Roses 1, all images: © Guido Mocafico, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery
The Guns series by Mocafico dates from 2006-08, and shows the sleek design of the weapons, which are displayed against a stark black background. “I do not like violence, but cannot deny that these machines are realy and a part of life, they are symbolic – particularly during this time of war,” says Mocafico. “Each gun takes on a life of its own; here I find poetry meeting technology.”
44 Magnum S & W
AK 47 Cornando
Roses is a more recent series, created in 2009. Mocafico was apparently inspired to create these works, which are shot from above, after seeing Renoir’s painting Bouquet dans une Loge at the Musée d l’Orangerie in Paris. “This work has a dark edge – the roses are red and bloody, they conjour passion, mystery and verge on the scary,” he says.
The exhibition will continue at Hamiltons Gallery until February 20 – more info is here.