Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition of Laurent Grasso Friday, May 13th, 2011
at 7.30 pm. The artist will be present.
The Alfonso Artiaco’s Project Space will house a selection of works which narrate Laurent Grasso’s aesthetic research in diversified ways.
The viewers, who look at Grasso’s works (born in France in 1972), lose their conceptual sense of direction to reconsider their line of thought to embrace Grasso’s unique and more ambiguous reality that encompasses art, fiction, science and technology. (Arnauld Pierre)
The aesthetic sensibility of the artist, in fact, aims to express a continually shifting viewpoint. Manipulating often imagery by imposing unusual perspective, he subverts the viewer’s instinct to accept what he sees in the reality. The “moving” viewpoint becomes, for the artist, synonymous with the different phases of consciousness.
The neon installation “1610”, the work that gives the title to the exhibition, reproduces a section of Pleiadum Constellatio (in "Sidereus Nuncius", Galileo Galilei, 1610) and follows the idea of image reworking and its placement in an undefined place where the viewer cannot locate references. As the starlight takes time to get to our eyes, so neon, presented on this occasion, is made, starting from a constellation Galileo himself drew in 1610. In an aesthetic research on power and its appearance, when Galileo was rehabilitated by the Church, the artist was invited by the Vatican to a meeting with other artists in the Sistine Chapel, and found the drawing of Galileo in a communication document by the Pontifical Council of Culture of the Vatican.
The imagery of Grasso is taken from the cinema and art history in order to recreate in videos, sculptures and, most recently, paintings and drawings, like “Studies into the past”, phenomena – both human and natural – that represent surreal and ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space. His search has always been strongly characterized by the interest in the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves, and natural phenomena. In the video “Polair” the camera follows the propagation of a pollen cloud in Berlin. The Fernsehturm (“the television tower”) becomes the icon of the electrical and magnetic sources of the city that attract the cloud.