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J’ai tendu des cordes de clocher à clocher; des guirlandes de fenêtre à fenêtre; des chaines d’or d’étoile à étoile, et je danse.

Mario Airò

08.05.2008 | 28.06.2008
Massimo De Carlo, Milano
Mario Airò was born in Pavia in 1961. He lives and works between Milan and Tuscany. Airò's work intends to produce feelings and physical sensations, which should be highly emotional. Made by objects, images, texts, sound and light, his works are inspired by a wide range of cultural references, and attain a delicate yet fascinating goal to transform the exhibition place into a mental space. Unreal spaces of attempted perfection that evoke a sense of dream life, rather than real life. His works represents life moments filtered through desire, or affective memory, that reduces the kaleidoscope of reality to its simplest elements, which are meant to be extended out of all proportions. Airò has also shown at the GAM in Turin, at the P.S.1 in New York, at the Castello di Rivoli, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, at the S.M.A.K. in Gent, and at the Triennale in Milan. On the occasion of the exhibition at Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Airò shows some mechanized panels, placed at different heights all around the exhibition space. Each panel, suspended in mid air, is set up to produce smooth, circular motion of some tree leaves. Yet these leaves become alive, as though animated by the panels, floating all around the room. Languidly twisting and turning, leaves rustle so as to simulate an imaginary dance composition. The title of the exhibition - ’I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.’ - is a quotation from Rimbaud’s last poetic work, Les Illuminations, which was set to music by Hector Zazou, too. Together with the revolving and rotational motion of the leaves, a surround music spreads all over the room: the artist also composed a feverish various soundtrack, which was assembled from various sources – pop, rock, classical music - and re-recorded in an eclectic mix of medieval music and contemporary songs. The sound experience ensures complete audio support to the visual experience, and creates a warm atmosphere, intimate and protected, reinforcing the illusion of the suspended twisting leaves.

The Artist

Mario Airò
Pavia, 1961. Lives and works in Milano e Radda in Chianti (Siena).