Mostra: Ambiguous Reality in Naples

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Ambiguous Reality in Naples

Ambiguous Reality in Naples

Mostra scambio a Napoli con artisti italiani e della LAAA di Los angeles

Jeffrey Thomas Burke Ellen Cantor Emilia Castioni Lello Esposito Jeff Iorillo Dino Izzo Barbara Kolo Miguel Osuna Amedeo Sanzone Nicola Felice Torcoli Carla Viparelli Joan Wulf

Villa Di Donato, Piazza S. Eframo Vecchio - Napoli
Dal 15/11/2017 al 08/12/2017
Curatore: Cynthia Penna
Ufficio stampa: Chiara Reale per ART1307

AMBIGUOUS REALITY
The theme of the exhibition mirrors contemporary society, posing problems that it does not claim to solve, and tangles that certainly cannot be undone.
Yet a reality that is mirrored or rendered visually in terms of uncertainty, doubt and ambiguousness appears as another attempt to understand everything surrounding us. The most important function of art is to observe and elaborate possibilities, denunciations, cultural acquisitions: not answers or solutions.
The ambiguity of the vision split between bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional, annihilates the certainty of the vision.
Indeed, it is a matter of a kind of “state of perception”, artistic/visual representations of a condition which is merely contemporary society and its reality.
12 artists, six American and six Italian, have been invited to capture aspects of a fragmented reality, fractals of reality, ambiguities of reality, and to measure swords with a very thin line of demarcation between reality and unreality, not so much a dichotomy opposing reality and fantasy as a perceptive acquisition which is distorted, ambiguous, uncertain. To show the signs of a society where it is hard to distinguish what is true and what is false, truth and lies, perceptions that are authentic and perceptions that are distorted by external interferences. The manipulation of reality and the superimposition of virtual realities on real ones, enigmas and paradoxes are all aspects which art must distinguish, because they are part of contemporary society, ridden by a combination of incongruity, truth, falsity, ambiguity, enigmas, and paradoxes. Human beings sometimes “perform” a character, “perform” a situation beyond their own real life. They are pushed to perform on the “stage” of life and wear a mask. The mask (Lello Esposito) becomes a human body and the two aspects are fused together so that you cannot recognize what is real, what is fake.
Faced with these works, the onlooker must ask him or herself what his or her eyes are seeing and what his or her brain is elaborating: is it a pure and simple image, or is it rather a personal mental elaboration of the object?
Is what I experience as reality every day really a true reality, or is a virtual and fictitious one created by the web or by social networks or by systems that make something seem real, when it really isn’t?
Also, Art is part of this investigation through the presentation or representation of the ambiguous perception of the artwork in itself.
Are all the vibrations I get from the works of art real? And is the impression of perceptions that I receive an illusion? A painted illusion of movement (Ellen Cantor), a painted illusion of objects in movement (Carla Viparelli), of smoke (Joan Wulf), of walking people (Dino Izzo and Emilia Castioni), a vision split between bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional (Miguel Osuna): they have all been created in order to give us a new perspective of vision. They have been created in order to make us ask ourselves what we are looking at, to place us face to face with our own assumptions and presumptions about what is real, and what isn’t. They are made to confuse us, or perhaps we should rather say, to make us question what we really see in everyday life: reality, or an illusion?
And so, art faces a new challenge, art responds to new questions about contemporary life; art makes us see the signs of something that is happening in our everyday life. Yet again, art is the fulcrum where all the new aspects of contemporary life converge to be focused on, revealed to the public, experienced and re-elaborated by human beings.
AMBIGUOUS REALITY
The theme of the exhibition mirrors contemporary society, posing problems that it does not claim to solve, and tangles that certainly cannot be undone.
Yet a reality that is mirrored or rendered visually in terms of uncertainty, doubt and ambiguousness appears as another attempt to understand everything surrounding us. The most important function of art is to observe and elaborate possibilities, denunciations, cultural acquisitions: not answers or solutions.
The ambiguity of the vision split between bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional, annihilates the certainty of the vision.
Indeed, it is a matter of a kind of “state of perception”, artistic/visual representations of a condition which is merely contemporary society and its reality.
12 artists, six American and six Italian, have been invited to capture aspects of a fragmented reality, fractals of reality, ambiguities of reality, and to measure swords with a very thin line of demarcation between reality and unreality, not so much a dichotomy opposing reality and fantasy as a perceptive acquisition which is distorted, ambiguous, uncertain. To show the signs of a society where it is hard to distinguish what is true and what is false, truth and lies, perceptions that are authentic and perceptions that are distorted by external interferences. The manipulation of reality and the superimposition of virtual realities on real ones, enigmas and paradoxes are all aspects which art must distinguish, because they are part of contemporary society, ridden by a combination of incongruity, truth, falsity, ambiguity, enigmas, and paradoxes. Human beings sometimes “perform” a character, “perform” a situation beyond their own real life. They are pushed to perform on the “stage” of life and wear a mask. The mask (Lello Esposito) becomes a human body and the two aspects are fused together so that you cannot recognize what is real, what is fake.
Faced with these works, the onlooker must ask him or herself what his or her eyes are seeing and what his or her brain is elaborating: is it a pure and simple image, or is it rather a personal mental elaboration of the object?
Is what I experience as reality every day really a true reality, or is a virtual and fictitious one created by the web or by social networks or by systems that make something seem real, when it really isn’t?
Also, Art is part of this investigation through the presentation or representation of the ambiguous perception of the artwork in itself.
Are all the vibrations I get from the works of art real? And is the impression of perceptions that I receive an illusion? A painted illusion of movement (Ellen Cantor), a painted illusion of objects in movement (Carla Viparelli), of smoke (Joan Wulf), of walking people (Dino Izzo and Emilia Castioni), a vision split between bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional (Miguel Osuna): they have all been created in order to give us a new perspective of vision. They have been created in order to make us ask ourselves what we are looking at, to place us face to face with our own assumptions and presumptions about what is real, and what isn’t. They are made to confuse us, or perhaps we should rather say, to make us question what we really see in everyday life: reality, or an illusion?
And so, art faces a new challenge, art responds to new questions about contemporary life; art makes us see the signs of something that is happening in our everyday life. Yet again, art is the fulcrum where all the new aspects of contemporary life converge to be focused on, revealed to the public, experienced and re-elaborated by human beings.

