Gioscia exhibits a new, large-scale installation comprised of two newly fabricated 'Portals' from the artist's long running large scale textile series, which when hung cast shadows on a wall made up of countless small sculptures in various stages of completion. The new 'Portals' portray the artist’s close relationship with her cat Arturo. "Auras and psychic exchanges are enshrined between layers of translucent fabric. Arturo’s hair, meticulously collected during moments of emotional and spiritual exchange, is fused together with other materials, such as old magnetic tapes that the artist left on the shelves of her studio."
"'La Vie matérielle', named after the book of the same name by Marguerite Duras, explores and relates the artistic journey to personal experience. Both Duras’ book and the works in the exhibition are defined by a constant dialogue between ordinary everyday life (of which the body is a crucial element) and the inner, intimate life, torn between its deepest aspirations and reality.
By reusing, hybridising, diverting or decontextualising organic materials and everyday objects and giving them a new life that transcends their usual use, the artists in the exhibition bridge the divide between artistic disciplines.
Through provocative or questioning narratives, fragile or energetic stagings, these very diverse works (assemblages, videos, drawings, sculptures, installations) blend the finished and the unfinished, the knowing and the sensing. The exhibition integrates and explores several senses, in particular vision and touch, through a journey that takes the viewer inside a kind of emotional and mental spider’s web, hoping that at the end of the journey, we will have gained new perspectives on how we perceive and read our shared ‘material world’, and the link that art allows us to create between our body and our inner world."
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Image: Ludovica Gioscia, Telepathic Landscape (detail), 2018. 70 x 211 x 323 cm. Mixed media and plinth. Photographer: Michele Panzeri.