The intriguing turning point in Francesco’s artistic journey occurred in Bologna. It was here that he encountered an unexpected muse: a plate of Italian spaghetti number five. As he casually waited for the pasta to cook, inspiration struck. This mundane yet transformative moment marked the birth of Francesco’s fascination with everyday objects, and their cultural significance. The Pasta series, spanning from 2019 to 2021, includes various sculptural interpretations of pasta shapes, such as: Bavette, Bucatini, Capellini, Spaghetti Quadrati, Linguine, and Spaghettini. Francesco’s choice of materials and processes reflects his artistic evolution as well. Cement was his initial medium of choice, but today, he finds himself drawn to stainless steel. This shift, symbolised by a small sculpture, a cast of a saffron risotto from the supermarket, constitutes a significant turning point in his artistic exploration. The object, minimally altered underneath, remains raw and untouched. In contrast, the upper surface is meticulously polished to transform it into a mirror.
Francesco’s artistic practice is a captivating blend of sculpture, performance, and video, enlivened by a distinctive dose of irony and sarcasm. His creative endeavours seamlessly fuse autobiographical elements with broader sociological, historical, and mechanistic influences. Within his work, one can discern a remarkable interplay between the carnivalesque and the quotidian, the natural and the cultural, and the sculptural and the object-oriented. Francesco’s exploration of these contrasting themes serves as a recurrent motif throughout his oeuvre, and the exploration leads him to relate a lighter to contemporary art and ultimately transforming it into an industrial object-an act of self-criticism that characterises his dynamic approach.
Francesco Bendini (Sansepolcro, *1996) earned a BA and a MA degree in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna while carrying out, between 2021 and 2022, a study period at Newcastle University (UK). Since 2019, Francesco’s artistic endeavours have graced numerous solo and group exhibitions. His last solo show include InPresenza, Ipercorpo at EXATR, Forlì (IT) and CINGOMMA at AF Gallery, Bologna (IT). In addition, Francesco’s work gained recognitions such as the Combat Prize nomination in 2023, and the Young Art Award nomination in 2022. Francesco is currently residing and working between Città di Castello and Turin.