Gianni Caravaggio’s “To begin a time” at kaufmann repetto, New York

Gianni Caravaggio’s “To begin a time” at kaufmann repetto, New York

Gianni Caravaggio wants the viewer to take in the visual and physical qualities of the work with “To begin a time” at kaufmann repetto, New York. On view through December 8, 2018, the artist embarks on an exploration of her/his imagination.

“Clearly, if for some oversight this imaginative sense escapes them, all that remains is a reduction to two disconnected objects: one material and the other linguistic. I would, however, like to underline that the space of the image is already rooted in us and to this we react with an unexpected familiarity. This mysterious familiarity dissolves the sensation of alienation from the world that preoccupied the lucid minds of the late 19th century,” says the artist.  

The artist likes to think that things have an intimate memory pointing secretly towards our sensibility. Caravaggio isolates and concentrates that sensibility to a form in which the gestures of his making become the demiurgical gestures of fruition.

“I believe that this act already belongs to the viewer. As if, at the moment it is given, the viewer subconsciously remembers it. The viewer in this case doesn’t consume the artwork, but computes a ‘demiurgic act’ in initiating it,” says the artist.

Gianni Caravaggio (1968, Rocca San Giovanni, Italy) lives and works in Milan. His most recent solo exhibitions include: “Sostanza Incerta,” The Open Box, Milan (2017); “About Things Bigger Than Us,” Galerie De Expeditie, Amsterdam (2016); “Finalmente Solo / Enfn Seul,” Musee d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Metropole, Saint-Etienne (2014); Museum MAGA, Gallarate (2014); and “Scenario,” Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, (2008).

His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows at MASI — Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano (2018); Collezione Acacia, Museo del Novecento, Milan (2016); Avviso di garanzia, Fuori Uso, ex tribunale di Pescara, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Simone Ciglia (2016); “Il Pane e le Rose,” Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2015); and Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2014).

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