I've been here before
Nicola Genovese (IT) explores our induced ideas on a mythical past, of an ever more improbable future, of an exotic land full of warriors coming out of the forest. At the same time, the objects from our home, assembled in his sculptures, seem to know far more than the stereotypes we are immerged in and, keeping silent, they bring us somewhere else...maybe where we come from.
Dienstag, 15. November, 19:00
16. November - 18. November, 15:00 - 18:00
Born 1971 in Dolo (Venezia), Nicola Genovese works and lives in Padua (Italy). The presented works were developed during an artist in residence stay at Altelierhaus Salzamt.
How many shapes can an object take, and become something radically different from its original use? How many lives can an involutarily funny or awkward family photo live? Nicola Genovese’s artistic practice devises a process of accumulation and assemblage of elements apparently distant from each other in order to give them a second opportunity, a new life. Yellowed pictures founds in flea markets, photograph books and outdated didactic materials, but also everyday objects, receive a new breath of life through his hands, almost as if he were a modern sorcerer's apprentice. Images which work through quick unconscious associations, often evoking misterious shapes and meanings. And just like it happens in contemporary culture, where religions and mythologies often become personal and artificial, these objects don't have any connection with the shape they generate, yet are able to reproduce it very closely. The works are the result of two different, although coherent procedures. One part is based on the recycling of old, only apparently trivial, images, upon which he intervened with a minimal and ironic touch. The second series is the result of reissuing shapes which have a strong, immediate everyday connotation, though are able to generate new meanings. His works can evoke at the same time familiar and destabilising images while stimulating and blur the spectator's perception.