Biography Paolo Mezzadri: born in 1966, in Cremona. In 2010, after a long working experience in the family business, he decided to take a different, more creative road and opened MyLab Design first, and then Metallifilati. As the name suggests, the dream was to create, experience, and share emotions starting from the simplicity of the […]
I started using iron for work, not for passion. Passion grew with time. I found it when iron was still a workpiece for me. A number, a large container with a code, a plate, and sometimes a painting cycle. I was often taken aback looking at all those pieces that looked exactly the same… perfect, I’d say, or better yet, conforming, as people would often tell me. They were so perfect and so alike that they had no soul. Designed to be used, not to be looked at, to be clean and not to be smelled. That’s what it was all about. For me, iron smells of nostalgia and rusty iron, of history. I’ve often found in the container of nonconformities – the one with the red plate, so clear and visible to be unbearable – a meaning. That’s it! I am a nonconformity.
That’s how my story began. It all started with a piece of scrap… imagining and trying… making a lot of mistakes, perhaps too many, but never with a method.
My education (I was never among the first 25 students of my form) was based on numbers, formulae, straight and parallel lines. It was consuming me a little at a time. Then, I started listening to the letters and the pieces of iron scrap. From that moment on, shaped iron (more often than not manually shaped iron) and letters have told and filled my days.
“You can’t tell the truth to everyone. Sometimes, not even to yourself. This way, step after step, you keep climbing. The steps become an emotional bonding agent between what we would have wanted to be and what we are. We keep climbing with our heaviest weights and our most beautiful, yet sometimes impossible dreams. Stealthy steps of unlikely promises. A silent path made of small things, tests, gestures, and endless rituals...” Scale | Dimensions: 180 L x 120 W Year: 2014
“The great lie of balance that influences appearances and lives, often clouds and dreams. Searching for balance is like travelling in the pursuit of everything or perhaps of nothing. We often live someone else’s balance, for others, not for ourselves. This piece is an example of the precarious nature of life, which becomes easier to manage by changing the position of the piece itself. By hanging it on the wall, the shapeless, timeless human figures risk falling, unbearable, pretentious, hateful, and senseless as they are. By placing the piece horizontally, everything becomes more bearable, more familiar, less crude and, as a result, easier to explain.” Equilibrio | Dimensions: 180 L x 120 W Year: 2013
I saw a scream
“Sometimes my thoughts are like a Scream, which needs to land on a surface and leave an indelible mark before it can express itself. A trace of thought so strong that it gives itself a dimension in the exact moment it materialises.” Ho visto un Urlo | Installation dimensions: 500 x 500 Year: 2014
“The desire to express a thought is so strong that it needs to pass through a Megaphone to make sure nothing goes unheard. To express the ideas that pass through words without filters, and to be a message-bearer so big that cannot go unnoticed.” Megafono | Dimensions: 1000 x 3000 Year: 2014
Paolo Mezzadri Peso d’Uomo San Domenico Foundation, Crema. From 25 October to 9 November 2014. “… All letters come to life to tell a story …” I dedicate my first solo exhibition to my daughter, Chicca, Wind, Waves, Letters, and Spice of my life.
I met a raggedy man, by chance, by fate, or because it was the right time. I spotted him around town. He had a broad smile and a coffee in his hand. These are such happy times that I can’t even find the time to breathe. Perhaps it’s the same man who, as a child, […]
I scream. I travel. I couldn’t do anything else. I don’t know any other way. I hate this way of doing things, of travelling, to get rid of an unbearable weight. A journey doesn’t solve anything. All it does is move empty boxes. So incredibly unique to fill and discover, but absurd when you seal […]
… I’ve been stacking up thoughts… for many years, I have found myself with empty rooms full of thoughts, projects, failures, and even a few disappointments Today I’ve stacked up thoughts that have become objects in a full room… It’s a nice feeling. The room is big, very big… with high walls… soon they will […]
5 monumental works in the magnificent JW Marriott Venice park. An event held in conjunction with the 56th Venice Biennale. Copies of the catalogue, “Mostra Sculture nel Parco” (Sculptures in the Park Exhibition) will be distributed at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. This highly appreciated volume contains all the images and critical texts […]
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