ADRIAN TRANQUILLI | after the West

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Exhibitions / Projects | Adrian Tranquilli, After the West

solo exhibition

exhibition opening:
thursday april 28th, 2016 – 6pm

exhibition closing:
july 29th, 2016

opening hours:
tuesday to saturday, 4–8pm
or by appointment

about.

STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI is delighted to present After the West, a solo show by Adrian Tranquilli. This visually striking installation ushers in a new cycle of work by the artist, a selection of which will also be on display at the MANN – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (National Archaeological Museum of Naples).

For twenty years Adrian Tranquilli has taken the figure of the hero (or anti-hero) as his point of departure. With a particular focus on the various treatments which this figure has been given in popular literary forms such as the superhero comic, Tranquilli has centred his artistic research around ideas of myth and archetype, including contemporary incarnations of these, in order to examine the relationship between the individual and the collective; between the power of individuals and that of superstructures, be they of a religious, ideological, political or economic nature.

Now, with After the West, Tranquilli starts from the consideration that in a society like ours, where the ratio of “power” – understood in terms of control, influence and wealth – is 1 to 99, the need to ask ourselves whether an alternative kind of society might be created becomes urgent in the extreme. We are the 99% – as the movements which challenge our current capitalist, globalised society define themselves: activists, in other words, who see themselves in, and identify with, Anonymous, Occupy, Indignados and similar protest movements – represents a social force which seeks power in its turn, and therefore inevitably runs the risk of being assimilated into the system.

In After the West, Tranquilli tackles the idea of the mask/symbol from a different perspective to that evident in previous cycles of work such as These Imaginary Boys (2004), The Age of Chance (2005), Don’t Forget the Joker (2006) or In Excelsis (2011/13), where the main subjects were identifiable as super or anti- heroes like Superman, Batman, Spiderman or The Joker.

Here the show’s protagonist is recognisably similar to ‘V’, the mysteriously named, ambiguous hero of Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s 1988 graphic novel V for Vendetta, subsequently made even more popular by virtue of the 2005 film of the same name, directed by James McTeigue. In creating their rebel hero, the English authors were inspired by the story of Guy Fawkes, the famous English anarchist who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. The white mask with the sardonic smile behind which the imaginary hero V conceals his identity, one of the highest-selling pieces of Hollywood merchandising, is now the symbol of We are the 99%, a global protest movement. This suggests that the hero is no longer the individual who, thanks to the mask, projects themselves onto a distinct symbolic plain so as to serve as a model, but an identity which has dissolved into the unrecognisable, plural and collective: one which has in turn taken on the same unfathomable, invisible quality as the 1% that holds power.

After the West, the cycle of work in which V’s mask is the constitutive element, represents a further chapter in the singular visual narrative which Adrian Tranquilli has put together over the last decade. His enquiry into the heroic figure with its obligatory mask (costume) causes us to notice the paradigmatic shift which has taken place between the 20th and 21st centuries: the single person has given way to the multitude; an individual does not step outside of the dominant model, but camouflages themselves within it, amalgamating themselves with those who feel the same and working with them through subversive, viral means; and they find their personal ideal (symbol) in the very products of fantasy and popular literature where there is no longer a clear division between good and evil, hero and antagonist – between terror and utopia.

The After the West solo show at the STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI follows the first retrospective of Adrian Tranquilli’s work Giorni di un futuro passato at the MANN – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, curated by Eugenio Viola.

Read and download the exhibition’s press release.

artist.

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI was born in Melbourne in 1966. He lives and works in Rome. His major solo exhibitions include:
Days of a Future Past, MANN – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples 2016; Welcome to the Fall, MART – Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto 2014; All is violent, all is bright, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome 2011; Don’t Forget the Joker, Palazzo Reale, Milan 2010; These Imaginary Boys, Parkhouse, Düsseldorf 2004; Know Yourself, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome 2003; Believe, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome 2001.

Adrian Tranquilli’s work has been shown as part of major group exhibitions at numerous public and private institutions, including: SPSI – Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institut Art Museum, Shanghai 2015; LAUBA, Zagreb 2015; CoCA – Center of Contemporary Art, Torun 2014; La Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains 2014; La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris 2009; Sala de Exposiciones Alcalá 31, Madrid 2008; Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm 2007; KUNSTHALLE, Wien 2006; GNAM – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome 2005; Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena 2003; IASPIS, Stockholm 2002; Dalì Museum, St. Petersburg (Florida, USA) 2001; PAC – Padiglione d’ Arte Contemporanea, Milan 2000; Bienal de La Habana, La Habana 2000; MAK, Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien 1999.

For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.

works.

here below some images from ADRIAN TRANQUILLI’s after the west.

 

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Adrian Tranquilli, Don't forget the Joker, 2006, exhibition view, photo by Claudio Abate

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ANABLEPS

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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: ADRIAN TRANQUILLI - Futuro imperfetto

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futuro imperfetto
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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Project: CANEVARI - TRANQUILLI all'Istituto Austriaco

CANEVARI – TRANQUILLI

CANEVARI e TRANQUILLI all’istituto austriaco
march 18th – april 24th, 1998
austrian goethe institute, rome

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: MANFRED ERJAUTZ, MICHAEL KIENZER - Manfred Erjautz, Michael Kienzer

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sei senza nome
september 20th – october 28th, 1995

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Adrian Tranquilli: Prima Puntata

PRIMA PUNTATA
december 21st, 1994
palazzo delle esposizioni, rome

 

more catalogues.

more catalogues by ADRIAN TRANQUILLI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI

 

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli | Heroes

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heroes

monograph
drago, rome 2004

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
ADRIAN TRANQUILLI

catalogue of the exhibition believe
charta, milan 2001

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Anableps

ANABLEPS

catalogue of the exhibition
tipo-lito aurelia 72, rome 2000

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
ADRIAN TRANQUILLI

exhibition catalogue
castelvecchi, rome 1999

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Erjautz Kienzer Canevari Tranquilli
Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli | Sei senza nome

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
sei senza nome

exhibition catalogue
tipo-lito aurelia 72, rome 1995