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New Works

Gianfranco Baruchello

12.10.2015 | 21.11.2015

Massimo De Carlo is proud to present the first solo show by Gianfranco Baruchello in its London gallery.

For his first enthralling exhibition at Massimo De Carlo the artist will premiere a series of works realized from 2013 to 2015. Delicately hand made paintings on aluminium together with box constructions and sculptures translate Gianfranco Baruchello’s witty and sophisticated narrative that encompasses a thoughtful, political and light-hearted critique of our society into art.

The exhibition begins with Interiority Complex: the sculpture in the window of the gallery that represents an open body, is key to understand how the artist’s on-going fascination for depicting and mapping the works of the mind has now, in this stage of his career, embraced a new quest. The show is structured as a journey that unveils the different stages of unravelling the relationship between the body and the brain, the exterior and the interior.

Within the first room is the series of aluminium canvases La Formula (the formule), a visual index for all works in the exhibition. The artist’s thoughts around the physical and conceptual notion of being are revealed and mapped on flat surfaces. Small figures, words, characters, tiny objects and anatomical landscapes create a new language that absorbs the gestural and guttural exploration of the innards of the intellect: for example, Time is transformed into a spiralling vortex and Thought into stylized parts of the human body and small insects.

On the lower ground floor, as a new interior-focused dimension is reached and colour slowly fades leaving space to the radicality of black and white, the gaze is invited to adjust. Murmur, the sculpture of an open specular head, is placed at the entrance of the room as an admonition to the viewer; it whispers in multiple languages suggestions of how our eyes should be used. No longer a unilateral gaze but a rhizomatic one, that mentally and emotionally embraces the nine boxes that hang on the walls.

Each box is conceived as a spatial model that encloses a world of its own, the recorded fragmentation of Baruchello’s take on different subjects, from Anatomy to History. Stratification becomes a tool that aids the decoding of the work. As put by the artist the drawings on the last layer of glass are “Ganglions, a mechanism to look at the images that are drawn on the white backgrounds of these objects. Multi dimensional indicators that suggest a series of short circuits in the opposing spaces amongst the adjacencies, superimpositions of image collocations, words and numbers”.

In every box the thoughts are mapped and portrayed around larger shapes that reminisce parts of human organs: these uncanny shapes stem by the four canvases that hang on the wall opposite the room. These four screens represent the creative thought process that generates the boxes. These are four fragments of the same narrative that tackles the monstrous power of the connections between the mind and the viscera. The soft, fluid and gangly shapes create a new system of thought that contra poses immateriality to materiality by opening a discourse on the primordial broth of thoughts and feelings that each of us takes care of.

The Artist

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Gianfranco Baruchello

詹弗兰科·巴鲁切罗(Gianfranco Baruchello,利沃诺,1924 年 - 罗马,2023 年)在罗马和巴黎生活和工作。

在他长期的艺术研究中,他经历并跨越了二战后的主要趋势,从波普艺术到观念艺术。自20世纪50年代末以来,他使用了不同的媒介:绘画、电影、装置、物体、雕塑和表演实践 。 他的第一次个展于 1963 年在罗马的 La Tartaruga 画廊举行:大型绘画和小物品集中于构建第一个图像字母表的想法,他称之为“需要”、“敌意”、“恐惧”、“错误”、“欲望”等。1964 年, 在纽约 Cordier & Ekstrom 画廊举办展览之际,他展出的作品展现了他研究的一个重要终点:碎片化、图像在画布上的传播被简化为最小元素以及空间概念的分散化。

从1960年起,他开始制作短片,包括《Il grado Zero del paesaggio》(1963)、《Verifica incerta》(1964-1965)。 巴鲁切罗将碎片和蒙太奇的理念带入了他对绘画、雕塑和动态图像的实验中。 同年,他出版了《La quindicesima riga》(取自数百本书籍的文字行)和《Avventure nell'armadio di plexiglass》(有机玻璃字袍中的冒险)等艺术家书籍。 1962 年,他遇到了马塞尔·杜尚,并为他献上了《为什么杜尚》一书,该书由纽约麦克弗森于 1985 年出版。 1973 年,他创办了 Agricola Cornelia S.p.A.,这是一项艺术与农业之间的实验,他投入了八年时间。 1998年,他与卡拉·苏布里兹(Carla Subrizi)成立了巴鲁切罗基金会。

巴鲁切罗的作品被世界各地的博物馆收藏:国家现代艺术博物馆和 MAXXI 美术馆(罗马)、现代艺术博物馆和古根海姆博物馆(纽约)、赫希霍恩博物馆(华盛顿)、费城艺术博物馆(费城) 如巴塞罗那、慕尼黑、汉堡、伦敦和巴黎。

Gianfranco Baruchello Portrait