December 10 – 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday December 10, 4 – 6pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Beth Charles/Adriana Collovati/Judith Cordeaux/Betta Gancia
Rebecca Humphrey/Gio Sciello/Susi Zucchi
MyMicroGallery is proud to present, “Moments of Truth,” a travelling exhibition created and curated by Stefania Carrozzini. This innovative exhibition gathers the work of seven artists hailing from countries across the world including New Zealand, the UK and Italy. Their work features abstract language, photography, etchings and painting, presented all together as a system of symbolic associations and correspondences with the theme of Truth. The various interpretations of the artists gesture toward different dimensions that reach beyond their existential realities, as subjective perspectives implicate an aesthetic of Moments of Truth.
Artists have always been hunters of the truth, not of a merely objective truth, but a marvelously subjective one and, why not, also a chaotic one – which is the truth of experience and of life. Life as an absolute value which, basically, does not belong to us, becomes the supreme concept in as much as it is a manifestation of truth. This exhibition wishes to make us reflect upon the moment of inspiration, that fleeting moment of the here and now, where all seems possible, where the imagination knows no bounds and opens up to infinite creative possibilities.
Artists are not solitary islands, even though solitude is an important factor in the shaping of interior truths. Rather, they form an invisible thread of connections which unravel in the total freedom and trust of the creative impulse. The truth is the thread that leads out of the labyrinth. And here the labyrinth is meant symbolically as an existential ordeal, a path of both ethical and aesthetical growth.
Art may not be considered separately from truth. The communicative power is directly proportional to the intensity and the truth of the moment of creation. And thus the work of art is the result of a poetic dynamism which is embodied in the sensuality of the image.
What are the moments of truth for the artist? They are instants in which the Truth, a precise intuition, imposes itself on our conscience and materializes into the work of art. The title “Moments of Truth,” presupposes a temporariness tied to becoming, almost a philosophy of vision. A dimension of being and doing which belongs to the will and reflects the vitality and the purity of the intention.
The truth is understood as sincerity of the expressive behavior of the artist. It takes part, in a certain sense, in the morality of art. Truth is risky and revolutionary. It is the only way to keep alive the poetical power of being.
There is always a magic moment in which artists reach a level of absolute clarity and absolve their longing for truth which they then share with the world.
The question of all questions is: what is the truth of art? Is it not perhaps true that which conforms to the universal laws? Then there is the problem of appearance and make-believe, and we know that art and make-believe have been connected since the beginning of time. Nevertheless, there are significant examples which belong to history. Let us think of Joseph Beuys, who throughout his research transmitted the truth of art as a wound, a tearing, a laceration. The combination art/suffering brings us back to a truth which is expressed through pain.
Instead let us turn our minds to the celestial and spiritual vision of Yves Klein. His is the truth of colour, of space, but especially of time. And on this subject, Pierre Restany wrote in La minute de verité: “the author needs from the onlooker that intense and fundamental moment of truth, without which all poetry would be incommunicable.” Artists offer themselves to the world and to the infinity of truth with awareness of the limit, with a temporariness which goes beyond convention.
In that instant of truth the artists put themselves to the test. Beyond the visual codes of communication, everything is summarized in a gesture, which permanently marks the mind of those who are receptive to it. A gesture, a mark, a cathartic action, a reality which encompasses all the differences and the suffering. Behold the truth becomes manifest, it emerges in all its splendour from the unknown space, where the void does not exist: it is light which casts back the shadows, a voice offering encouragement.
Because, without the slightest doubt, one cannot know the truth of art without acceptance of make-believe. (Stefania Carrozzini)
The Moments of Truth is a travelling exhibition and the next venues will be Milan at MyMicroGallery
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