Dal 20/10/2012 al 25/11/2012
Curated by Dores Sacquegna
Art dies without imagination. The past, present and future have always been of interest to artists. This exhibition presents a systematic overview of possible scenarios of an almost perfect future, where the question is, to paraphrase J.Maddox: “What remains to be found out?”. Of course, the history of the future is not written yet and our present is certainly different from the future imagined half a century ago. Cinema and literature have often theorized about the future. In the film Blade Runner, which is based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, the future begins in 2019 with a world governed by codes of computer science and bioengineering.
Today reality exceeds what many people imagined it would be, and things that once seemed impossible can be achieved sooner than we think. Sarah Ciracì’s video on the future of the planet, Welcome Aboard, involves two scientists against nuclear power: Vincenzo Balzani, a chemist and professor emeritus and Nicola Armaroli, a researcher at the National Research Council in Bologna. Laura Victore will display an installation entitled A Beautiful Demise, about a terrestrial planet, created with a combination of satellite imagery, aerial photographs and dimensional relics. Catherine Drouin Goutal address climate change in her piece Quand la couleur sera plus forte que le langage, le Monde fera entendre sa musique en pleine lumière.
Aliza Morell’s paintings reflect on the sublime in day to day life. Christine Cézanne-Thauss explores a future with more awareness, the the need to return to our roots, and technology as a sign of peace and love in the urban world. Paolo Cervino’s series adresses cities, noise and morphology. Working with primary colors, the archaic, and the loneliness of a landscape without barriers, Judith Donaghy uses two-dimensional surfaces in three-dimensional space. Photographs presented by Danilo De Mitri have a poetry and lyricism that evoke a kind of earthly paradise, like a return to our origins or a world of fairies. Between focus and fade, De Metri moves on different planes of color, sign, space, and plasticity, to create intriquing multidimensional work.
All of the works in the exhibition are metaphoric. Judith Duquemin uses geometry in a game of solids and voids to stabilize, order, and exalt the concept of time as a mental abstraction. It is difficult to accept that time is a dimension of our own human existance and that our universe is actually timeless. The scale of thousands of galaxies is unimaginable for us. For Lindsay Keys the horizon is a place where the outside meets the inside, life meets death, and the rational meets the irrational. Emotional geographies by Ivan Rivera fragment and reemerge to define new space and volume. Stories and traces in the iconography by Gerard Frances and Tom Ma. Inside the Secret Things is the title of a video by Paolo Consorti inspired by the Divine Comedy, in which the artist has recreated a set involving actors to pose for the surreal story Dante in Hell. Consorti’s piece entitled Starless, was realized with photographs and special effects.
Dario Manco’s work takes place in a timeless place; a land of nobody where space is enlarged. Using the purity of white, his series focuses on a the “invisable” people, or, the numerous homeless people that populate our streets. The invisable people become an integral part a landscape of insecurity and loneliness.
“Cura de Sueño” (or Care of Sleep) is the title of the video installation by Mariana Thome. With manic, aseptic technique a bedroom is prepaired with patches to reiterate that the only salvation in this sterile continuity lies in the constant awareness of doubt in bipolarity, which in fact is the science of opposites. Jolanda Jensen uses her body as a medium of business and communication, such as subject and object of representation, exploring the limits and physical strength, tension, movement and space. Recurring themes by Suus Baltussen are connecting and meeting. The artist creates large installations of wood and metal, which become interdisciplinary works to establish a contact between people through sound and sharing of living areas.
The artist knows that the culture and history will not solve the knots of time and the value of the work lies in the track, in the abstract matrix of their passage. Art, in fact, proposes the game of eternal movement and suspension of time. The analysis of all the works in the exhibition gives us an overall view of a thought about the present and future, through reflections plural and synesthesia, which are fed by a system that is fed every day by the new. And the future? It is not an absolute truth. The truth of the world is in the dispersion, in charge of energy that travels the world and bring the world as a clash of different polarities. And finally: every artist must, as Cadmus said, give the gift to the people of a new alphabet, fabric signs with which to interpret the essence of the mystery.