Dal 09/02/2013 al 05/03/2013
Curated by Dores Sacquegna
Res Extensa is a search suspended between sight and touch, between mind and matter. It explores the connection between the body and the surrounding space, between rituals and intimate, daily acts. The focus is the tactile quality of things, contact with others, or with objects, the feeling of always having the ground beneath your feet. Through its many layers, the world lets us know the elements that constitute it: volume, texture, contours, weight.
“From the ropes to the fruit” is one of the works from the new artistic production of Giorgio Carluccio (Brindisi). “A beautiful demise” by Laura J. Victore (USA), is a demonstration of this primordial broth of cultural exchange, using an almost inconceivable numerosity of projections thus establishing the boundaries between inside and outside, between charismatic models of interaction and information age technology.
The duplicity of the public image and the private sfere, takes the form of a double truth of freedom of thought and distance in the works by Astolfo Funes (Venezuela), The works recall the sense of touch throuhgout the body, via their pastosity and surface. When we look at the works of Fatma Almazrouie (UAE), we note how the artist unveils the social bonds, the stimuli between the inside and the outside, between pleasure and pain. The invisible around us is represented in the works of Magda Apostolou (Greece), which reflects “the surface of the earth”, covered with cracks, divisions of space and time, losing their objective characteristics to express themselves in surfaces dryl and desolate, intense as representations of landscapes of the body and solitude opening up to evocations of Mediterranean temperatures.
In the works by Katelyne Ostyn (France) a theme emerges: the exploration of emptiness and the sensory and sensual physiognomy of our planet. “Energy bodies” by Donato Bruno Leo (Brindisi), evokes a subtle dialogue on the many realities of the world, on fragmentation, on the archetypal dimensions linked to the feminine, on the sacredness of birth with symbolic and transcendent references. Time and the relations to the past, as well as temporal and physical bonds are present in the works by Tania Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), and in the video “Hollow Null” by Rodrigo De Toledo (Brazil).
The vast presence of media in society has brought of openness to the people of the world, solving the problem of material distance, thus moving the passion of the artist to a more technological context. Computers have arrived like Trojan horses, with their power, offering the possibility of enhancing, not only the senses, but also the brain and psycho-physical capacities. Recent research by Dario Manco (Lecce) is creating worlds onto which he projects his story or that of the world, that surrounds him, manipulating concrete symbols with imaginary elements.
Art, in fact, has a symbolic function. It is a perfect combination of form and matter, of the visible and the invisible, of substance and thought. Because it comes from the sensible intuition of the artist, it translates into forms understandable to the target audience, who directt their thinking and their gaze towards reality, when confronted with a concrete form as in the works of Motoko Huysveld (France), Nel Ten Wolde (Australia) and Thomas Kabelitz (Germany).
For many artists such as Giovanni Alfonsetti (Brindisi), Stuart Ross Snider (USA) and Helle Rask Crawford (Denmark) symbolism is the percievable representation of thought, bordering a kind of transcendence. These artists and their visionary colleagues Matthew Giuffrè (USA), Luke Grothe (USA) and Nadine Rolland (France), depart from shape and matter (Logos and Tecne) to arrive at a profound dimension, a dialogue between the Geist and the real, stimulating our minds through the beauty of a non-logical form.