GIOVANNI OZZOLA

HAZARD Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in South Africa of internationally acclaimed Italian artist, Giovanni Ozzola.

Dove Nasce Il Vento is the artist’s first solo exhibit in South Africa and includes photographic stills including a new work from his world toured video work * Garage – Sometimes You can See Much More, and a series of new sculptures inspired by the vastness of nature and the idea of exploration, all made during his recent residency at the Nirox Foundation at the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg.

Giovanni’s work encompasses sculpture, photography, video, and examines the individual’s place within the magnitude of the universe and the concept of infinity. In a large-scale photographic still entitled Garage – Johannesburg, Giovanni explores the relationships between images as a mental representation and reality. Contrasting a pure and untouched image of the Johannesburg horizon with an industrial foreground, he uses light as a tool to guide his vision.

Giovanni has explored the concept of light in its infinite possibilities. His new work focuses on the use of different mediums such as copper, gold, aluminum, bronze and gem stones. Through these pure materials and organic imagery the artist underlines the importance in the idea of discovery, whether physical or through self-exploration.

Golden paths carved into aluminium, retrace and intertwine the journeys of past explorers, to create two wall sculptures entitled The Paths to Ourselves-series, the artist refers to these as a ‘physical human geography.’ The notion of travel and exploration is equally perceived through two ancient large-scale brass propellers belonging to watercrafts caught in seaquakes and shipwrecks and carved with philosophical, scientific and religious treatises. These representations of motion and continuity are exhibited, as wall sculptures and symbolize – moving towards the unknown and exploring something new and unchartered “like when you face your own fears and discover a deeper understanding of yourself.”

Giovanni Ozzola (b. Florence, 1982) works and lives in Tenerife. Following a career in photography, Giovanni began an artistic path in 2001, where he participated in the exhibition Happiness a Survival Guide For Art And Life, curated by David Elliot and Pier Luigi Tazzi, at the Mori Art Museum Of Tokyo. His work was shown alongside with Hiroshi Sugimoto, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami, among others. This exhibition propelled him into his artistic career and since then his attention has been focused on light as a medium with a focus for the three dimensional space. Giovanni has exhibited internationally and his work is held in numerous collections including Louis Vuitton Foundation, Palais de Tokyo, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Museum Franz Gertsch, Museo Pecci, VAF Foundation and the AGI Verona Collection.

Among his awards are the ‘Premio Terna’ (2008), the ‘Talent Prize’ (2010) and the ‘Premio Cairo’ (2011).