THE POOL NYC in VENICE
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
On the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale, THE POOL NYC gallery presents NOTTURNO PIÚ, a group show curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio.
There are the ones who see the nocturne in Giotto's Comet, in San Pietro’s Liberation by Raffaello, in Tintoretto's work, or even in the Two Men who contemplate the moon by David Caspar Friedrich. Others, in poetry like To the Moon by Giacomo Leopardi, in Whistler’s golden blue color, in the solar stars by Van Gogh, or in futuristic works by Balla and Boccioni. We could go back and forth from dawn to dusk in drawing up the list of artworks whose subject or setting is the night. Certainly, the night was very much courted by the romantics, an era in which the nocturne (nocturne en français) was born. First as a musical work, a form of free, sweet and moderate music that linked up with the serenade. Chopin wrote 21 Nocturnes, Beethoven cheers us with the Moonlight Sonata, even Satie and Debussy did not escape the enterprise. Even literature did not miss the night and the Nocturne as Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann or even Leopardi with the Night Song of a wandering shepherd from Asia. The invitation to the present Notturno Più exhibit is borrowed from the first cover of the Notturno book, a collection of intimist pizzini written blindfolded because of wounds by the great poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. It is in this evocative frame that we inscribed information and artists’ names for the Notturno Più exhibition. They are the ones whose work allows returning with the imagination and the memory in the night, in that space time border in which the imagination expands confidentially with the poetics of Mario Airò, Atelier Biagetti, Laura Baldassari, Bertozzi & Casoni, Michel Courtemanche, Mariella Bettineschi, Tomaso Binga, Stefano Cerio, CTRL ZAK, Eteri Chkadua, Jan Fabre, Patrick Jacobs, Ugo La Pietra, Lorenzo Marini, Maria Teresa Meloni, Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Mondino, Francesca Montinaro, Fabio Novembre, Maurizio Orrico, OVO, Paola Pivi, Sarah Revoltella, Jonathan Rider, Andrea Salvatori, Denis Santachiara, Federico Solmi, Giuseppe Stampone, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Vedovamazzei, Alice Visentin.
Ours is not only nocturne, it’s Notturno Più. As night and nocturne are also understood in the form of Blues and Jazz; not only because of the music of the soul, but because of the possibility of jam sessions that offer above all the second. Therefore, it’s an exhibition that is free and mildly moderate, intended as a musical score and set up in a scene writing mode as Carmelo Bene liked to say. A writing - an exhibition in which each artist enters himself and his different work as a composition of a collectively diversified vision with his own unique and complex poetics. The original ones by Mario Airò, the hospitable luxury by Atelier Biagetti, or portraits from the hidden physiognomy of Laura Baldassari's lysergic painting, Bertozzi & Casoni’s ceramic realism, the plastic skill of Michel Courtemanche, Mariella Bettineschi’s double feminine gaze, Tomaso Binga’s feminist alphabet, Stefano Cerio’s non-photographic places, the overturned project of CTRL ZAK, the painting testimony of the myths and everyday life of Georgia by Eteri Chkadua, the metamorphic melancholy now blue by Jan Fabre, the meticulous and silent Lilliputian dioramas of Patrick Jacobs, the critical architectural landscape reflections of Ugo La Pietra, the chromatically and futuristically mobile alphabets by Lorenzo Marini, the detailed and ancient portraits by Maria Teresa Meloni, the abstract-futurist signs-decorum by Alessandro Mendini, the illuminating ironic sculptures by Aldo Mondino, the potted plants that hide sculptures of migrant environments by Francesca Montinaro. Fabio Novembre’s tension towards the useless, the abstract-informal paintings by Maurizio Orrico, the precariously hardcover project by OVO, the expansive sign energy of Paola Pivi, the sculptural portraits of the polarized families by Sarah Revoltella, the discrete and almost invisible environmental sculptures by Jonathan Rider, the cosmic vases by Andrea Salvatori, the animated-figured project by Denis Santachiara, the exuberant, noisy and ironic works of Federico Solmi, the responsibly ethical drawings by Giuseppe Stampone, the re-reading of the daily visual codes in the light of the multidisciplinary nature of Patrick Tuttofuoco, the ironic and arrogant landscapes by Vedovamazzei, the playfully shamanic paintings by Alice Visentin.
With this diversity made of 31 artists, the exhibition is an expressive chorus of poetics, techniques, materials that form Notturno Più, where the Più (Plus) is no longer just for the night, but the day and night together, like our life, they can no longer be solitary. This is a group show, an exhibition practice in which you need to be at least in two, the one and the other. Starting a community that counts 31 others, 31 artists with countless works to us, as to them, necessary both day and night to be found in the Notturno Più.
THE POOL NYC at PALAZZO CESARI MARCHESI
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio
Calle Rombiasio 2539 Venezia. Vaporetto Stop: GIGLIO
Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 7th, from 6 to 9 pm
8 May-15 June 2019
Open daily: 11-7