Maurizio Anzeri is an Italian-born artist who combines vintage photography with embroidered contemporary designs to create his "Photo Sculptures". This analogue approach to graphic design yeilds some unusual and, oftentimes, eerie results.
Vintage photographs, without a doubt, carry with them something from the past but to Anzeri, his work is not about preserving or celebrating the nostalgia. Far from it, in fact, his geometric patterns and designs add a modern depth and texture which creates a passage for the character to escape from their vintage form. Obscuring part of the photograph, he both hides and heightens certain features of the face. His precise juxtapositions transform the discarded image, giving his portraits a disquieting and psychological presence.
Anzeri was fortunate enough to work with such great minds, such as Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow and was picked up by Charles Saatchi, and exhibited at his gallery in the Newspeak: British Art Now exhibition, which received great coverage and media attention.
Maurizio Anzeri’s current exhibition, In Conversation, is on display now at the Baltic until 2nd October 2011.