Gigiotto Del Vecchio
Residency n.2 "Ship shape shit shelf and the Empfang Box". Ordinary behavior becomes performance through the act of dining or shopping. The nature of the creative act is turned on its ear as one is asked to consider accepting such rudimentary means for survival as fine art, As a whole the project called Empfang Box, in whichever form it takes, is reactionary while abstract, psychotic yet calculated. Curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio.
Curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio
Ordinary behavior becomes performance through the act of dining or shopping. The nature of the creative act is turned on its ear as one is asked to consider accepting such rudimentary means for survival as fine art, As a whole the project called “Empfang Box”, in whichever form it takes, is reactionary while abstract, psychotic yet calculated.
The “Empfang Box” is an approximately 3 meter square room in which ordinary receipts, such as one would receive for groceries, are turned into works of art. Over-scaled documents look down on the viewer presenting themselves as both landscape and portrait, telling a story or passing on a diagrammatic essence. The process in which the transformation from document to art (and back again) takes place is not clear as an observer witnesses only a handful of clues though the quarter-inch gap around the room’s door; a projector, a table, chairs. Some days the table has food on it, giving a hint at something deeper at work, the actual material listed on both document and art takes form in the real. Issues in biology surface, helped along by a creamy/bile tinted color motif. Some receipts, obviously intentionally mistranslated as “empfangs”, depict diners or other such outings, others relate to extracurricular activities or work.
To understand what is going on here it is critical to realize that this work is the result, however indirect, of an artist’s placement in an environment. Encountering, consuming, processing and excreting culture takes physical form and representation. From September 14th to October 24th the artist recorded all financial transactions, mostly in the form of printed receipts while at residency in Berlin. Next, the artist adapted these documents to an inappropriate size and scale for presentation to the public, This act comments on the political, social, financial, and ethical fundamentals of the notion of “transaction”in general. This concept is widened with consideration of the individual’s relationship to the microcosm of the Artworld , specifically dealing with the framework of “the residency”. At the same time the project is light hearted, turning more towards comedy and entertainment than meaning or formalism. In the end, the work involves itself with completing a cycle of consumption, metaphorically selling documentation as paintings, construction as sculpture and function as performance. Oliver Green
Opening Saturday,25 October 18:30 - 22
FEURIG 59 luigi de simone studio
Feurigstrasse 59 - 10827 - Berlin
Mo - Sa / 11:00 - 18:00 by appointment