Time after time
curated by Giovanni Iovane
from 27.11.2007 to 09.02.2008
As Marguerite Yourcenar wrote, time is certainly a “mighty sculptor” but, for those who know nothing about theoretic philosophy, a real bore too.
While Postmodernism, just to simplify, theorized the “end of time”, art carries on denying it through its "time after time".
It is perhaps easier to start from a successful song and video of the Eighties: “Time after Time” by Cyndi Lauper. The song deals with a departure and separation between two lovers whose reason is not revealed. The leaving is strengthened by two events. At the beginning of the video Cyndi Lauper is watching a farewell film and at the end she mimes the song's title with the deaf-and-dumb alphabet.
The title and structure of the video “Time after time” seem a perfect introduction to a group exhibition whose artists, Takehito Koganezawa, Paolo Parisi and Wilfredo Prieto, investigate and above all operate on the idea of the painting time, each of them in his personal way and with different media.
Takehito Koganezawa, Paolo Parisi and Wilfredo Prieto, with a personal approach, introduce in their works different temporal levels. It is a process turning time into a vehicle, “a time machine” with a literary image, getting space vanishing and changeable.
The spectator is asked to observe carefully with a peculiar point of view.
The drawings without space or the video RGBY by Koganezawa (the title seems to refer both to the digital colour model “RGB” and to the acronym “RGBY” used for a one pixel camera, a sort of lamp created in Japan in 2005 to catch and recreate the colours), such as Parisi “monochromes” and silver landscapes attest the different levels of time involved in the creation of a work of art suggesting that “painting has not come to a rest yet” (Helmut Friedel).
On the other hand Wilfredo Prieto's works and installations require the spectator to be aware to find himself in an artistic contest. Prieto conceive his work as (or “the”) a form of camouflage. The artist turns into an archaeologist making us discretely go through the different visual and hidden meanings of objects which had been removed from our ordinary imagery.
Takehito Koganezawa (Tokio, 1974) lives and works in Berlin.
Selected exhibitions: Wohnmaschine, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, New Delhi, India; MOCA, Los Angeles; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea; Neue Nationalgalerei, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien; Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain; ICA, London; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Paolo Parisi (Catania, 1965) lives and works in Florence.
Selected exhibitions: Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus/Kunstbau, Monaco; Museo Pecci, Prato; Galleria Civica Montevergini, Siracusa; Quarter Firenze; Centro per l'arte contemporanea Palazzo Fichera, Catania; Galleria Galica, Milano; Galleria Neon, Bologna; Galleria Gianluca Collica, Catania; Palazzo Cavour, Torino; Museum of fine arts, Hanoi.
Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba, 1978) lives and works between La Habana and Barcellona.
Selected exhibitions: SMAK, Ghent, Belgium; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, CDN; MUSAC, León, Spain; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La Habana; Pabellón Italo-Latinoamericano, 52 Biennale di Venezia, Italy; Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museu de Arte Contemporánea de Goiás, Brasil.
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