The Stray Statue Paradox // Il paradosso della statua randagia
Curated by Gabriele Tosi
October 19th - November 12, 2017
Artists: Silvia Cogotzi, Matteo Coluccia, Silvia Coppola, Davide D’Amelio, Stefano Giuri, Sam Kamal Beik, Jovana Krstic, Lori Lako, Gabriele Mauro, Erika Pellicci
The Stray Statue Paradox features a selection of works by ten artists from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence which spans a diverse range of media, exploring the different aspects and possibilities opened up by a peripheral observation of the concept of posture and pose.
Curator Gabriele Tosi explains, "Though posture and pose are among the principal themes across nearly all classical artistic disciplines, it should be noted how these notions survive today not as formal objectives or outcomes, but rather as part of the the contemporary process of meaning-making." At first glance, Tosi's intention is made clear by the artists' challenging use of gallery itself, which has been intentionally left airy and uncrowded, inviting the viewer to seek out the work around the space, outside in the courtyard, tucked under the radiator, propped up on the floor, or even on a bookshelf in the building's reception area. The gallery itself becomes part of the show, asking the viewer to question its limits.
Again, Tosi: "Through a de-centralized use of these canonical elements of posture and pose, the exhibited artworks lead the viewer into various fields of interest. Instead of constructing forms, the artists investigate how we perceive form, and what a certain form can truly reveal. A particular position of a body in space, for example, can bring with it political and social reflections or reactions; while a familiar silhouette can serve as the location for society’s expression of its fears, tensions, interests, contradictions, and also for new forms of prejudice and classism." As seen in the powerful performance by Sam Kamal Beik in which the artist, who is also a mixed martial arts athlete, physically fights with a pillar of clay, or in Stefano Giuri's performance in which 11 performers stand frozen in poses throughout the gallery space, the artists engage and challenge both the foundational materials and concepts of artmaking.
"Furthermore," says Tosi, "the exhibition looks to analyse posture and pose even when a proper body is not perceived, presented, or represented. In this way, minute tensions and perpetual adjustments become a gauge to measure human adaptability in a specific environment," as seen in the graphic works Idoneità Posturale by Matteo Coluccia which identify the essential forms of the body in observed sitting and standing positions. The almost playful yet equally poignant piece by Gabriele Mauro, in which he scratched the iconic forms of Botticelli's Venus and Leonardo da Vinci's Vetruvian Man onto a lottery ticket, reinforces how "the role of memory and the possibility of shaping the future are brought to the fore, suggesting that sometimes contours and outlines are the most malleable substance of convention, structure and contemporary dogma."
This exhibition marks the beginning of a new relationship between SACI and the Accademia di Belle Arti, laying the groundwork for future dialogue between the students of these two institutions. Following SACI’s invitation to propose a show for the Maidoff Gallery, Robert Pettena (artist and professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence) invited the curator Gabriele Tosi to review the practices of a group of his former and current students and to work with them to produce The Stray Statue Paradox.
The exhibition will be on view until November 12, 2017.
With the support of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.
JULES MAIDOFF GALLERY
Via Sant'Egidio, 14
50122 Florence, Italy
T/F 055 240 910
Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-7pm
Please note: from Monday, October 30 to Sunday, November 5 the gallery will be open from 9am-5pm, with the exception of November 1st when the gallery will be closed for the holiday.