5 March – 14 April 2016
Opening Saturday 5 March 2016 6.30 pm
Whenever I devote myself to a new process or a new material, I come up against a range of limitations that is different every time: often my work is to push the materials as far as they can go. I believe that interesting things begin to happen, starting from a genuine physical relationship between the images, when we go beyond the limitations of photographic paper and start to have a physical relationship with the material.
Equivalenze by Federico Grandicelli, curated by 3/3, Chiara Capodici and Fiorenza Pinna, is the first exhibition in the Honos spaces to present an artist working primarily with photography. Here the photographic medium moves within and beyond its limits, becoming a sculpture and a totem, a study and a bi-unique correspondence: visual traces of an experimental act in which the transparency of photography, the presumed direct relationship between reality and representation is simultaneously demonstrated and negated, traversed and unfolded.
The gallery space becomes a field of action in which a process of mutation is staged, following a dynamics of equivalences lacking a precise end point, as if endowed with their own natural circularity.
The totems are the only colour photographs. Monolithic and sculptural, they force the gaze to query the relationship between the generating reality and the resulting image, and on the possibility of a stable relationship between these two elements, not subject to chance alterations, here expressed by equivalences.
These dyads of images consist of black and white Polaroids, showing photographic paper sculptures exposed by Grandicelli, and by the paper itself that, unfolded at a later point, seems to take the form of a purely abstract figure.
The ideal bi-unique relationship, that which in theory would render idea and object, word and thought, image and reality, signifier and signified perfectly superimposable, is countered by a playful and spontaneous gesture, folding the photosensitive paper and giving it the childish form of an aeroplane.
Thoughts become objects and plunge into a whirl of three-dimensional forms, the dynamic studies, that in turn unfold into the studies: formal visions, the not wholly intentional effects of a practical process that, thanks to this element of incalculability, becomes living matter.
In the shadows of the darkroom, -in this case a laboratory and a studio, a place of action and speculation - among the folds of the sheets- takes shape the combination of linear logical thought and a strong materiality that frees itself beyond the two-dimensionality of the image to re-appropriate the profundity of lived space.
Federico Grandicelli, born in Rome in 1982, took a degree in physics and then a diploma at the ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York in 2011. He has lived and worked in Oslo for a number of years. A member of the association Forbundet Frie Fotografer – FFF Norway, he is co-creator of the project room/artist space StudioStudio.
A photographer and expert in traditional colour printing, he has always worked with abstract images and their potential, transforming his darkroom into a studio.
Grandicelli’s experimentation does not stop with his work with photographic materials and techniques; in his works it is charged with profound reflections on the nature of photography itself.
He has held a series of solo exhibitions, including “Capture and Release”, The Rita K. Hillman Gallery, Manhattan, New York (2011); “Interior Dichotomy”, Cyan Gallery, Oslo (2013) and “The Fox and The Grapes”, Italian Cultural Institute, Oslo (2014).
His group shows include, “Postcard from the Edges”, Cheim & Read Gallery, Manhattan, New York, (2011); “Merge Volume 2” – Video/Interactive Art, CPR Centre for Performance Research, Brooklyn, New York (2014); “Disparitions”, Honore` Gallery, Rue Visconti, Paris (2015).
With the artist Sara Skorgan Teigen he has created and curated the exhibitions “No Latency”, Hudson River Club, Manhattan, New York (2012) and “Capacità”, Castello Ducale Orsini, Fiano Romano (2012)
He is also the author of various publications, including the fanzine “Capacità” (2012) and the artist’s book “Colors with Pictures” (2013).
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