L'identico e il differente
Curated by Bettina Della Casa
At borgovico 33, Daniela De Lorenzo is presenting a white felt sculpture, some photographic works and a sound installation.
Approximately 8 metres tall, the sculpture develops vertically and dominates the main church space; on the wall is a photographic self-portrait of the artist entitled Lei (160 x 130 cm). The adjacent space contains another series of self-portraits entitled Ritrarsi, consisting in 4 works (130 x 80 cm each). These enter into dialogue with each other, united by a sound installation Ð a sort of "background" that envelops the entire church space.
The works were specially conceived for borgovico 33 and denote perfect examples of Daniela De Lorenzo's artistic dimension. Her research develops in two complementary orbits - sculpture and photography. The Tuscan artist works on the outer limits of both, visiting unusual spaces. The sculptures in felt -a recurrent cipher in her production- are set within a "doing-undoing" antithesis.
The photographs, taken using a delayed action shutter release, come instead within in an exchange of "self presentation-portrayal". Unrepresentable subjects, ambiguous figures and mysterious identities constitute the central themes in her poetics.
The white and coloured felt sculptures are suspended or placed on the wall like "uninhabited garments"; the forms are created via a complex play of stitching and folding; Daniela De Lorenzo uses curved lines and folds as linguistic aids. The felt comes to life with the volume and sculptural quality emerging in the play of folds; there is no compositional insistence, but focus on the principle of "shaping", with the material adopting a form according to its own undefined variations. Folds become the code of expression that creates an intimate universe, an inner "reflection".
The photographs -equally central to De Lorenzo's research- were taken by the artist herself, using an open diaphragm and long exposure times. The oscillating and repeated movements of the subject (often the artist herself) create a blurred movement in which the figure tends to disappear, with emphasis on the minute shifts that define the image.
The fuzzy image discounts the traditional use of the photograph as a means of recording a specific event in a dimension of space and time and creates an image that the direct gaze will never see as definitive.
Daniela De Lorenzo was born in 1959 in Florence, where she lives and works.
One-woman and main collective exhibitions:
For the exhibition, borgovico 33 is publishing a catalogue
with an essay by Bettina Della Casa.
12 July - 28 September
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
5 - 8 pm
or by appointment
Saturday, 12 July