Considering yourself as an artist is for sure ambitious and challenging. Pretentious, and hard to demonstrate, at the end of the day. But it is not hard at all for Massimo Giacon to state and demonstrate it, quite obviously: comics, illustration, fine art, design, music are just some of his fields. Active from the 80’s, he’s been, and he is, one of the key figures in the Italian artistic underground panorama.
With his contributions to Frigidaire, Alter, Linus, Dolce Vita, Cyborg, Nova Express he’s been part of the new generation of comic book illustrators that renewed the scene in Italy from 1980.
If you’re fond of Italian comics and attracted to this culture, these names should tickle your fantasies. Such as Sottsass, Mendini, Alessi, Artemide, Swatch, Memphis, Olivetti should if you’re fond of design, as Massimo Giacon has been working with these brands as well.
Comics seems to be Giacon’s never ending love: he’s still publishing comic books, working on new projects, and regularly publishing his stripes on XL, the Italian leading magazine on comics, videogames, music, young culture, art and much more.
If it’s not enough (maybe it’s the case to redefine your standards, then?), he enlivens the gigs of his band Massimo Giacon & The Blass with surreal disguises, as the ultimate step of the musical path he’s undertaken in the last 30 years, along with art shows and independent projects.
That’s why if you’re in Milan from June 6th to July 26th you shouldn’t miss his exhibition at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Milan: “C’è quel che c’è e di quel che c’è non manca nulla. Works: 1983-2003”
Colourful, sometimes sex centred, argumentative, ironic, Giacon’s work keeps the audience’s attention at the highest pitch in all the polyhedric manifestations of his art. His work has been exhaustively analysed in the show’s catalogue with the text by Gianluca Marziani, but sometimes the images speak by themselves. Enjoy!