Miguel Osuna - Thats the Spirit - 100 x 100 cm - Oil on Canvas - 2017
Barbara kolo,subsequent lines, 45 x 60 cm.
Joan Wulf - Smoke on Fabric - 420 x 155 cm - Fumo su stoffa 2017
Lello Esposito, Pulcinella, Bronzo
ELLEN CANTOR, Alice In Wonderland, Photography, 40 x 40cm
Carla Viparelli, CatArtica, acrilico ed olio su tavola, 130 x 180 cm, 2017
Jeff IORILLO, Acrilico su su tela
J T Burke
Informazioni aggiuntive
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Vernissage: 15 Novembre 2017 dalle ore 18 alle 22
Informazioni aggiuntive: AMBIGUOUS REALITY
Il tema della mostra rispecchia la società contemporanea e pone quesiti che non si pretende di risolvere e nodi che non si possono certamente dissolvere.
Eppure una realtà visivamente rispecchiante o visivamente resa in termini di incertezza, dubbio, ambiguità, appare come un ulteriore tentativo di comprensione di tutto quanto ci circonda.
L’arte esprime il suo massimo compito che è quello di guardarsi attorno ed elaborare, non risposte e soluzioni, ma possibilità, denunce, acquisizioni in termini culturali.
Trattasi piuttosto di una sorta di “percezioni di stato”, cioè di raffigurazione artistico/visuale di uno stato che non è altro che la società e la realtà contemporanea.
12 artisti di cui 6 Americani e 6 Italiani sono stati invitati a cogliere aspetti di realtà frantumata, frattali di realtà, ambiguità del reale e a confrontarsi con una linea di demarcazione molto sottile tra realtà e irrealtà, non tanto come dicotomia tra realtà e fantasia, ma piuttosto come acquisizione percettiva distorta, ambigua, incerta. Segno marcante della società divisa tra vero e falso, tra verità e menzogna, tra autenticità della percezione e distorsione della stessa dovuta ad interferenze esterne alla stessa realtà. La manipolazione della realtà e la sovrapposizione di realtà virtuali a quelle reali, gli enigmi, i paradossi sono tutti aspetti che l’arte deve sceverare perché’ anch’essa è parte della società contemporanea. Una fotografia di società resa per immagini visive che lasciano o pongono dubbi sulla percezione stessa è la migliore fotografia della società contemporanea divisa tra incongruità, verità, falsità, ambiguità, enigmi e paradossi.
Lo spettatore di fronte a queste opere deve chiedersi cosa stia percependo il suo stesso occhio e cosa stia elaborando il proprio cervello: una immagine pura e semplice oppure piuttosto una personale elaborazione mentale dell’oggetto?
Quel che vivo quotidianamente come realtà è poi una realtà vera o una realtà virtuale e fittizia creata da social networks o da sistemi che mi fanno apparire reale quello che non lo è?

All these vibration that I get from the artworks are they real? and the impression of perception that I receive, are they illusions? The painted illusion of movement (Ellen Cantor), the painted illusion of objects (Carla Viparelli), or smoke (Joan Wulf) or walking people (Dino Izzo ed Emilia Castioni): they are all realized to give us another prospective of vision: to ask ourselves : what I am looking at? (Miguel Osuna); to confront our assumption and our presumption about what is real and what is not. They are made to confuse or, better, to pose the doubt on what we really see in everyday life: reality or illusion?

And so Art is engaged in a new challenge, Art responds to new questions about contemporary life; Art denounces more signals of something which is happening in our daily life; Art is again and again the core where all new aspects of contemporary life converge to be focused, shown to the vast public, experienced, absorbed and re-elaborated by human beings.