internet is a vast, unknowable place. The parts you and I interact with
on a daily basis are a very small sliver of what’s actually floating
around out there. The web can go deep, and it can get dark.
In the deep corners of the internet, a video game exists. It’s called “Sad Satan,” and it’s a horror game unlike any other I’ve come across. Sad Satan
cannot be bought at GameStop, nor can it be downloaded digitally via
traditional storefronts like Steam. It can only be downloaded via the
tools that can access the hidden depths of the internet, like Tor.
The work of Italian contemporary artist Livio Scarpella
turns good and evil into delicacy. This group of sculptures, named
“Ghosts Underground”, depicts lost souls anguishing beneath the effect
of a thin veil. Scarpella’s interest in this subject was inspired by a
trip to the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, home to Antonio Corradini’s
“Veiled Christ”. Before that time, he mostly exhibited paintings for a
decade. By mixing influences of Rococo sculptors like Corradini with
modern iconography, Scarpella explores a struggle with religious faith.
He couples his “blessed” and “damned” figures with light and dark
colored mineral rocks, like amethyst and quartz, inside the chest. They
are hardened hearts that embody the ghost hidden within. Reminiscent of
Michelangelo’s The Prisoners, these gentle busts unveil the ghost
within. Scarpella takes this idea to a new level in his recent work. His
exhibit “Fuori dal Tempo” (“Out of Time”) now showing at Gallery
Gomiero in Italy, looks at the theme of sin without repentance.
Undeniably, Scarpella pursues a morbid imagination dominated by smug
virtue and natural beauty.