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"Francesco Lauretta: Bubble Gum"
2005-02-08 until 2005-03-12
The gallery Carbone.to is pleased to announce the forth solo exhibit of Francesco Lauretta, entitled, "Bubble Gum."
The exhibit is made up of a small photo acquired from the artist in Sicily, and two paintings depicting the photograph.
Francesco Lauretta reflects on painting and how painting is read today, taking cues from the photograph which captures the preparations for a religious festival in the town of Scicli in southwest Sicily.
The paintings called "One" and "Other" are the same size.
"One" is a painting reminiscent of the seventeenth and eighteenth century portraits of Velazquez and Goya; "Other" originates from the same figure, but the white veiling which nearly cancels it out confers value onto the incompleteness of the sinopite.
This is how Francesco interprets the place of painting today, as if it were secluded in the new flood of other languages of contemporary art. "One" is the language of the artist, while "other" is the viewer's interpretation.
Francesco Lauretta (1964, Ispica, Ragusa) lives and works in Torino, Italy.
Recent solo shows: 2004, Le metafisiche, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy. 2003, Via degli Astronauti, Carbone.to, Torino, Italy. 2002, Matrimia, Galleria Sebastiano Amenta, Parma, Italy. 2000, Ceci n’est pas une pipe, Carbone.to, Torino, Italy.
Selected recent group shows: 2004, FIAV.04, Festival d’Images Artistiques Vidéo, Centre Culturel Français de Milan and Care Of, Milano, Italy; Assab One: Performance, curated by Roberto Pinto, ex Stabilimento GEA, Milano, Italy; Video.it, curated by Francesco Poli, Elena Volpato, Espace, Torino, Italy. 2002, ManifesTO, curated and sponsored by GAM (Town Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) and the town council of Torino, Italy. 2001, Pay Attention, Please, curated by Luca Beatrice, Cristiana Collu, Fernando Castro Flores, MAN – Nuoro Museum of Contemporary Art, Nuoro, Italy. 2000, A.C. Sicilia 2000, curated by Gianluca Marziani, Galleria Civica Montevergini, Siracusa, Italy; Porta d’Oriente, curated by Luca Beatrice, Bisceglie (Bari), Italy.
Oil on canvas
154 x 219 CM