Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition by Giulio Paolini on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7 pm.
For his third solo exhibition at the Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Giulio Paolini presents five new large works and eighteen new works on paper.
The exhibition opens with Red Carpet, which is already announced by the invitation's image. If the title refers to the uniform surface of the symbolic red carpet used for guests of honour and prestigious walkways, the artwork installed on the ground suggests, on the contrary, an irregular spot of blood colour that evokes a fatal accident (the image turned in red refers to the ink stain of Sainte Vierge II by Francis Picabia). At the centre, the plaster casts of two feet, placed at an elevated position on a small Plexiglas box, allude in their pure white smoothness to a presence, a hypothetical figure, in sharp contrast with the tragic atmosphere of the spot on the ground. Between the two levels - the artist says – the eye measures "the distance between conceiving to be there and its impossibility."
The fourth room is dedicated to Promenade, which aligns twelve different moments of the same subject - the profile of a base - combined with iconographic elements and set in front of a changing sky.
The fifth and final room hosts Terra di nessuno: at the centre of the room there is an easel with an empty Plexiglas case containing four fragments of a drawing and a primed canvas is set in oblique position between its struts. All components refer to a picture but do not reveal it: the gaze captures the suggestions but gets lost even before the vision is complete.