30 april - 24 may, 2008 EXTENDED TO 31 MAY
Vito Manfredi’s fragmented body parts are massaged and melded into bizarre organic forms. Rendered in soft pastel colours (watercolour pencils) the viewer is seduced by the delicate nature of each image, only to be confronted, on closer inspection, with scrotal stubble and dripping teats.
Manfredi’s bizarre and bulbous body reformations offer a glimpse of what might happen when the human body is passed through a cartoon grinder. His images are disturbing, yet strangely familiar to those raised on a diet of Disney, Warner Bros and Dr. Suess. Manfredi’s creatures seem innocent and playful, yet eroticized, offering the viewer a challenging view of a potent new world.
Vito Manfredi is a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for many years. He has been shortlisted for the 2008 Mornington Peninsula Works on Paper Prize. Delirium will be his second solo exhibition at Jenny Port Gallery.