Of all our senses, it is our sense of hearing which helps us to keep our balance and allows us to experience what is happening in the world around us. And it is this sense of hearing which is lost in Puggioni’s work. The characters portrayed in his work in oil, a mix between the atmosphere of the Flemish artists and David Cronenberg’s films, emit no sounds.
The transformation with which plant grafts contort the faces of his characters, at times out of all recognition, is not brought about by ear-shattering or violent acts, but by the mute and inevitable advancement of the evolutionary path; the transformation takes place slowly and in silence, in the same way insects shed their heavy exoskeletons to emerge as completely different creatures.
Evolution is never explosive, never strident and, above all, it is never predicable. In Dario Puggioni’s work, the human figure, brightly highlighted against a dark background, is in the midst of a transformation which is feared but nevertheless expected.
The White Noise Gallery’s lower ground floor experimental space used as a project room for site-specific installations, will be transformed into a three-dimensional representation of Dario Puggioni’s work with hanging trees and sculptural elements; here our visitors will also be able to recover their sense of hearing.