Curated by Mattia Lapperier
Since the last century we have been extremely familiar with the concept of mass consumption. Well-being and prosperity seem to be the most immediate consequence of this phenomenon, but as you scratch the surface it is obvious that the unscrupulous use of goods and services leads to a sort of object fetishism or, more dramatically, consolidates the existence of a mere aesthetic of the disposable. And that also affects the way we cultivate interpersonal relationships. The installation conceived by Victoria DeBlassie and Leonardo Moretti reflects on the apologia of the superfluous in which contemporary society seems enmeshed. The plastic fragments by Victoria and the painted lace by Leonardo offer two different and complementary approaches to the question. Victoria DeBlassie, by raising structures that are viral as well as totemic, exploits the potential of the material to express profound impatience with an imminent global lamination; Leonardo Moretti instead represents the ephemeral par excellence: the accessory, the unnecessary by provocatively suggesting an invitation to go beyond the visible surface, beyond the appearance. Both artists, who are in open and constant dialogue with each other, allow the viewer to glimpse amongst the dense textures that make up their works the slight possibility of a different, deeper meaning. This is configured as a search for the “broken mesh in the network ” (as the Italian poet Eugenio Montale wrote): here one can imagine the rare possibility of salvation from a flattened, trivialized world of plastic. The twists in PVC by Victoria DeBlassie, juxtaposed or joined together, or superimposed as in the pictorial ones by Leonardo Moretti, not only stage the irreducible dichotomy between presentation and representation of the sensitive datum but, above all, they parodistically celebrate consumerism, as if it were of a dystopian entity in progressive expansion, from which to defend itself with every means possible.
September 26 – October 26 2019
mon-fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – free entrance
SRISA Project Space – Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via Santa Reparata 19r, 50129 Firenze
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