Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Metaphors Intertwined into Art
'Nasty Neighbour', 2013, Mauro Bonacina
I think Mauro Bonacina must keep a dream catcher in his bedroom, because the artwork he creates is so metaphorical and full of imagery that it is only something that can be dreamt up. Every morning I think Bonacina wakes up, removes his dream catcher from above the bed, and starts untangling all the wacky ideas that his unconscious conjured up during the night. How else could he have come up with the idea of Lost in Space? The sculpture is made up of hundreds of deflated balloons, which looks like it could be a deconstruction of Jeff Koons's Celebration Series.
This, and other works, are available to see at the Edel Assanti gallery on Vauxhall Bridge Road until the 17th August. Bonacina's latest exhibition is called Yoghurt Weaver, a term that refers to the undertaking of pointless tasks. What exactly could be more pointless than blowing up hundreds of balloons only for them to deflate hours later? It is something we all do though. We blow up balloons for celebrations, (just like Jeff Koon's Balloon Dog) despite knowing that they will not last.
Other unusual pieces in the exhibit include Nuts, two painted walnuts hanging from gold chains, as if they were the pendulum of a clock; House of Pain, a bird cage stuffed with stress toys; and my personal favourite, Nasty Neighbour, footballs locked up in a metal cabinet. This is an installation everyone can understand. We are all familiar with the child next door who kicks his football into our back garden one too many times - at one point we probably were that kid.
Bonacina's work is humorous, antagonistic, and abstract. He takes everyday objects and uses them to make historical, social, personal references about the world.