Feu de joie!

That’s me, enjoying new friends in Helsinki, celebrating my first article on paper on A Magazine.

Giving a hearty welcome to the new collaboration with Style.it, column Arts and Culture!

© Mustikka

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Somewhere Place

I will probably never stop to celebrate the super phtographer Ryan McGinley, this post just to signal his upcoming exhibition in Amsterdam, Somewhere Place, at Gabriel Rolt gallery. It is his second solo exhibition in The Netherlands, following on from the 2007 exhibition at FOAM. Youth, liberation and the joy of losing yourself in the moment are elements that feature throughout Ryan McGinley’s work, from his early roots in documenting the urban adventures of his downtown Manhattan friends to his subsequent cross-country travels in utopian environments throughout America to his most recent studio portraits.

© Ryan McGinley

The lack of clothing and other contemporary signifiers along with the archetypical landscapes give the photos a sense of timelessness in which the viewer can project his or her own story. Over the years McGinley’s work has evolved from documenting reality toward creating settings where the situations are choreographed. Increasingly more cinematic in tone, while retaining the spontaneity of his early work.

© Ryan McGinley

In Life Adjustment Center (above), McGinley has incorporated black-and-white and color studio portraits of nudes and animals interacting in sometimes sweet, sometimes surprising ways. The use of animals is another facet of McGinley’s exploration of the natural world. They bring out the animalistic qualities of the nude figure, and the scratches on the bodies signify our desire to commune with nature and the excitement and risks inherent therein. If you want to know more about him, please check my previous posts here and here.

Ryan McGinley

Gabriel Rolt gallery

An Arabian Mistery

When i was in Art Basel, last year, i had the chance to meet Simon Fujiwara, thanks to Umberto di Marino. He was tired, haunted by press and art dealers. At the end of Art Basel Umberto gave me the booklet made in 2007 by the artist, including detailed plans for a fictional museum. Basel was enthusiast about his way of creating tales.

Now Giò Marconi is presenting the exhibition An Arabian Mistery, same theme, different story: “When an ancient, giant stone phallus sculpture was discovered under the foundations of a new museum under construction in the ‘Arabian desert’, naturally there was panic. No photographs were taken, and no record of it’s discovery or disappearance exist. Some say it was destroyed, others saw an unlabeled crate departing for ‘destination unknown’..”. You can find out more on Giò Marconi’s website, with also the installation view from Manifesta.

Sustained by the magazine Fantastic Man, Simon Fujiwara lives and works between Berlin and London. In 2011 he won the South Bank Arts Awards, as emerging visual artist. In 2010 he won the Baloise Art Prize, for Art Basel 41 and the Cartier Award for Frieze Art Fair. His works are in the collections of Fondazione Prada, Milan.

Giò Marconi Gallery

Selected by Ingrid Melano

Talented Kara Walker

This time, we are writing about the exhibition A negress of noteworthy talent, that will be at Fondazione Merz, Turin. Kara Walker — who will be present at all events — is going to tackle the space of the Fondazione Merz by setting her cut papers in free progressions on the exhibition walls, together with a video-installation, various drawings, as well as collages and egg tempera paintings.

The project focuses on the mythical memory that takes shape within her work: she stages fiercely realistic stories together with sinisterly humorous allegories, which she presents as installations, videos, stage settings, silhouette puppets, moving shadows, room-size tableaux, and collages on various supports, from walls to canvas. But also drawings, tempera, miniatures and large-scale narratives that hover in a particular dimension where the grotesque almost merges into drama. If you want to know more about Kara Walker, please check my previous post here.

Fondazione Merz

25th March – 3rd July 2011

Selected by Ingrid Melano

Celebrating Torino

Tomorrow is Italy’s 150th anniversary as a united country. In 1861 a big project called Italia 61, was developed in the southern area of Turin, a modernist complex of parks and buildings, with high quality life expectations. People started to move there but, after decades, in the 80ies it was just a working class area. Young people could clearly feel the sensation of emptiness, of a one company town.

I spent there several years of my life, my teens. I still remember ordinary afternoons with my best friend, wondering around in a city that didn’t have anything to offer for us. Asking each other what should we do next and how could we escape from that dramatical situation. Some people moved away, some others stayed.

Lately i developed my art passion, because of some institutions working at a really high level with contemporary art there. After olympic games, they are celebrating Italia 61. I found a photo archive of that period, very intense for me. The senseless remembrance i had of that area is now that one of a beautiful place. You can feel the dreamy atmosphere of the 60ies.

Anyway a lot of events are going on, among them at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Grater Torino, about young art in the city; at Fondazione Merz Kara Walker, A negress of noteworthy talent, where the artist will present an installation, and will personally follow the exhibition; and at Castello di Rivoli John McCracken.

Italia 61

The collective: Alterazioni Video

Alterazioni Video is a group of five artists who have been working together for six years, and are currently located in Milan, New York and Berlin. The distances between the various members of the group and their constant movements have made communications between them – mostly mediated by phone and the net – one of the key aspects of their work. The Violent Paintings, are in fact the result of an intense exchange of images found on the net, manipulated each time they change hands: a dialogue of cut and paste, the product of an irrepressible urge to create visions. Violent Paintings are the result of a dialogue between five individuals who no longer have anything to say to each other but continue to feel the pressing need to communicate.

Also producers of wonderful videos, Alterazioni Video were exhibited by several museums, among which, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, and this year exhibitions were: I would prefer not to #2, at Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana; La Fabbrica del Senso, at Arci Belleza, Milan; Don’t eat that yellow snow (photo) at Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin.

On friday 18th V.M.21 Gallery, Rome, will present the group show including them, Motion of a Nation curated by Antonio Arévalo.

Alterazioni Video

V.M.21 Gallery