From the artist statement: "The “non-portraits” project combines non-narrative experimental photoseries where the human figure is represented without using the face as the main vector of expressivity. These collaborations with actors or dancers often get their inspiration from performing arts. Therefore, “non-portrait” doesn’t mean that the human figure disappears: what interests me here is rather its interaction with an environment. There is no storyline, and no symbolism as in conventional dance."
I like the creativity in finding an unconventional way to represent emotion. His subjects express using the grungy streets and unusual poses.
Technology is no longer a novelty. It is part of the way we live. It keeps us connected, and at the same time distances us. It is often a replacement for human interaction, and falls short. But without it, there would be no substitute, only absence.
There is a careful balancing act to play in my own life with technology and human interaction. A phone call or a poor quality photo on the computer is not a good substitute for a person in the same room with me. However, technology enables me to get some form of interaction where there would otherwise be nothing, though it may be distorted or incomplete. In my work I try to capture the struggle of interacting with an imcomplete image. While technology is advanced, it still cannot replace realtiy. There will always still be missing information, and an imcomplete image that is not the same as the face I see in person.
Having a long distance relationship means that more often than not, what I see of my Fiance is through a computer screen from a low quality camera in a dark room. I'm experimenting with ways of representing this concept in my work, as well as the emotions that accompany distance from someone you care about.
I love these. They are super dramatic, and always distort the subject in some way. It reminds me of my own work in a way, and they are NOT photoshopped. From his artist Statement:
"The works of Luca Pierro express a micro and macro cosmos, where the figure of the artist, who is also the one who photographs, forcefully enters the scene. The protagonist of the portraits is the same photographer. There are shots in his intent to escape the "already seen "to" already done ". He explores new and unspoiled paths, from the point of origin of man himself, with the use of natural elements such as: flour, land, water, clay and so on. All elements that lead back to "Mother Earth". For the artist is important the traceability of the material used to leave on the surfaces portrayed.
The body becomes the vehicle of expression. The artist undermines the concept of traditional portrait (beautiful) to introduce viewers to new dynamics.
Offers us portraits full of meanings, sometimes with a strong provocation. Some of them put us in touch with the contemporary research in experimental theater. So the artist is able to establish with the viewer an involvement immediate and spontaneous.
"His image, his body, they become expressive material," we see the real "Metamorphosis", with which he conveys his art.
The colors used are essential. The careful study of light evokes her strong spirituality.
Represents a new and exciting proposal, a new study, which began long ago, the ancient land to the tensions raised by modern man, immersed in a in a culture dominated by technology."