«The works of Mattia Ozzy B. reference an imaginary world crafted from concrete, asphalt, darkness, and reality.» With these words, Leo De Luca, founder of the LAMB Gallery in Mestre, introduces the young artist Mattia Ozzy B. Both of us met at the Turin fair, The Others, drawn to their rather unique booth. The floor was entirely covered by an industrial tire stained with paint, and the installations, bearing a street and ready-made imprint, floated in the air. We delved deeper into Mattia’s work and today, we want to share more about this young artist and his language, which looks at post-vandalism and involuntary art.
Mattia Ozzy B., born in 1998, grew up in Rozzano, in the province of Milan, and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, where he graduated in Visual Arts. Observing his works, it’s clear to see his strong street influence, particularly drawn to writing and urban imagery. His installations blend abstract painting and ready-made practice with an industrial language. His practice starts from the street, specifically what we might define as “transitory places.” From construction sites to peripheral areas, Mattia Ozzy B. retrieves discarded and forgotten objects, which he then assembles into installations steeped in a conditioned animism. According to the artist, the collection of objects he retrieves represents memories to restore, care for, and preserve in response to overproduction and overconsumption. Consequently, the artist creates sculptures and installations with the intention of giving new life to objects destined for drift. His method aims to render permanent what seems lost, while maintaining the original precariousness and instability inherent in these objects.
«Mattia Ozzy B.’s goal is to employ a series of gestures and relationships to reach the light,» explains Leo De Luca, who supports Mattia’s work through LAMB, promoting it through solo exhibitions and art fairs. De Luca’s space, as Marina Bastianello‘s son, is supported by his mother’s eponymous gallery and, thanks to her, he connected with Mattia. Specifically, it was Ruben Montini, an artist exhibited by Bastianello, who introduced Leo De Luca to Mattia Ozzy B., who has been assisting Montini in various projects for some time now, serving as his “right-hand man.” The partnership between LAMB and Mattia Ozzy B. seems to be thriving. United by a desire to experiment, LAMB’s goal is to create a fluid space free from constraints, fostering direct interaction with artists while also exploring new forms of collecting that are more democratic and accessible. At this point, all that’s left is to see what the future holds for these two talented young individuals.”
Courtesy Mattia Ozzy B. and LAMB