Benedetto (or Benny) Chirco short circuits images. Themes
and references from contemporary popular culture are prevalent
throughout his work and there is clear influence that he is very
much a child of the 80s - MTV, Aby Warburg and Gus van Sant mingle
alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Winkelmann, with short asides to
long-standing artists such as Gilbert & George.
His work, though, is no pop culture mesh of entangled style; Chirco is in the process of developing his own aesthetic within these references and made purely for the 21st century - be it in his drawings, paintings, documentaries or video installations. There is an inherent Americana that pervades his work, told through a distinctly international voice - born in Marsala, Italy, he has made London his adoptive home.
London's newest space for the investigation of the space between art and language today hosts Benedetto Chirco: Documentary | Video Installation. Q Forum is a space devoted to the art and culture of the book. Housing an exhibition space, a bookshop, an editions gallery and the Q Reading Room, the venue challenges and engages people to interact with the nature of future of reading - in all its forms.
This will be a brave night to put on for such a venue, but no doubt that any fears will be quickly alleviated. Both Chirco and Q Forum are looking at a very bright future.
Benedetto Chirco is at Q Forum, 12 January 2011 from 1830.