Bertuzzo’s design is inspired by a melange of classical and contemporary sources. His work takes after classical allegorical pieces with narratives that he flips on their heads. Instead of trying to tell a narrative, he creates images that act like allegorical inkblots – filled with narrative potential – that a viewer may gaze into and dream up their own explanation for the images.
Marco Bertuzzo is an emerging artist from Toronto. After completing his Masters of Fine Arts degree at Central Saint Martins at the University of Arts London, Bertuzzo began creating materially experimental paintings full of bodily, colourful, sexual and intricate images. Rooted in an involved study of the intents and effects of allegory, Bertuzzo’s work departs from the rigid prescriptions of discrete symbols and instead delves into a wholesale pursuit of unexplored narratives, encouraging the audience to unearth new meanings from age-old imagery. It is not that there isn’t anything new under the sun, but rather, that to find the new, we must reconfigure the old. In his work we see bodies, icons, fabled animals and architecture in all its classical orders dissolve into each other, loose from history to be re-animated in the image of the present. These days, after all, everything is a remake. The brilliance of Bertuzzo’s evocation of allegory lies in his exploration of the relation between image, narrative and viewer. He eschews the idea that any viewer will bring with them an inherent, fixed understanding of the extended symbolism employed in his compositions. Instead, his work elicits the instantaneous generation of distinct narratives among all viewers who engage with the whirling mass of signifiers before them, constantly leaving the door open for change and adjustment to meaning as new figures and structures are discovered within the swirling, saturated line-work.