Paolo Grassino "Dio non è qui"
Francesco Sena "Pochi di me"
RoomnumberOne Hubert Kostner "Passo Sella"
Opening: February 1st 2007, 18:00
Duration of the exhibition: 1.2.2007-17.3.2007
The complex, large scaled work of Paolo Grassino presents totally contradictory positions loaded with tension as well from materialistic point of view as well as regarding its content. It's not only the extraordinary materials such as PVC, acrylic and aluminium he uses leading us to this impression, it's above all the transformation of vital subjects like humans, animals, or even the human heart into almost petrified objects and their complex content Grassino transport via his art. The main piece of the exhibition is the giant work "Cardiaco", a heart made of woven PVC-sponge. In this work Grassino points out the dialectic between the artificial and the natural, vitality and stiffness revealing as a consequence subtly differentiated perception of reality. Due to it's specially woven surface structure the objects gains fragility, though the industrial material he uses suggests strength and durability. The ambivalence of apparent contrasts - the natural and the artificial - also appears in the piece "Demolire democratico", a crashed MIC made of black PVC. Knots already find their ways through the crashed plane. Besides the purely materialistic dialectic Grassino leads the discourse in this work due to the chosen subject and title (demolire democratico - democratic demolition) on a political level.
The work of Francesco Sena keeps the spectator on distance as the waxed surfaces give the impression of looking through frosted glass and force you to observe the scenes from certain distance - but the farer you step the more curious you get to take a close look on what's happening behind the diffuse wax layer, to get to know the foggy world behind the surface. Senas work almost has the character of a still - befogged city sceneries, a sleeping women or a man lying on the ground with an eagle about to settle on him - all those moments that provoke the spectators fantasy so the fuzzy contoured scenes that first seemed to be banal and uneventful finally get more and more enigmatic. The pictorial light is an important aspect in Senas art. There are no rays, there is no central light source, there are no shadows but nevertheless the scenes are bathed in a kind of light known from stages and motion picture and their colouring even supports the cinematographic touch of the works.
The young artist Hubert Kostner from South Tyrol deals very ironically with tourist clichés and parodies the almost kitschy tourist perception of alpine surroundings. Postcard-like mountains are being chiseled in wooden pieces and coated with yellow varnish reflecting the light as if it was made out of gold. The seat of a pink Biedermaier-easy-chair is covered with pine-forest idyll and peaks surrounded by cotton wool suggest harmony with nature - a natural phenomenon everybody can enjoy, being lifted up mechanically in alpine altitudes as we can see in the piece "Bellavista". Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna presents Kostners ironic - satiric work in RoomnumberOne.
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