PAOLO CANEVARI | voto
may 19th, 1994
monday to friday, 4-8pm
In his second solo show in Rome, Paolo Canevari presents recent drawings and sculptures made of rubber and papier-mache, after having extended his artistic research to investigating and experimenting with various materials: the drawing on glass in the installation of Viafarini in Milan; threads of paper, the nylon stockings and the giant drawing with biro pen at the Museo Pecci in Prato: the two animated short films produced by Blobcartoon of Marco Giusti for Rai3; the rubber thread and the cloth for Lupa Roma presented at the Attico di Fabio Sargentini in Rome; the tinfoil paper for the sculptures at the Galleria Gentili in Florence.
The main body of the exhibition is composed of a series of small papier-mache sculptures contained in bowls of rubber (air chambers) placed on the ground.
The collection of symbolic objects on display is accompanied by another series of works displayed on the walls or on statue bases. With minimal intervention consisting of identifying and delimitating traces of the common materials, the artist presents a fixed point of his research concerning the very idea of sculpture: human faces and features appear between the game and the need for absoluteness.
Real messages in a bottle, the drawings hanging from the ceiling both introduce and accompany the exhibition and will signal its ending when they find themselves broken and abandoned in the waters of the Tevere.
PAOLO CANEVARI (born Rome, 1963) is an Italian contemporary artist. He lives and works in New York and in Rome.
He is one of the Italian internationally recognized artist of his generation, known for using different kind of materials and media like animation, drawing, video, sculpture and installation. Paolo Canevari presents highly recognizable or even commonplace symbols in order to comment on such concept as religion, the urban myths of happiness or the major principles behind creation and destruction.
Starting as a sculptor the artist treats the rest of his work also as a drive to turn the passive state of mind into an energetic, creative act. His adoption of the medium of video is associated also with his desire to make images which are ephemeral yet visually striking. His recent video works can be seen as a form of ephemeral sculpture which rejects the rhetoric about eternal monuments.
For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.
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