Guns and Roses, London
Italian-born artist Guido Mocafico has long captivated with his painstaking photographs, and this month, the Wallpaper* contributor continues in kind, with an exhibition of new work at West London’s Hamiltons Gallery.
Entitled ‘Guns & Roses’, Mocafico has left little to the imagination for his latest showing. Featuring a series of large-format, high-colour chromogenic prints of guns (produced between 2006 and 2008) and a series of bouquets shot last year, the two collections – despite the overt juxtaposition – work in disconcerting counterpoint.
Fascinated by the technical mastery of man-made objects, Mocafico shot ‘Guns’ with a view to highlight the visceral functionality of the object. Bringing to mind his ‘Movement’ series of 2006 – which featured a selection of close-up wristwatch movements – Mocafico claims that ‘each gun takes on a life of its own, here I find poetry meeting technology.’
Similarly, Mocafico’s ‘Roses’ - shot from above and inspired by Renoir’s ’Bouquet dans une Loge’ - capture the man-made order of a meticulously organized, giant bouquet - blood red and bristling with below-the-surface energy. A powerful effect in the face of Mocafico’s outsized firearms.
On show until the end of February at Hamiltons, Mocafico’s ‘Guns and Roses’ has a short shelf life, so don’t delay.
We caught up with Guido Mocafico on his flying visit to London this week. Click here to read our interview with the man himself.