|Du 23 au 27 avril 2011|
The title of this exhibition echoes that of the magazine L’AUR’AMARA, that Pietro Finelli
directed and published in Milan between 1994 and 1995. The four of these that
transpired predominantly consisted of literary arguments. The last of these published
five drawings of artists along with their choice of a literary or philosophical excerpt
that related to that work ( the artists were Maurizio Cattelan, Nada Cingolani, Pietro
Finelli, Fabrizio Passarella, Franco Silvestro, and this magazine will be on display).
Today, as an extension of that experience, artists were invited to exhibit a work,
possibly on paper, that has a connection with a text. This text is not necessarily
included as an addition to the work, but may be interjected into the its interior.
L’AUR’AMARA is drawn from the first line of a celebrated song by the Occitan poet
Arnaut Daniel, which reads:
fa.ls broils brancuz
que.l dos’espeis’a foils,
dels aucels ramens
te balbs e muz
per qu’eu m’esfors
de far e dir
a manz per lei
qui m’a virat bas d’aut,
don tem morir
si l’afanz no m’adoma.
The bitter aura / makes those bough-laden woods / barren, / which the sweet one
thickens with leaves, / and the gleeful / beaks / of the wandering birds / it keeps
stammering and dumb, / couples / and single ones, / therefore I endeavour / to act
and speak / pleasantly / to many for the sake of her / who has cast me low from high,
/ for whom I dread to die / if my grievance isn't eased.
The Arnaldian text represents one of the highest developments of his poetry on a
lingustic-ontological level. This is especially noted in the verses that allude to a bitter
aura that bares while the sweet aura covers; a taking off and putting on of being that
in the metaphorical language of the poet indirectly intends the existential condition of
the artist that he or she subdues, in order to bring or receive a message of love.
The relationship between art and literature is ancient as the disciplines themselves.
The passages between one and the other has consisted of and has created a
fundamental intellectual connection in the biographies of artists and writers. We vitally
believe in advancing a choice, through the work of some of the artists participating in
the project, of this symbiosis and intervention that seals traces and paths in the
individual biographies of the artists, which reveal untold aspects and choices made by
each of them. The exhibition is designed to present primarily works on paper, a
medium that is surprisingly ductile. Paper lends itself to infinite manipulations,
transcriptions, depositions, and representations. Recently, paper’s function seems to
be put in discussion with digital media as it is possible to transfer this “function” of
paper to various and proper means that transmit immaterial images (though cinema
has already given the first sense of the immaterial image). In any case, this
interaction between paper and the “thing” – that is composed of graphic marks,
writings, photographs, or also those that have to do with paper that undergoes a
process of anamorphosis or of that which reproduces an idea in itself, always reveals a
lightness and a malleability, united with a texture that touches the mind and body.
This show does not intend to absolutely provide a set of samples of what paper
represents in the artistic field, but it seeks to indicate a sensibility which different
contemporary artists have in common: the capability to recall those qualities which
are less apparent and less spectacular, which, in fact, are the distinguishing factors in
so much present-day art. The aura (intense as an aura, as air, as a season, as a
predisposition of the self) which the poet alludes to, allows one free to choose, to give
or not to give, and overall, across the gift of art, of contributing to the
intercommunication between beings that remains as one of the fundamental
assumptions of our existential condition.
Artists participating in the exhibition:
Alessandra Svatek & Artur Magrot
Hannelore Van Dijck
Christina Maria Pfeifer
Curated by Bustos Domenech
23 through 27 April 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, 23 April 6:00 pm
La Générale en Manufacture 6, Grande Rue, 92310, Sèvres, Paris
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