Gabriele De Santis – Dear Michael,

Courtesy of Frutta Gallery

Courtesy of Frutta

Hashtags, question marks and exclamation points, brackets. This exhibition is about communication, new communication. Much of my work in the latest period, has been going on through Instagram. Researches, contacts, new concepts development, it is the end of the Facebook age. I focused in understanding the development hashtagged concepts. So I thought about reviewing this exhibition starting from Ilaria Marotta’s text, and dividing the story by hashtagged themes. Also because if no one is willing to write standard press releases any more, certainly art writer won’t be up for a standard criticism, standard writing is probably getting old. An hashtag is a word or an unspaced phrase prefixed with the hash symbol (“#”). It is a form of metadata tag. Words in messages on microblogging and social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram may be tagged by putting “#” before them, either as they appear in a sentence, or appended to it. Hashtags make it possible to group such messages, since one can search for the hashtag and get the set of messages that contain it.

#hashtagtheworld this tag is borrowed from a friend, it includes literally everything [metaphysics approach # hidden memory # what we know and we have forgotten # culture # (burrus friedric skinner > gaetano salvemini)] : {[rome # (home> frutta> friends of rome)] + [london # (limoncello> commercialroadproject> ruth> a shared dream> peckingduck> friends of london)]} = {a long journey # [AB (ruth> adam> nina> valentinas> alex) + (maps of places you won’t !nd in a map> lost islands> palms> stolen pens)]}

#amurrica or the American dream # jordanair # loveisintheair # backpack # basketball # basketball cap # sportswear # dirty t-shirt # sneakers # rollerblade # wheels # skaters # trick # griptapes # plinth # stasis vs. movement # back to the future # eighties # tv programs # fonzie # childhood memory # now and then # disney # neon # round sunglasses to see the neon # the sun

#stoneage I recently read an article about how stones can be sexy [marbles > I love marble cheescake!> my best cake ever!] & rock, paper, scissors>

#newtropical we all know this romantic tag (palms again> sunshine> sunrise> tequilasunrise> istagram>

Courtesy of Frutta Gallery

Courtesy of Frutta

For those who don’t understand hashtag language, here is the letter accompanying the exhibition, written by Alex for Michael, on Friday, March 14, 2014 from Hermosa Beach, CA.

Dear Michael,I’m back… from swimming pools and American marble: an autumn of daydream flips where a lipslide is also known as disaster. As it happens, everything continues to happen.“Nothing but mesh,” you said, spinning a yarn of the interconnectedness of things, atelary contexture of equipment slides from the maw. A backward glance at the court, standing on your own four wheels to map that maple, reveals no more than the lachrymal orange of a spinning ball. You’re right: to a one shot conquerer, the thrashing of the heart’s Ω is the tint of a splash of gin. Always and already, the heft of thingsdangles from a breakaway rim beyond which a three-point line is a breathless length. The ball’s progress plots a dribbled constellation of half-clues, asterisms, black cats, red herrings. H-O-R-S-E, you whispered. Then, jammed into space: an outstretched leap invulnerable to fatigue, something like an astronaut’s free fall, shuttles thoughts towards their a leathery suspension. Around the world, lost satellite reception is a reminder thatwhole histories may be falling just as you are. GM, GP, GS, and the rest. Beyond this horizon, one could hazard a guess as to what you meant by gleaming the cube to steal the bacon: 749mm of curbside aerology, every painting a clutch player.Again, the same jokes every night for all etoinity told in a voice like a one-strapped sack: after Viceroy, Your Airness, another meaning of ‘to travel’ wheels again towardsits foregone durometry {101A}. And though history might spin itself away, be assured: those persons who retain a historiographical relationship with the deck concern themselves with that which cannot be seen or handled of the deck. Still they ask themselves, fifteen years later, “Is it the shoes‽”

Courtesy of Frutta Gallery

Courtesy of Frutta




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