17.02.2017 – 01.04.2017
Eccentric Spaces, Riccardo Costantini Gallery, Turin. Italy.
Curated by Elena Inchingolo and Paola Stroppiana.
Artists: Caroline Corbasson, Debbie Lawson, Dana Levy, Noa Pane, Anila Rubiku.
Riccardo Costantini Contemporary is pleased to present Eccentric Spaces, a project curated by EIena Inchingolo and Paola Stroppiana. Five artists of different nationalities, Caroline Corbasson, Debbie Lawson, Dana Levy, Noa Pane, Anila Rubiku, with various formative backgrounds and expressive abilities, give us their take on the notion of space seen as one of the basic categories of world perception.
The idea for the project originated from reflecting on Erwin Panofsky’s book Perspective as symbolic form (1927), which shows how every cultural age develops its own way of representing space, as the visible ‘symbolical form’ peculiar to that culture.
Our examination of space in contemporary art therefore led to a careful selection of works: the concept of space that forms the object of this project is diverse, all-encompassing, starting from the original meaning of the word – an available place for the objects of reality, which are identified by their way they are arranged or positioned and possess physical dimensions, hence are susceptible of being moved. By an association of ideas, and by a metaphorical shift of meaning,
the exhibition concept also includes the possibility for space to become, within contemporary art, a relational, anthropological, architectural, astronomical, poetic, oneiric, naturalistic place. We have deliberately chosen works created with different media – video installation, sculpture, drawing, because they suggest different reflections on reality as a result of their specificity:
questions on the nature of things, scientific categorization of space and its objects, a constantly evolving world of information that sets ever new goals for knowledge and exchange.
Anila Rubiku (Durazzo) bases her research on an in-depth analysis of space, conceived as a relational and social place. The Albanian-born artist addresses the inner dimension of individuals, in particular of women, the notion of home space, and the idea of travelling as a way to communicate and acquire knowledge. Riccardo Costantini presents a selection of her latest project, titled The Consequences of Love (2016). Using different techniques (drawing, engraving, sculpture) Anila focuses her research on the metaphorical, ambivalent meaning of the chain, and of the mask, in love relationships. The chain is seen as a restraining bond or tight emotional relationship, and the mask (colored in this case) is conceived of as an unpredictable space of freedom even in a constrained condition.
Riccardo Costantini Contemporary
Via Giolitti 51 – 10123 – Turin