GAMeC presents Giuseppe Gabellone exhibition

GAMeC presents Giuseppe Gabellone the first solo show at an Italian public institution of the work of Giuseppe Gabellone (b. Brindisi, 1973; lives and works in Paris), on view 8 March–5 May 2013.

The show marks the debut of a series of works created for the occasion and it marks Gabellone’s return to exhibiting in Italy after several years’ absence.

Since the second half of the nineties, Gabellone’s work has attracted the attention of the international public and critics because of his original approach to the languages of photography and sculpture, and its formal and conceptual rigour. As a result, at a very young age the artist was asked to participate in the Venice Biennale (in 1997 and 2003) as well as Documenta in Kassel (2002).

In his work, Gabellone explores the relationship between sculpture and photography, between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, between the image and its physicality, elevating the photographic medium and the concept of sculpture to new levels of language.

Moreover, the artist creates a dialogue between abstraction and figuration, tactile and visual, natural and artificial, hyper-realism and decoration, augmenting the ambiguous relationship between the tactile qualities of an image and its existence in a non-physical elsewhere.

For his exhibition at GAMeC, Gabellone developed a series of brand-new works within a layout designed in relation to the museum’s Spazio Zero. Three large wall-mounted works constitute the backbone of the exhibition and are the outcome of a compositional and sculptural process arising from the visual elaboration of words and short phrases. Each of these extremely intricate levels was then cast in plastic resin, a material that can record even the tiniest variations in the material, but that at the same time dampens the perception of manual labour, drawing away from it. These three monumental high reliefs thus create a series of oscillations and perceptual ambiguities between sculpture, painting and language.

Moreover, the exhibition space hosts a huge installation conceived to transform the spectator’s perceptual experience, stimulating the senses of touch and sight.

The exhibition is accompanied by a monographic catalogue that documents not only the project for GAMeC in Bergamo but also Gabellone’s artistic production over the past four years. The catalogue, published by Mousse Publishing, includes texts by Tom Morton, contributing editor of Frieze magazine and an independent curator, and Alessandro Rabottini, curator of the exhibition.

GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna
e Contemporanea di Bergamo
Via San Tomaso, 53
24121 Bergamo, Italy

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