From 16th October 2019 to 31st January 2020
OPENING SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2019, 7:00 P.M.
Associazione Shōzō Shimamoto - Palazzo Spinelli di Tarsia Largo Tarsia 2, Naples
Accumulating, transforming, creating photographic images and volumes, materializing the action, I isolate the creative gesture as a moment fixed in time.HENRIK STRÖMBERG
The Quartiere dell’Arte (Art District), program conceived by Fondazione Morra to foster a new awareness of contemporary art in the city of Naples, presents a new exhibition project created for Palazzo Spinelli di Tarsia, home of Shōzō Shimamoto Foundation.
The space will host the show Refraction of lightness, displaying a site-specific installation of serigraphs and hand blown glass sculptures and volumes by the Swedish artist Henrik Strömberg.
The exhibition, curated by Chiara Valci Mazzara (fontaine b. Berlin, Paris) and Loredana Troise, in collaboration with Fondazione Morra together with Laboratorio Avella Naples with Gianluigi Prencipe, is the result of the three-month residency of Henrik Strömberg.
In the historical spaces of Palazzo Tarsia, glass sculptures and serigraphs are presented as the two main areas of density of the installation, determining the core around which the presentation of further assembled elements, organized in an immersive landscape, revolves.
The serigraphs are relocated as a uniqum: a large-scale work mirrors (refracts into) the new series of glass sculptures conceived and created on the occasion of the exhibition.
The work of Henrik Strömberg is the result of a creative process of investigation about form and content, volume and concept, multiplication and refraction of meaning.
Living and recovered materials such as paper, glass, burned newspapers and pigments contribute to the creation of works that allow the viewer to immerse in a landscape organised as a self-sufficient ecosystem that, by suggesting new forms, creates new contents. Where every element becomes part of a whole.
The assembled prints creating a new system of references relating to the meanings and aesthetics they originally had, are now enriched with additional semantics, while, at the same time, the glass volumes reflect the complexity of the creative gesture. In the glass works, a transformation and the alteration of content, occur simultaneously.
Ultimately, the matter is shaped and transferred through different media, all the elements are commuting back and forth regularly concurring, and eventually, overlaying meanings. Nothing can be isolated, everything mutate as when volcanic magma erupts.
In the spaces dedicated to the master of the Gutai group, the Northern European artist approach the exhibition space through the system of references linked to the creative gesture. At the same time, the references to Surrealism, to the re-evaluation of the object- trouvee and the use of the form to act on the content are perceived as a characterizing elements of Strömberg's work.
Refraction of Lightness will be open until 31 January 2020 with the following opening hours: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. / to 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.