Shapeless Shape. In this installment, as in all his previous artworks, the artist, who come from Milan, works on the theme of existential distresses, using fairy tales and initiation rituals of primitive civilizations. The artworks realized for the gallery are a site specific installment, sculptures, ready made and photographic prints.
Fonti Gallery presents “Shapeless Shape" first solo exhibit of the artist Nicola Gobbetto. In this installment, as in all his previous artworks, the artist from Milan works on the theme of existential distresses, using fairy tales and initiation rituals of primitive civilizations. The artworks realized for the gallery are a site specific installment, sculptures, ready made and photographic prints.
The title “Shapeless Shape" has the double meaning of shape not shape and shape without shape, this is the key for understanding all the exhibit, in which the conceptual truth of shape is just in its negation and not manifestation.
“Cave" is an installation that invites us to swallow ourselves in a sort of hypnotic meditation, or it can be, instead, a distressing and hallucinating passage that has to be rapidly overcame. In some primitive societies, cave was the site where young guys were isolated to undergo tests to become adults.
The physical experience is synthesized by the sound of the introductory part of “Hall of mirrors" (1977) played by the German group Kraftwerk.
Gobbetto defines the anxieties of adolescence in the shape not shape “Blob", a sculpture covered by mint toothpaste, citation from the title of a movie (1958) by Irvin S. Yearworth Jr., in which young guys, considered the weakest, proof their courage saving society from this indefinable entity.
The matrix of the photographic print “Ghosts" is a ready-made. The artist registered a detail of a posting with wordings melted by the rain. The transformation from the writing/shape into ghosts/not shape comes back as the restlessness and anxiety typical of puberty.
“Grey clouds", is an artwork composed by six photographic prints documenting the passage from good weather/light blue to bad weather/grey. The storm represents this passage either as a moment of tension, shape/not shape, either as duration, shape without shape.
Nicola Gobbetto born 1980, in Milan, lives and works in Milan.
Selected Solo-Shows: Shapeless shape, Galleria Fonti, Naples, 2006, Icedream, neonprojectbox, Milan, curated by Elena Bordignon, 2004.
Selected Group-Exhibitions: 2006: Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, Cortocircuito, Ex PalazzoEnel, Novara, curated by Marco Tagliafierro, 2005: Thin Line: the exhibition, the movie!!, De Ijskelders & Nadine art centre, Bruxelles, curated by Jan Van Woensel and Milovan Farronato, Report, Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Our Nature, Villa Serena, Bologna, curated by Elvira Vannini, Longtime, Trafo' gallery, House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, curated by Alina Serban, Milovan Farronato, Peterna'k Miklo's, Bircsa'k Eszter, Thin Line, galleria Viafarini, Milano, curated by Milovan Farronato, 2004: neonprojectbox>extended, Bologna, curated by di Elena Bordignon, Pilot, Limehouse, Town Hall, London, On Air: video in onda dall’Italia, curated by Andrea Bruciati. video: Far into the forest, presented by Laura Cherubini, “la Comunale" gallery, Monfalcone/ Kunst Meran in Haus der Sparkasse, Merano/ Centro per l’arte contemporanea Pecci di Prato - Firenze/ MACRO, Roma, 2003: Salon Primo, Palazzo Permanente, Milan, presented by Laura Cherubini and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, 2002: Understatement, Stato di calma apparente, curated by Michela Arfiero, Openspace, Milano, 2001: MAP Match a Paris, Plastic, Milan.
Inaugurazione: Venerdi', 3 Marzo 2006, ore 18,30
Via Chiaia, 229 - Napoli
Orari: Da martedi' a venerdi' dalle 16.30-19.30