“I'm Just Taking a Nap” invites us into a surreal domestic scene where the iconic Homer Simpson reclines on a couch, seemingly in the midst of a peaceful nap. However, the artwork hanging above him on the wall is anything but ordinary—the renowned "Venus" by Botticelli graces the room with its presence, creating an intriguing juxtaposition of high art and popular culture. As if that weren't whimsical enough, the room also hosts a lively dancing clown, two endearing minions, and a stately ostrich, all contributing to the dreamlike ambiance. The addition of Warhol's "Marilyn," among other artworks, adds further layers of artistic richness to this imaginative composition. "I'm Just Taking a Nap" playfully explores the boundaries of reality and fantasy within the confines of a seemingly ordinary living space.
Originally from a small town in the south of Italy Angelo Accardi moved to Napoli to study fine arts at the Art Academy of Naples. Shortly after, in the early 90s, he set up his personal studio close to his childhood home to embark on his pursuit of painting and sculpture. In the course of his artistic development, Accardi has been on a constant search for new sensations using mixed media to depict figures against differing social backgrounds.
Accardi’s debut on the art scene was strongly characterized by what in Italian art is referred to as “figura,” a representation of the human body, as well as by pictorial and symbolic art. His focus is on the study of humankind and the space we inhabit. Accardi draws from this focus in every one of his collections as he illustrates surreal visions of everyday life under realistic backdrops of urban landscapes.
The cycle of works called Human Collection depicted on an attenuated atmosphere, suggesting the softness of cotton wool – where the figures are masterfully veiled as if by a sheath of moistness – marks a fundamental passage in his artistic development. Ironic and surrealistic, Accardi’s unique perspective and Avant-Garde style has exhibited at galleries as well as several solo and group exhibitions worldwide.
In the last three decades, Accardis’ artistic path led him to contemplate social representations through collections like Misplaced, Human Collection, and Blend. These collections reveal the contradictions in every day, working with commonplace objects and backdrops making the created scene more relatable. Using humor, symbolism, and tributes to famed artists before him Accardi represents culture, history, and even a prediction of the future.
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