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IT figures the recovery of the classical sense in contemporary art


curated and written by Carolina Lio


exhibition period:
October 6 – October 27, 2012
opening reception:
Saturday, October 06, 5 – 7pm
artists will be in attendance

Catalog available, text by the curator.
Editions: Red Elation, Hong Kong

Gallery hours: 12 noon – 6 pm, Tuesday – Saturday.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.

Free admittance.

Red Elation Gallery is delighted to present the project IT figures that compares three names of Italian contemporary art on the theme of the recovery of classical representation in the most current art researches. The exhibition, which will open Saturday, October 6 at 5pm, presents a selection of recent works by Franco Anzelmo, Giuseppe Biguzzi and Silvio Porzionato, chosen for their ability to combine individual and social issues of contemporary man with the Italian figurative and aesthetic traditions. The exhibition path, consisting of sculptures by Anzelmo and paintings by Biguzzi and Porzionato, summarizes one of the most pressing needs of the art system: the restoration of a contact between the art of today and its history.

The exhibition curator, Carolina Lio, writes in the catalog: “The contemporary art of recent decades has pursued experimentation. The acceleration of this system, as well as all other social and economic schemes of our time, has turned the necessary intellectual action by the avant-garde in a run-up without control to the novelty and provocation. What mostly suffered in this situation was the continuity bonds with the history of art, often deliberately broken in a sort of rejection that many contemporary artists have long perpetuated against a conception also aesthetics of art. But the new planetary crises, first of all the economic one, put us in front of the need for selection of contents and for their redefinition. Where to start if not from the history of art as reference point? It became clear how important it is to connect the contemporary to the past in a way of meaning that evolves but does not disown itself”.

It’s so that in the great museums and galleries and hence in the big fairs, painting and sculpture designed in the classic sense, after having been considered obsolete for years, gradually came out again confirming the need for a cultured connection with history and for a traceability of an aesthetic path within the experiences of art. At the same time, so that the work of art has a meaning, it must be inserted in a contemporary context that, in our time facing a critical vision of itself, often results in a lack of context, requiring a reinvention.

It is no coincidence that paintings by both Giuseppe Biguzzi and Silvio Porzionato are decontextualized portraits, respectively on a neutral and minimal backgrounds, in which the human being is alone at the testing ground of a new relationship with himself. In the case of Biguzzi we find ourselves faced with anxious and disappointed young women, alienated, that deny the gaze and shut themselves away in an indefinitely and melancholic wait. Whereas subjects by Porzionato show a boldness in contrast with their loneliness and their helpless nakedness, giving the idea of characters struggling with an inner strength exercise. Both artists are trying to open their subjects to a fresh look on the world and on themselves. Just as has already happened in the sculptures by Franco Anzelmo, where new men, like an Adam of a second generation lost in time, discover a life pure and uncluttered, archetype of innocence, cleansed and free, where to move lightly reaching to challenge gravity and any other heavy laws of the world.

The exhibition will remain in the gallery until November 3, 2012, from Tuesday to Saturday from 12noon to 6pm. Catalogue available with text by the curator.

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