Fondazione Volume! will follow the invitation by artemonte-carlo taking part to the second edition of the art fair, on the 29th and 30th of April, in the non profit and Institution’s section. On this occasion, along with the photographic documentation of the story of VOLUME! and some maquette of the exhibition held in its gallery space in Trastevere, the Foundation chooses to present a new work by Giuseppe Gallo, one of the artists of Nuova Scuola Romana.
Gallery No.5, designed for the Monegasque "Salon", is the fifth version of a project begun in 2012, inspired by the henhouse, and hides several ironic prospectives, linked to puns and to elements from the natural sphere, always recurring in the work of the artist.
These houses for cock and hens, conceived originally for his house in the countryside, started out as personal spaces, where to feel at ease, and to be reunited with the memories of his childhood. In a wider prospective the henhouses become a sort of family spaces, including ironically, the art system. The “galleries” do not loose their original purpose, but they play with the concept of becoming the place where the ideas-egg are born.
Each “Gallery” is a unique artwork, designed in total respect for the environment, made of precious materials. The stairs are derived from hand-carved oak branches and the paint used is ecological.
In the obligatory path of the art fair, the viewer found himself in front of an object that surprises and intrigues, because of its decontestualization and the consequent relocation in an unusual setting as a place for showing art can be.
This procedure is something really close to what Fondazione VOLUME! does since the beginning, following its main goals and responsibilities, willing to propose a fruition of the arts that can encourage continuous connections and unusual points of view, allowing the public not just to see, but also to experience the artwork.
Gallo’s artwork puts the spectator in front of many questions about his nature and the motivation of its presence there, questions that are well stated and widen by the words of the philosopher Stefano Velotti, which accompany the exhibition: “The heart of the henhouse is perhaps elsewhere, maybe is in brooding the eggs, and in their fecundation. […] And after all every work of art is like an egg poised between life and death, between what ages, discloses, reveals - that erupts from a shell - and what is always already past, already, memories of what is not there anymore. Empty husk.”