From 18 April, Mazzoleni will present The Muscle of Thought Is the Brain, the first solo show in the Turin gallery by David Reimondo, curated by Gaspare Luigi Marcone, which will be displayed within the gallery’s new rooms in the historic space in Piazza Solferino, Turin.
The exhibition features a substantial part of research devoted to ‘language’ that Reimondo has developed in recent years and crowns a series of public and critical successes.
As evoked in the title, the exhibition is both ‘physical’ and ‘rational’ in nature and features the ‘etymographic’ research that represents one of the hubs around which Reimondo’s recent output revolves. Etimografia is a macro-project embracing much of his latest research into ‘language’. The artist has created a synthesis sui generis (featuring ideograms, pictograms and glyphs among other elements) and produced new ‘graphemes’ and new ‘phonemes’. This research is articulated through multiple series of works, one of which is composed of ‘sculptures’ in wood coloured with ink for professional printers; a choice of matter and materials that brings together past and present, conjugating different operational practices. These ‘cells’, also presented as ‘modules’, exist in continual aggregation and disaggregation.
Reimondo’s new language is a means of thinking differently, of not being conditioned by the heritage of centuries that has shaped–and continues to shape–human beings, their language and, therefore, their knowledge. It is in reality a ‘utopian instrument’ charged with imaginative, rational and emotive freedom.
Each room will contain a reference to the brain considered alternately as a muscle or an organ and investigated by the artist in its sections. The exhibition therefore transforms into an exploration of the left and right hemispheres, encountering logic and rationality, intuition and creativity.
Also on show will be a number of works encapsulating the artist’s versatile and eclectic approach including the installation Atto di pensiero (2017, papier-mâché, needles, paper, mixed media and video projection) and new works analysing the forms and ideas of writing, further combining traditional materials and contemporary technology, for example Videocalligrafia (2018, RBG LED panels, looped MOV videos, cotton thread, various writing instruments).
The exhibition will be accompanied by the monograph devoted to David Reimondo and published by Artribune in collaboration with Mazzoleni, composed of a wealth of photographs and critical texts in Italian and English.
David Reimondo (Genoa, 1973; lives and works in Milan). Recent solo shows (selection): Frammenti di un discorso amoroso / A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, Museo Novecento, Florence (2019); Linea etimografica, Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan (2018); Le parole che non esistono, The Open Box, Milan (2017); Cromofonetica, Galleria Bianconi, Milan (2016). Recent group shows (selection): Incontro di Box, The Open Box, Milan (2019); La città del sole, BoCs Museum, Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico, Cosenza (2018); More than words…, Mazzoleni, London (2018); Mythologies, Palazzo Palmieri, Monopoli (2017); Estetica Matematica, Villa Contemporanea, Monza (2017); Partiture Visive, Galleria Bianconi, Milan (2017); Summary, The Open Box, Milan (2017); Lo Sguardo di… Opere scelte dalla Collezione d’Arte UniCredit, UniCredit Pavilion, Milan (2015); Tracks/Traces, The Open Box, Milan (2015); Premio Terna 05. Essere o non Essere. Con gli Altri. La Rete Sociale a regola d’Arte, Tempio di Adriano, Rome (Premio Terna, winner, 2013—2014).
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