08 Prato Loris Cecchini
Cecchini's entire artistic output is marked by a strong empirical and project-based matrix that prompts him to trespass into the realm of different techniques and to constantly experiment with materials. The starting point for his study consists in a series of photograph assemblages with which, in an ongoing superimposition of imaginary worlds and perspectives, he creates make-believe environments peopled by real personalities and by fantasy architecture.
Destabilising perception and inverting meaning on the basis of visual experience, a practice that he expletes, among other ways, by resorting to common or garden objects which he rebuilds and remodels using such incongruous materials as grey rubber. In the series entitled Stage Evidence (1998-2007), these objects are deprived of their solidity and their shape and structure are changed, thus undermining the viewer's certainties and prompting new viewpoints.
Nor is this exploration confined to the mere object itself. It analyses that object's relationship with a fluid, non-Euclidic space, with a reality that is no longer governed by perspective and that is occasionally beclouded by modular installations.
Works consisting of thousands of elements in polyethylene or steel, fluctuating in space like waves, remain suspended like clouds (Cloudless, 2005-2007), or else they emerge from the environment like natural or mineral concretions (Steelorbitalcocoon 2007-2009).
The result of a meticulous and time-consuming manufacture and assembly process, these installations reveal their complex technical structure and betray the artist's curiosity in artificial objects and manufacturing techniques, in elemental chemistry and physics and in an ongoing osmotic dialogue between nature and artifice, between architectural construction and biomorphic structure.
Born in Milan in 1969, he lives and works in Prato.
He attended the Istituto d'Arte in Siena in the 'eighties, continuing his artistic training at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence from 1989 to 1991.
He completed his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan, from 1991 to 1994.
He has held personal exhibitions in several galleries and museums:
Kunstverein in Heidelberg, Germany, 2001; Fondazione Teseco in Pisa, 2002; Quarter, Florence, 2004; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004, 2006 and 2007; Shanghai Duolun MoMA, China, 2006; PS1 MoMA, New York, USA, 2006; Centro per l'arte contemporanea Lugi Pecci, Prato, 2009.
He has also taken part in the following collective exhibitions and retrospectives: XIII Rome Quadriennale, 1999; Video Virtuale - Foto Fictionale, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, 1999; Taiwan Biennale, Taipei, 2000; 49° Venice Biennale, 2001, Leggerezza, Lenbachhaus Kunstbau Museum, Munich, Germany, 2001; Ouverture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2002; De Gustibus, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, 2002; Orizzonti, Forte Belvedere, Florence, 2003; Object versus design, Musée d'art moderne, St.Etienne Metropole, France, 2004; VI Shanghai Biennale, China, 2006; The Freak Show, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyons, 2007; XV Rome Quadriennale, 2008.
Address: Via Paolini 21/p, Prato

Address: via Paolini 21/p (off via Bologna), Prato
How to get there: by bus from Prato Centrale railway station, LAM red line (for Galceti - S.Lucia) - alight at Bologna 3 stop