Michele Iodice / Molluschi / 2012 Edition
An anomalous, unclassifiable artist, he has to his name a large number of interventions, lay-outs, installations, inventions and decorations. In his own way he is an artist who works in situ: the site fosters transformation – of the place itself and of the artistic project – rather than merely hosting something that created elsewhere.
Even the most summary list of his works cannot fail to feature the exhibition Star di casa, at Palazzo Carafa d’Andria (Napoli), L’arte domani, at Spoleto, Le galanterie, installation from the exhibition of the same name in the Museo della Floridiana (Napoli), Madonna delle Foglie, maquette for a sculpture in the cathedral of Evry (Francia), Giubili e santi d’argento, installation for the exhibition of the same name in the Museo di Capodimonte (Napoli), Cinquecento lauri nobilissimi, an arboreal labyrinth laid out in the atrium of the Museo Archeologico (Napoli), and Pagan Feast, an installation for the Museo Isabella Gardner Stewart (Boston). To these must be added theatre sets, décors for parties, models for furniture in metal and bronze (subsequently manufactured), objects in lead ranging from tablecloths to candelabra. All in all a great inventive profusion and a deliberate blurring of the confines between the major artwork and the small object, between the conceptual which is condensed and the decorative which expands. All this reflects a Renaissance impulse – revisited in modernity – which we can see in the work of Michele Iodice, artist of abundance.