open16 2013

OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will celebrate its sixteenth edition from 29th August to 29th September at Venice Lido and on the Island of San Servolo, in parallel to the Venice Film Festival.Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, the exhibition is organised by PDG Arte Communications in collaboration with the Municipality Lido Pellestrina and is held under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of the Cultural Heritage, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region and the Province of Venice.During the exhibition the forth edition of the Premio Speciale Arte Laguna will be assigned to a young artist selected by the Premio Arte Laguna jury. This award will offer the winner the possibility to be included among the finalists of the Premio Arte Laguna 2014 and to show his or her work on the circuit organised by the same association.“Moving things that are still, stopping things that move” said G.C. Argan about Signorelli, an interplay of levers and springs to overcome the inertia of the figure. Perhaps today “coding the signifier and decoding the signified” would be the challenge for OPEN.The curators have chosen not a theme but a language, providing the artist with a code, or rather with the signifier, a flag, a standard, a piece of fabric measuring 3x1m. A visual grammatical element based on rules of syntax linked to the urban context, to spatial configuration, the open-air spaces and the air of Venice Lido. The spatial relationship swings between background and foreground, closed form and open form, then experience and meaningfulness, to reveal the function of visual language, whether it be expressive, exhortative, aesthetic or informative.The flags at OPEN develop according to the rules of classical composition of the image, based on equilibrium, weight, perspective, rhythm, movement, direction and, finally, symmetry.Though the curator offers the code, it is the artist himself who adopts it, interprets it, manipulates it or even overcomes it.Manipulation for Yi Zhou, a cross-sectional view of sketches, drawings and videos, intermittent visual sequences. For Puni, by assimilation, the fabrics, remnants and cloths in daily use reveal their aesthetic and sensitive immediacy, moving towards a reciprocal relationship that rejects dominion and possession. Political, social and spiritual declaration in Barbara Taboni. Visual evolution in Casagrande & Recalcati and Claudia Danieli. A self-timed photo for Umberto Zampini, front and rear, an interplay of reflections, a mirror image to which the lens assigns a transitive function, a “snapshot” that suspends real life, changing its sign. In contrast, Alvise Bittente, an irreverent jongleur of paradoxes, skilled in contradictions, waves the graphics not of his “flag” but of his “flat”, a mocking pun on immobility.Pop appropriation for Gaetano K. Bodanza, the colour germinates and spreads in shaped canvases that give life to alien creatures, “other” insects where a strong contact occurs with the primeval forces of Nature, with irreverent thought. Poptaste grafted onto a world open to the eternal making and unmaking of existence in the work of Stefano Fioresi, contaminated by super-heroes in an expressive short circuit with a highly dramatic flavour in the work of Ronni Ahmmed. An unprecedented composition of words for Marotta & Russo, the word as shape and content.Decomposition demands the choice to transfer the vision of a painting through part of its story and so the triptych painted by Will Kerr is transposed into two narrative banners that evade from the original tale of the painting and are transformed into impressionable matter, rich in the virtuosities of a calligraphist in which the archaeologist’s eye of the artist stimulates questions that are constantly changing and impossible to grasp.With Marco Nereo Rotelli the concept is taken even further, as flags are transformed into steel discs, recreating a universe in which flags are depicted in sequential contamination.The geographical coordinates are extended to include the emerging scene of Taiwan, exploring the multiple expressive researches of Chen Chun-Hao, Chou Yu-Cheng, Mei Dean-E, Yao Jui-Chung.The movement of the flags contrasts with the immobility of the site-specific installations at the crossroads between Venice Lido and the Island of San Servolo which, with its splendid gardens and striking architecture, has for six years been the never-failing background against which the works of art come to life.The exhibition begins with an homage to Nam June Paik and Aldo Mondino. The work Voyeur's Mail Box by Nam June Paik represents the expressive path of one of the leading exponents of the Fluxus movement, considered the father of art videos. His sculpture videos and installation videos are ideas that sprang from happenings in New York between the Sixties and Seventies, where art, music, theatre and photography blend together. The Grande Arabesque by Mondino, a large sculpture depicting a ballerina’s leg supporting a big golden fish, is the living testimony of a great master who has adopted eclecticism as the key to his style and irony as a form of experimentation.Matter absorbs, transmits and transforms. The works of Bettina Werner are nourished with salt crystals that become traces of memory on the basic forms of the intellect, representing the beauty of existence of nature itself. The pagne used to make Virginia Ryan’s shifts tangibly become the signified and the signifier, drawing inspiration from her personal experience in Africa, to depict current events from a strictly feminine viewpoint. Linked to the manual and artistic skill of crocheting, on a path between wool and cotton, Maria Elisa D’Andrea alternates the plain and purl of the constant factors of human life in settings of apparent incessant change.Suspended paraffin material, stalactites releasing drops of water in the work of Federico Seppi, a constant trickle for pure and simple contemplation. Matter enveloped in mirrored wedges that absorb and reflect the light in the supine figure by Raquel Monje. Matter that becomes pigment in Consolata Radicati di Primeglio and then Olga Lah’s coloured ribbons, creating a path in search of the most intimate meaning where the visitor can unwind the ball of string in this ideal labyrinth. The work of the Peruvian artist Ana Maria Reque presents a camouflaged artefact, an oblique gaze between art and architecture.A visual see-saw of sudden black-outs and revelations in the work of the Japanese Kounosuke Kawakami, up to the rediscovery of the industrial objets trouvés by Kao Tsan-Hsing stripped of any pretence of interpretation and dedicated to interior searching.The expressive path of Luciano Angeleri blends music, art and gesture; that of Roberto Bricalli is an unceasing experimentation with language with the innate, almost obsessive use of marble as a classical, essential, perpetual material. Marble is also used by Luca Scacchetti to sculpt his 7 Castelli Inesistenti, caskets, arcane symbols illuminated by a primeval purity of form. In Medusa, a bronze jellyfish by Franco Carloni, with its soft forms, there is a contrast between shiny and opaque substance.Research linked to the recovery of materials, midway between Arte Povera and Fluxus inspiration for Francesco Lussana.And then Peter Nussbaum’s studies on numbers, symbols and geometries which are expressed in forms and colours that yearn for light; or the video installation by Tamara Bialecka with a particularly intimist note, a video eye sunk in a metal well, the eternal question of human survival.They use different words, but they speak the same language: the language of images. They are Cinema and Art. One is expression in perpetual movement, the other is expression captured and fixed in a single gesture of movement. There is no conflict between two artistic forms that live on image and feed on the desire to translate emotions. They permeate one another as a direct source of inspiration for the project that combines painting, graphic art and design, by Oleg Shobin, Andrei Belov and Irenkova, Bazinato and Anna Aparina The Giant Movie Affiches TOP 30 presented by ARTPLAZ Gallery, Minsk.OPEN, an “agitated space” that stimulates reflection and itself becomes a tool for acquiring knowledge. The visitor is invited to venture along the possible paths to discover the ultimate salvation of art: a journey through the unceasing variety of horizons, emotions and encounters.