Bad Trip (Unknown+Daniele Galliano)

Eleonora Castagnone
Nov 11, 2014 9:15AM

Bad Trip is Daniele Galliano’s latest painting adventure. It originated from his idle and curious wanderings in the twists and turns of the city, while looking for forgotten paintings in the maze of tiny streets at Balôn: artifacts unearthed amidst the rubble and chaos of the flea market. Like Baudelaire’s flaneur, the artist scours the city and finds a world of dormant marginal objects, dusty “little things of bad taste”, broken gears once belonging to a decadent and decaying petty bourgeoisie.

No more blank canvases, nor simply a recycling of material, the pictures by amateur Sunday painters, with their withered exoticism and their naïve symbolic value, become a new support for works of art. However, Bad Trip is not restorative painting: it is meta-painting. It is not re-use, it is abuse, it is an artistic foray. Galliano’s intruders are squatters and ravers, tribes of lysergic and hallucinatory characters that burst into the aesthetic and moral preconceived space and re-appropriate it - occupying and re-inventing it.

The result is an uneven two-part narrative, a syncretism of meanings and worlds, and multilayered representations of parallel universes that could be brought together only by a forced and risky maneuver, able to create a new aesthetic and a new order of things.

The artistic journey is accomplished when the viewers’ eyes end up subverting the layers of the work, and can no longer separate the kitsch landscape of anonymous painters from Galliano’s intruders. Just like when you cross your eyes to see the three-dimensional scenes of stereograms, Galliano’s “bad trips” also invite you to look at the world with an oblique gaze: the scenarios thereby cease to have tampered backgrounds and instead, have become the real destinations of their psychedelic and surreal characters.

Bad Trip consists of 9 paintings made in 2013 by intervening with oil paint on canvases and wood panels of anonymous authors. 

The whole series was shown for the first time at Artissima 2014, by In Arco gallery.  

Eleonora Castagnone