It’s all about Love. Performed by Pier Giorgio De Pinto with Franko B., video and photo set. (2008)
Pier Giorgio De Pinto involves his audience in his urge to represent and communicate the universe of sentiments, in his humble, modest desire to have a house drawn on his naked body, a house that safeguards and protects a great heart, in which the extremes of the really-experienced bring us back to a certain extent to the study that the artist has been conducting – and still does so – into the epic tale of Dionysius and Apollo, key sacred and sacrilegious figures with a ‘contemporary’ relevance in their blend between good and evil, towards the existence of desecrating and irreverent sentiment, towards a fundamental catharsis that is life against death and against the nemesis.
Nearly all shot in slow motion, the video also has an exceptional soundtrack: Our foolish hands (2008), a song written and performed by Roderick Arbre, leader of the English band The InvisAbles (The Spectral Mirror).
De Pinto has been working on the theme of identities and gender for years, re-elaborating and at the same time further developing on the heritage left to us by the original Body Art and by the avant-garde movements related to Performance and to Anglo-Saxon Action Painting, in particular the one based in Vienna. The influences exerted by Punk and Queer Punk are also far from negligible. Expounding on It’s all about Love, this is what its author himself has to say: […] The montage is reminiscent of an old film of the kind used in projectors in the seventies. Everything is pervaded by a simplicity and by a family atmosphere that I set out to convey and I think I succeeded in what I wanted to achieve. I have been working for some time now with this sort of “society of sentiment”, which is moving man towards his heart, towards his feelings, or sentiment, even though it has the semblance of an aggravated return, weighed down by all the scars that post-technological man bears on and inside himself. Text by Mario Casanova_2009