop status accords him a state funeral, his flag-draped coffin horse-drawn to the cathedral steps, solemnly observed by tearful throngs.

The urban setting of the fictitious Rocco Never Dies, a crumbling world ever attempting regeneration, is consistent with earlier installation and canvas works of this Brooklyn-based, Italian-born artist. Solmi levels criticism at the unquestioning approval, veneration, and trust of the "fragile foundations" on which contemporary culture is based.

Concurrent with the exhibit at Gallery Boreas, several of the ten editions of "Rocco Never Dies" and other canvas works are being presented at Fabioparis Art Gallery in Brescia, Italy.
Gallery Boreas will also present the animation at the DIVA Art Fair in New York, March 11-13.

Collaborating with Mr. Solmi in the 3D digital design and audio production of the animation was Russell Lowe, Professor of Digital Design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.


Time In

Time In"

"Time In" is the first collaboration between artist Carlo Zanni and artist Yucef Merhi.

"Time In" is currently on view (in a recorded version) at Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, in a show organized by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton.

To create this project, Zanni and Merhi hacked into the "Time Out New York Magazine" Online Queries Database (the one that stores all the queries entered by visitors) and shaped an ideal dynamic city to visualize the information.

A live performance has been held during the opening.

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25 Feb - Culturecounter - Gavin Brownas Enterprise at Passerby

Fri Feb 25, 2005 00:00 - Wed Feb 23, 2005

Opening Friday February 25, 6-8 pm

February 25 - March 26, 2005
Wed-Sat 12-6 pm

Chris Caccamise
Dorota Kolodziejczyk
Jason Meadows
Carlo Zanni + Yucef Merhi

Organized by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby
436 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 206 7321


Chris Caccamise, Dorota Kolodziejczyk, Jason Meadows, Carlo Zanni + Yucef Merhi

"Popularity breeds contempt." - Quentin Crisp

"Culturecounter" brings together five artists whose work reflects a collusion and embrace of popular culture. Celebrity, consumerism and prevalent taste emerge as subject and material in the sculpture, painting, collage and new media artwork on display.

Carlo Zanni and Yucef Merhi hacked into the online database of a New York entertainment magazine and created an ideal dynamic city to visualize information in constant flux. Live queries shift the scale of skyscrapers every 5 minutes while CNN news links and meteorology websites provide an apocalyptic atmosphere. Their contemporary networked landscape operates as a visual diagram and social metaphor of a public sculpture, as any urban center is.

Wrapped in candy colors, the paper and enamel text sculptures of Chris Caccamise comment on the commodification of longing and desire in popular culture. Although the structuring ground for several sculptures features idyllic mountain vistas and jubilant rainbows, the text messages, which often come from Top 40 pop songs, render the view artificial and bittersweet. His newest piece "I like things pretty much the way they are" beckons to the complacency of the current moment.

Dorota Kolodziejczyk engages the drip and stain of abstract painting's legacy through controlled negotiation of color and space. Hand brushwork augments multiple layers of poured paint and give rise to horizontal swathes of color that bracket and amplify the action on the canvas. Though titles ("Izod", "Living Large") often originate in popular culture, they transcend their origin and instead refer to compositional qualities.

In a typical work by Jason Meadows, the construction of an object is as exposed as the source material used to build it. Nuts, bolts, magazines and MDF, along with the occasional celebrity riff, reverberate the accessibility of our off-the-shelf consumer culture. The artist favors "subjects of common origin... to privilege to common". Brad Pitt, Jimmy Carter, Spiderman and an Internet porn star have materialized as subject matter in recent collage and sculptural works.

February 25 - March 26, 2005
Wed-Sat 12-6 pm

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby
436 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 206 7321


Winter News

Hello all,
some Winter news.

-The Chelsea Museum's show is gone, thanks to those who came, some photos a=
re online

-Artissima Art Fair opens in Turin, I'll be there with five paintings at t=
he Analix Forever booth. Please come and say hello.

-Carlo Giordano is having a speech at the Bologna University.
He will talk also about eBay Landscape and other works.
Check it out if you are in town.
Semiotica del Testo, Dipartimento di Comunicazione dell'Universita di Bol=
ogna, Via
Azzo Gardino, 23 40122 Bologna - 5 novembre ore 15-17 Aula A.

-Then, the same day (Nov 5th), but in Rome, I'm showing eBay Landscape ins=
talled in a little white temple in occasion of IV edizione di
INTERFACCE FORUM "ARTI DIGITALI" - L'elaborazione di nuovi linguaggi arti=
stici attraverso la tecnologia - organized by Silvia Siciliano.
There is a panel from morning to evening, participants among others are: Va=
lentina Tanni, Florian Cramer, Valentina Valentini.
5 novembre 2004, ore 11.00-19.00 - Ex Aula Magna "Pietro Gismondi" - Facolt=
a di Scienze M.F.N. (edifici SOGENE)
Universita di Roma Tor Vergata - Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1 - Roma

-Coming Next: Rhizome at The New Museum Commission, Average Shoveler, the V=
ideogame.. out at the end of November.
info and regular updates:

thanks for your passion,


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