Lorenzo Mattotti

Publisher: #logosedizioni
Product Code: 9788857605883
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overnever reality... overnever the world... overnever us...

I did this series of drawings after finishing my work on Hänsel & Gretel. The two protagonists of the fairytale had escaped from the wood, leaving the stage to other inhabitants of that archetypal forest. I began to create narrative images evoked in the moment of their making, working directly with brush and ink on the paper, without any sketches or preliminaries. Paradoxically, the extent of the creative freedom I allowed myself obliged me to intensify my concentration on the drawing’s subject and composition. Everything had to be contained, to take place, on that single sheet. I get the feeling that in these situations my mind focuses on listening to distant narrative echoes of stories, symbols and images glimpsed in other periods of my life. It digs down into my memory and trawls up images that have remained engraved in my personal image gallery, creating strange associations, mingling myths, characters and places. Little by little, a fairytale universe devoid of precise references to pre-existing stories began to take shape: a highly personal image narrative, where light and darkness play leading roles.
Lorenzo Mattotti

OLTREMAI tells the story of storytelling, not with words but through figures, as they emerge from unplanned drawings trawled up from the unconscious. The figuration emerges from a forest, a tangled mass of black ink and light (where the paper has been spared the invasion of ink). White signs and black signs, entwining and grappling with one another, conjure up figures. In these improvised stories in black and white, no recognizable filter limits the artist. They don’t express texts, but terrible and innocent stories, like those of dreams: not all of them can be clarified, or memorized or dominated. Truer than truth, in other words, because they express the artist’s most elusive imagination, so deeply his that they render any observer equally free to feel and vibrate, and to imagine images against his or her own dim background of mystery.
Luigi Ficacci

This work by Lorenzo Mattotti was at the centre of the OLTREMAI exhibition, that was on display at the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna from 22nd February to 7th April 2013, a period when the city is at its liveliest thanks to the The BilBolBul International Comics Festival – which hosted the exhibition among its many events – and the Bologna Children’s Bookfair, two events that surely make Bologna stand out in the world of illustration, comics and art.

Lorenzo Mattotti lives and works in Paris. After his studies in architecture, he started off in the late 1970s as a comic strip artist and in the early 1980s created the Valvoline collective together with other artists. In 1984 he published Fires, which was welcomed as a great event in the world of comics and won several important international prizes. From Incidenti to Stigmate, from Signor Spartaco to Doctor Nefasto, L'uomo alla finestra and several other titles, Mattotti’s work has evolved consistently and, at the same time, with the eclecticism of an artist who is always in search for new territories to explore. Today his books are translated all over the world and his illustrations are published in newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Le Monde, Das Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le nouvel Observateur, Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica. Mattotti re-interpreted the creations of the most important fashion designers for the magazine Vanity, and in 2010 designed all the covers for the architectural monthly magazine Domus. He has illustrated several children’s books, such as Pinocchio by Collodi and Eugenio, that won the Grand Prix of Bratislava in 1993, one of the most important awards in the field of children’s publishing. Mattotti’s works were featured in many solo exhibitions, such as the anthological expositions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and, more recently, at the Musei di Porta Romana in Milan. Mattotti has created posters, covers and advertising campaigns: he designed the posters for the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 and for the Estate Romana. Among his most recent publications: Jekyll & Hyde (NBM Publishing, 2003) and The Crackle of the Frost (Fantagraphics, 2003) and, at the same time, I manifesti di Mattotti (2002) and Angkor (2003) for Nuages; in 2008, Appunti sul paesaggio for Tricromia and Le avventure di Pinocchio in the Einaudi series “I Millenni”; in 2009 Hänsel e Gretel for Orecchio acerbo/Gallimard, whose amazing illustrations complete Neil Gaiman’s texts in the English edition. In 2010, a collaboration with Lou Reed gave birth to The Raven (Fantagraphics Books, 2012). In 2004, he created the segments between the three episodes of Eros, a film by Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. In 2007 he made one of the six episodes of the collective animated film Peur(s) du noir. In 2011, he worked at the animated sequences of the movie by Charles Nemes, Il Etait une fois... peut-être pas and, in 2012, he created backgrounds and characters for Pinocchio, an animated film by Enzo D’Alò. In 2012, #logosedizioni launched the series “Works”, a systematic publication of his illustrations: the first volume deals with pastels and second one is a tribute to the fashion world. In 2013, #logosedizioni released also the visionary work Oltremai, which was exhibited at the Pinacoteca di Bologna. In 2014 he created Vietnam, for the “Travel Book” series by Louis Vuitton. In 2017, Mattotti collaborated again with Jerry Kramsky, creating the new graphic novel Ghirlanda (#logosedizioni), an epic story that carries the reader into a magical journey. Ghirlanda won the Gran Guinigi Award at Lucca Comics & Games in 2017. His personal exhibitions are numerous, including the retrospective at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Porta Romana Museums in Milan, and the most recent, the Sconfini retrospective (2016-2017) and Covers for The New Yorker (2018), for which #logosedizioni has curated the catalogs. In 2018, #logosedizioni has inaugurated a new series that brings the artistic evolution of the cartoonist Mattotti back in a new guise, starting with L’uomo alla finestra and Stigmate. Recently, Lorenzo Mattotti has directed the French-Italian animated film La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily). The film, based on Buzzati’s omonymous book, was released in October 2019 and was selected to be screened in the “Un Certain Regard section” at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Mattotti’s universe by now seamlessly ranges over comics, painting, illustration and film animation.
His books for #logosedizioni are: La stanza, Mattotti Works 1, Oltremai, Stanze, Venezia - limited edition, Venezia - Scavando nell’acqua, Mattotti Works 2 - Moda/Fashion, Nell’acqua, Oltremai - trade edition, Sconfini, Ghirlanda, Blind ,Covers for the New Yorker, L'uomo alla finestra, Stigmate,CabotoLettere da un tempo lontano and La Zona Fatua

Book Info
Author Lorenzo Mattotti
Publication date 2013
Cover Hardcover in box
Dimensions cm 32,0 x 42,0
Pages 128
Language/s italian, english, french
Weight 4.8 kg
Title Publication Date
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Tra chimere e demoni, il cuore di tenebra di Mattotti LA DOMENICA DE LA REPUBBLICA PDF 30-11--0001
Mattotti di tutti i colori DOMENICA DE IL SOLE24ORE PDF 27-01-2013
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OLTREMAI di Lorenzo Mattott ARTE.IT www 18-02-2013
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Nella foresta incantata di Lorenzo Mattotti IL VENERDì PDF 21-02-2013
Bologna di nuovo capitale internazionale del fumetto CORRIERENAZIONALE.IT www 21-02-2013
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Lorenzo Mattotti IL GIORNALE DI BRESCIA PDF 27-02-2013
Dreams are my reality VOGUE PDF 01-03-2013
IL MUCCHIO PDF 01-03-2013
Onirico IO DONNA PDF 09-03-2013
Le illustrazioni di Lorenzo Mattotti: un ARTSBLOG.IT www 16-03-2013
Preferisco essere un principe SLOWCOMIX www 20-03-2013
Lorenzo Mattotti ESPOARTE PDF 01-04-2013
Fumetti da Parigi a N.Y. AMERICA OGGI PDF 01-04-2013
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