Galerie Philippe David is delighted to be the venue for Zurich-born conceptional artist Nino Miloni’s very first exhibition: ‘Think About It.’
40-year-old Nino is self-taught, his works draw on his observations and musings about the world around us all, resulting in his unique and exceptional works. Miloni’s aim is make the observer part of the work, drawing them in, and making them connect and think about what they are seeing.
Miloni uses a range of high-quality materials; juxtaposing woods, metals and bold three-dimensional multi-coloured neon elements, which combine to create arresting and searching works.
Nino Miloni focusses on the tools of our everyday life, often banal and overlooked objects; waste paper bins, clothes pegs and the like. Miloni shatters the object’s mundanity, encouraging the onlooker to challenge their perception and consciousness, demanding them to question and examine their own emotions and understandings. He makes the spectator part of the piece, creating a dynamism and relationship between viewed and viewer.
Emotional Rubbish challenges us to reflect on what we hold onto in our lives; the emotional waste that litters the mind. It questions how much is relevant and important, and what can be cast aside and jettisoned. The artist invites the observer to physically throw away the useless emotional detritus of their lives, and so free up their minds. It enables the onlooker to reflect on what is important to keep hold of and what is merely incumbering emotional baggage.
In Traps, Miloni includes 350 mousetraps, reflecting the traps that everyone is prone to encounter throughout their lives. Each stage and age of life creates a myriad of snares and pitfalls that humans must navigate and negotiate around. Miloni asks us to focus our feelings on those that have been met, how they have entrapped and ensnared us, and what still entangles us emotionally and how can one escape from their vice-like grip.
Mikado challenges the human need for uniformity and orthodoxy. The artist includes a rod that stands out from the rest, encouraging us to dare to challenge and reject the conformity embedded in the human condition.
In all these pieces Nino Miloni involves, challenges and interrogates the observer; encouraging them to question and reflect on their own opinions and perceptions. In other words, Miloni is giving us the chance to -Think About It.