Gilardi – Maisto – Moxhay – Pagano
The AICA | Andrea Ingenito Contemporary Art in Naples is pleased to present the exhibition Under Nature, that will open Saturday, March 8 at 19:00.
Hybridization between natural and advancing technological world, the alterations of our ecosystem caused by a selfish and wicked do (very topical today), and the concerns and suggestions that always Mother Nature unleashes in the sensitive and investigator soul of an artist, are the areas of focus of this exhibition.
To welcome the visitors there are the famous evergreens Carpets nature of Piero Gilardi, an international artists present permanently in important institutions and museums such as the MADRE Museum (Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina) of Naples. The carpets, that are the most famouus works among the artist’s production, are made of polyurethane foam and they reproduce, extremely realistic, lush natural environment fragments. The beach, the river, a flower garden, but especially asparagus, peaches, tomatoes are recreated with such an attention of details that fool the human senses; You would almost want to touch and taste what is actually a synthetic nature, artificial, preserved under plexiglass boxes that prevent any interaction and make it a work of art only to admire.
The still life from Gilardi reveals a strong feeling of nostalgia for a mortified environment that has lost those bright colors now playable only artificially, but also is a sort of denunciation against the more and more hectic lifestyle that does not care about the real needs of humanity.
Visually striking is the polittico Nature Naturans by Luigi Pagano, now returning from Monaco of Bavaria. In the twenty-four pieces that make up the canvas undefined forms with cold and marble colors depict a nature that has lost any spatial and physical coordinate. Pagano’s Art has a dreamlike, meditative, psychological and yet perceptible dimension, that refers to a silent and gloomy seascape, or the limestone of a jagged coastline stone. In the mix of oil and colored crete rub with the hands, is created an alchemical process that delves into the observer’s figurative baggage to bring out places of memory and emotions never forgotten.
Angelo Maisto, after the participation in the Set up art fair (Arte Fiera Bologna 2014), he exhibited for the first time in Naples its bold combination of painting and sculpture, in the balance between the natural and the artificial: watercolors, incredible formal technicality show in minute detail the various parts that make up the original sculptures of insects, as taxonomic tables of an alien bestiary; it’s a cognitive and playful process that leads us to discover a new natural world, sometimes a bit childish, and to distinguish the fishing float or the Neapolitan cornetto (a typical lucky charm) hidden in a clever camouflage work.
Suzanne Moxhay, young but already established London artist, exhibited a series of landscapes that make it certainly an exception in the field of contemporary photography. His job consist in build a real sets in his studio overlaying old photos, tourist brochures, posters of old science fiction films and horror novels, and then photograph them and manipulate them digitally, creating scenarios with a strong pictoria that shocked the human eyes. The result is post-apocalyptic setting that certainly refers to the films of recent years, when nature took over, regaining possession of its space and creeping between what remains of humanity is only a trace.
In a such a difficult moment like this one, in which the dominant theme in Campania is the land of fires (la terra dei fuochi), Art can and must be a means of raising awareness. Andrea Ingenito, the creator and curator of the exhibition, he wanted to make this exhibition as a reminder of the beauty of nature rather than its desecration. It’s not a causality that the exhibition will inaugurated on March 8, the day of celebration of women: all the guests who will attend the event, will be honored with a branch of mimosa, symbol of spring. During the opening it is also scheduled to speak the art critic Massimo Sgroi, scientific curator of the exhibition.
Title Under Nature
Location Andrea Ingenito Contemporary Art | Via Cappella Vecchia 8/A (P.zza dei Martiri) – Napoli
Date 8 March – 3 May 2014
Opening 8 March, h. 7.00 p.m.
Opening hours from Thursday to Saturday, h. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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