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ORDINARY LIFE - Curated by Alessandra Redaelli
13 May - 30 July 2011


ORDINARY LIFE
Curated by Alessandra Redaelli

 

Seat: Milano, Angel Art Gallery
Date: 13 May - 30 July 2011
Opening:Thursday 12th May 2011, 7 p.m.

The meeting that is going to loom at the Angel Art Gallery in Milan from the 13th of May is really important: Gianfranco Pulitano presents, in the Ordinary Life exhibition, a site specific macro installation that link sociology, architecture, new technologies and Urban Art. The solo exhibition, curated by Alessandra Redaelli, puts the metropolitan reality on till the 30th of July through the stereotyping of gestures and habits of the contemporary man and does it reproducing real “printed macro circuits” that cover the entire expository space. They are microcosms, connected by cables in which, on small screens, you can spy fragments of everyday life, lived by animated pictograms of traffic signs: the “concise” black little men with their round little head and their body reduced to a few lines meet at the supermarket, queued at the cash desk or while they are pushing their shopping trolleys, in the garden with their children or old, walking in the city. But they can also be met in situation of “ordinary madness”, like the little man that, after he had thrown the rubbish in the bin, decide to set fire to it - in a raptus of vandalism.
The installation is realised with a system of electric cables in raceways, linked to digital screens inserted in structures in lit and stained Plexiglas: out of it, comes a modular system that develops like a network, outlining a circuit that can grow without an end in three dimensions, following faithfully the model of unrestrained development of the contemporary metropolis. The work comes directly from space, as it is there that the artist decides the plan of the circuit: “On each wall and each expository space we usually have a socket, - says Pulitano - I like the idea that a route can be developed from a single point of the wall, and then branch out infinitely about the surfaces”. The exhibition appears to the audience as a unique macro installation, but it is actually composed of single independent elements: like single sentences that tell a single story but they make sense even if they are to be seen on their own. The works that are part of the exhibition redefine and reinvent the existent architectonic space, if they are seen as a whole. Gianfranco Pulitano’s projects describe the existential condition of contemporariness and remind to ancient masonry where the fictitious image replaces words as a universal story for the following centuries. It is an analysis of these days, which reconstruct the primordial architecture of social behaviours through modular systems. In this work, the socio-anthropological concept of the famous Marc Augé’s non-places can be found: all those spaces that have the quality of not being identitary and relational; spaces in which millions of individualities meet without enter into any relation with each other, driven by the frenetic desire of consumption or by the one of speeding everyday actions. Life pass convulsively, urban society seems to be unrestrainable and the restless work make public spaces as places of continue passing, “middle earths” where rarely someone stops. In the same way, the pictures of these statistical little men become animated electronically, as if by magic, performing activities and habits as if they were real. Roles and spaces are inverted: the audience, when it notices an activity inside the circuit, stops and, curious, stays still watching human lives in motion. “My interest for the iconic language is not random - adds the artist - it is partly due to my origins based on urban cultures like the street art, and partly to my passion for communication and ancient speeches, as the one on ancient Egypt. I find hieroglyphs one of the most interesting communication systems among the others, especially because they are inserted in spaces and architectural structures. I try to elaborate the same formal and aesthetic solutions, using new technologies for their shape and materials, for example digital animation, electronics and industrial materials”. This intellectual and aesthetic path gives birth to really elegant works that have a strong seductive power that push the audience to follow the adventures of his little alter egos that are reproduced on the screen. What Pulitano want to bring out with this work are the imperfections of a life lived “in loop”, repetitive and automatic, the infinite variables that break what is predictable and slip in the circuit by the same standard of viruses.
The exhibition is supplemented by a catalogue with critical text by Alessandra Redaelli.
Coordinates of the exhibition

Title:Ordinary Life

Curated by Alessandra Redaelli
Seat: Angel Art Gallery, Via Ugo Bassi, 18 - 20159 Milan, Italy
Date: 13 May - 20 July 2011
Opening: Thursday 12th May, 7 p.m.

Opening times:Tuesday to Friday h. 10 - 18 | Saturday and Monday on appointment.

Closed on Sunday.
Catalogue: with critical text by Alessandra Redaelli

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