09.05.2009 - 30.06.2009
OPENING SATURDAY 9 MAY 2009, 6.30 PM
The new engravings, collages and sculptures that Francesco Barocco has made for this exhibition investigate the ephemeral borderline that separates the familiar from the enigmatic, the known from the occult, the visible from the impenetrable. This meeting of conflicting opposites creates an atmosphere of powerful overtones, in which each work becomes a vehicle for unconscious claims that could not otherwise be expressed.
In some works, cuttings of pictures of hair are like spirited tesserae, creating allusive abstrac t shapes that are alluring and, at the same time, slightly disquieting. These works appear as a sort of naturalcontinuation of Max Ernst’s collage novels, in which surreal and disconcerting visions transform a simple hairstyle into a palpitating sexual organ.
In the creation of another of the installations on show, Francesco Barocco juxtaposed and then photographed books with illustrations of fragments of eighteenth-century sculptures. A personal reinterpretationof images highlights the initiatory and slightly erotic aspect of these depictions.
The set-up of the display is as important as the works themselves, and becomes an integral part of them. Various engravings are framed and partly concealed by brass structures, creating spatial rhythms like thresholds that repel and, at the same time attract: geometrical sculptures that translate the ideas implicit in the exhibition into three-dimensional form.
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