Press release Incerticonfini
RICCARDO AJOSSA #incerticonfini
October 25 to November 22, 2017 Inauguration in the presence of the artist: Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 6:30pm Spazio Nuovo Contemporary Art, Via d’Ascanio 20 – 00186 Roma
Spazio Nuovo presents the exhibition #incerticonfini by Riccardo Ajossa, curated by Marco Antonio Nakata. The show is a close up of the installation presented in San Paolo, Brazil last May. It focuses on the essay of Art Historian Erwin Panofsky, articulated around the late Titan canvas titled “Allegory of Prudence”. The studio was outlined following the invitation of the curator as a researcher and lover of Italian culture. The dialogue between the curator and the artist has developed over years of cartography and research, as well as reflections and insights with the aim of presenting a contemporary reading from the first intuition addressed in the treatise of the art historian. Panofsky’s theme reflects an awareness and understanding of the events of the past in order to better understand the present, and manage the consequences of the future. Act with caution. The classical interpretation of the iconographical image has been the starting point of the work that has been enriched by experiments consisting of photographic surveys, natural color proofs, and handmade paperwork made of fibers and watermarks.
Spazio Nuovo presents a selection of works focusing on photographic experiments on classical subjects. Among them are images by Ajossa, who photographed the reflections of masterpieces, by Titan and Tiepole, on the wet sand on the beaches of Algarve in Portugal, placing detailed prints of them in front of the light water sand. The result is a poetic work composed of vibrant images, in which the subject progressively becomes abstract in form, among the ripples of the water. Along with the reflections, a series of Korean Hanji papers, produced by the artist himself with the bark of the Dak plant according to the technique of stick typing, learned by Ajossa during his trips to South Korea for a better understanding of traditional paper production. A trip promoted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where the artist teaches in the department of Graphic Arts. The rest of the research presented in the exhibition highlights the overlapping of antique papers, watermarks, and hand-crafted papers. As well as the search for natural color extraction, learned through historical recipes, with which all the cards on display are dyed.