Paolo Piscitelli, Orticaio

Giovanni De Lazzari, Memorandum

Giovanni De Lazzari, Memorandum (detail)

Thin Line

Giovanni De Lazzari presented by Anna Daneri
Fabio Palmieri presented by Alessandra Poggianti
Paolo Piscitelli presented by Michela Arfiero

curated by Milovan Farronato

March 3 - 19, 2005

Subtle shifts in meaning, little distractions or maniac repetitions characterise a pseudo-normal life that translates intentional acts in unintentional gestures. A sort of constraint of repetition rules the dynamics of daily life. Only a thin line separates the unintentional from the at least implicitly wanted accident; fortuity from imputability.
Even if art cannot menace a difficult to trace orthodoxy with unclear canons, it often chooses to make danger the subject of representation – maybe with the intent to document how the art of living makes us constantly face risky situations. Thin Line does not intend to express a catastrophic idea of danger, it rather illustrates those recurrent situations of alarm, often wrongly considered to be accidental, unpredictable, totally fortuitous. To cross with the red light nearly becomes metaphor for a constant challenge, an involuntary taking of a position; the portrait of a grey cloud turns out to be a prediction that needs interpretations.
The thin line is between the total non-imputability and the premonition of the risk that one chooses to take. If in the first case the idea of challenge is completely absent, in the second it urges us to experiment situations of menace, nearly because of an arrogance that makes us not accept our limits – physical as well as psychical – and thus recognise our responsibilities.

Through works by Giona Bernardi, Sergio Breviario, Valerio Carrubba, Nemanja Cvjianovic, Giovanni De Lazzari, Elenia Depedro, Andrea Galvani, Nicola Gobbetto, Giovanni Kronenberg, Gino Lucente, Fabio Palmieri, Paolo Piscitelli, Marinella Senatore and Matteo Tontini, Thin Line intends to light the light of consciousness, which is not only knowledge but also judgement. Through obsessive repetitions, fragile balances, sentimental traps, incautious distractions, childish games and disturbing silences the show will offer the opportunity to recognise and read signs of those repeated alarms that often go unobserved.

Anna Daneri on Giovanni De Lazzari
The daily is invented through a series of small frauds
The erosion of certainties, the sense of vivifying peril that art can suggest emerges from Giovanni De Lazzari’s work silently, but with irremovable firmness.
Memorandum is a work begun in 2002: microscopic drawings that float on the white sheet, contours of objects that recall the gestures repeated every day, dematerialising them. They are notes distilled in time, and with lightness they build up a microcosm inhabited by persons-objects that often travel in twos (as if to say: The union makes the force!).The crystalline sign now and then gets red stains on itself: it is the error that bursts into what we consider consolidated, shifting its sense, removing it from what is common. The big challenge of this work, its maturity, is in fact in the nearly involuntary production of astonishment: the more it appears to be common, the more it turns out to be mysterious.

With the support of Comune di Milano - Settore Tempo Libero


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