Ritual, memory and metamorphosis animate Luigi Ontani’s art. Since the 1970s when he carve a path distinct from his arte povera contemporaries, Ontani has used masks and performance to craft paintings, ceramics and tableaux vivants that demonstrate an obsessive curiosity with the artist as subject.
His work’s cultural breadth joins eastern and western symbols, icons, and myths in site-specific performances and installations. Last year’s success was a processional piece AuroboruSerpentine performed at London’s prestigious Serpentine gallery. Tonight, Ontani will be leading a new collaborative parade piece, ArmenHammerAmeno to mark the opening of the exhibit “When in Rome” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.