South likes: To Meggy Weiss Lo Surdo, Happy Hours at CO2, Turin

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Santo Tolone, Hai ragione, ho messo troppa polvere esplosiva in questi sigari and Rodooolfo!, 2014, collage, glasses

South likes: To Meggy Weiss Lo Surdo, Happy Hours at CO2, Turin
To Meggy Weiss Lo Surdo, Happy Hours
CO2 Gallery, Turin, Italy
5 April – 31 May, 2014

What if the entire humanity disappeared out of the blue, without leaving any trace? Curator Marianna Vecellio takes this question as a starting point “for a reflection about the possibility of reconstruction of new, formal and conceptual languages, which can analyze a wider dimension of time and space”. The exhibition takes the cue from a novel by Guido Morselli, Dissipatio H.G., written in 1973 a few months before the writer committed suicide. The book tells the story of a man who, after he attempted suicide, finds out that the whole human kind has literally vaporised. What remains is a desolate scenario made of machines that continue to perform their now-futile work, silent landscapes, little traces of vanished everyday lives. The exhibition retraces this experience of a solitary exile from humanity, from the stillness of inanimate matter to the notion of automation, passing from a desolate landscape. The work of Michelangelo Pistoletto La sfera dell’immagine (The sphere of the image) consists of two balls, one chromed and the other of a sanguine red, barely touching each other as they sit still on the floor, the red one being reflected in the spherical surface of the chromium. The work of Massimo Grimaldi is a methacrylate red structure that automatically activates a playlist at fixed intervals—which would  supposedly continue to play music even if nobody were there to listen. David Horvitz presents a work consisting of two iPhones displaying images of a sunset in a inhabited sea landscape. Another of Horowitz’s work, Nautical Dusk, requires that the gallery close everyday at a different time in correspondence to the sunset, shifting the plan of working hours from a man-based time to the rhythm of night and day. Thanks to a surreal literary pretext, the paradoxical scenario of the disappearance of humanity evolves into a series of questions that address the very fabric of human activities. What is the swarming activity of man made of? What is the purpose of counting the passing the of time? How is the perception of space related to the way we inhabit it?

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://www.co2gallery.com/to-meggy-weiss-lo-surdo-happy-hours/

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Santo Tolone, Hai ragione, ho messo troppa polvere esplosiva in questi sigari and Rodooolfo!, 2014, collage, glasses

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David Horvitz, The distance of a day, 12 min video in loop on iphones

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Renato Leotta, Piano piano (abitare il tempo, calco di spiaggia dedicato a una donna), 2014, sand and plaster

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Magali Reus, Parking (Fiji), 2013, polyester resin, pvc, cotton, pigment

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To Meggy Weiss Lo Surdo, Happy Hours, 2014, installation view of Renato Leotta Belvedere and Michelangelo Pistoletto La sfera dell’immagine

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To Meggy Weiss Lo Surdo, Happy Hours, 2014, installation view of Massimo Grimaldi Playlist March 2013

 

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