Federico Solmi entered the artistic world coming from the outsider realm. His work revels this fact, not only for the themes he chooses (popular, iconoclastic with amusing twists), but also in his frank style—with scratches, messy in character, a Dadaist sensibility, even absurd at times. Solmi is obsessed with sex and reproduction, concerned by the contradictions of urban life; practices satire and venerates Rocco Siffredi (the porn star that develops the role of the hero in his earlier video animation Rocco Never Dies), subject matters indeed that bleed, sweat, cum, and touch us for pure instinct and nature. Solmi´s work crosses the work of the damned Raymond Pettibone, the theories of fluid and anti-nature parings of the philosophers Deleuze and Guatarri, and relates in kinship to the filmmaking of David Cronenberg.
King Kong and the End of the World (2006, edition of 10) plays with several icons of mass culture: the commercial brands, emblems of high culture, such as the Guggenheim Museum, mingled with some props and tools common in his works: the monstrosity of the phallus-hypertrophy used as fetish by other outsiders such as the decadent 19th century English Art Nouveau illustrator Aubrey Berdsley and the sadomasochistic comic book draftsman Nazario.
It is easy to deduce that King Kong functions as the alter ego of the artist, who frequently recognizes the profound influence of living in New York in his work. King Kong, besieged and trapped by the urban landscape, loses control and destroys even what he loves (the Gagosian Gallery) until he is shot and killed. The rage and impotence, felt before such an insane and voracious society, forces the artist to reward himself by representing the city under a rain of urine. Solmi´s work is fresh and expresses through fantasy this defenseless feeling before the neurotic urban landscape.
King Kong and the End of the World ends, however, with a twist of hope: the artist and his wife are elected by God to repopulate the Earth. Federico stains the biblical episode of Adam and Eve, giving the man an enormous phallus.