Grear Patterson – Forest Theater

GREAR PATTERSON  Forest TheaterForest Theater is the catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name (8 October – 30 November 2014) by Grear Patterson at the American Academy in Rome, curated by Peter Benson Miller. The exhibition and the catalogue are a collaboration between Depart Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. Both the exhibition and the book summon formative moments in the artist’s life, a recollection of rites of passages, tapping into a collective, rather than simply a personal, consciousness.

GREAR PATTERSON  Forest Theater

The wide format book is a collection of snapshots from the exhibition, which have a melancholy aspect and invoke personal recollections of places and events. These photographs explore the sense of nostalgia and of lost innocence in the transition from childhood to adulthood.

GREAR PATTERSON  Forest Theater

The exhibition consists of various media – sculptures, videos, photographs, canvases and a collection of objects from the artist’s childhood – which acts as a sort of Proustian madeleines. While many works where conceived expressly for the exhibition and respond to specific spaces at the American Academy in Rome, they draw upon a piecemeal personal archive that spans many years and refers to disparate moments and events.

GREAR PATTERSON  Forest Theater

These moments might be constructed as typical of an American childhood and the turbulent passages of adolescence, in the context in which Proustian memory and nostalgia enjoy wide currency as a cultural aesthetic. Format: 34.7 x 24.5 cm.; Pages: 48; Language: English; Edition of 500 copies; Year: 2014. Text by: Peter Benson Miller; proof reading: Tijana Mamula; Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti; Art Director: Francesco De Figueiredo.

GREAR PATTERSON  Forest Theater

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Interlinks – Matteo Pomati

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Matteo Pomati was sitting right next to me at the after-show dinner in occasion of Tufo at Gasconade’s non profit space in Milan. I immediately became even more curious about this figure, to my eyes he appeared just as his works: intangible, ethereal, someone to look longer at to get the essence.

With his atemporal work he anesthetizes the eye and makes the spectator wanting to see it again to bear it in mind. Painting is everything. Crushing into the new media in an exclusive post-academic way.

My imagination went on after he talked to me about his research and showed me two new works.

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Apathy-for-the-bon goût drama. The reflections are disturbing, making me feel the same as when I was reading an article about “pornographic” photos of objects with people’s naked reflections on the objects’ shiny surfaces.

Colors are blind. The gaze is fatigued, and it is like spending evenings’ hours on the sofa in front of a TV; brain death, scrolling down your Facebook pages with the visage enlighten by the screen. But there is so much beauty to explore.

Reality’s still life, wanting to stop it now and ever in a lust for image.

Photo: Roberto Apa

Photo: Roberto Apa

Photo: Roberto Apa

Photo: Roberto Apa

The result is noir, the 16:9 format brings back to movies’ vision, I thought about Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville and some screenshot of moments coming from Natacha von Braun’s mind. And here you go back to reflections, not even having had the time to think that they are fake, like the ones in some Anime drawing.

While walking outside armada – the studio Matteo shares with some artists and curators of his generation – I could read “adagio” road sign in the courtyard, a perfect italian word used in music jargon, as he suggested to me; and the perfect conclusion for that dialog.

His works are “so evident, to disappear”.

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

Matteo Pomati was born in Milan, 1989. Lives and works in Milan.

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