March 13, 2012 - Galleria Civica di Modena - Vittorio Corsini
March 13, 2012

Vittorio Corsini

Vittorio Corsini, “Eros 10.5″ and “Eros 10.7″, 2012.
Photo by Paolo Emilio Sfriso.

Vittorio Corsini 
Tra voci, carte, rovi e notturni

17 March–10 June 2012

Galleria civica di Modena
Palazzina dei Giardini
Corso Canalgrande
Modena, Italy

The solo show “Tra voci, carte, rovi e notturni (Amongst voices, papers, brambles and nocturnes) by Vittorio Corsini presents almost exclusively new works with one exception—although dated 1990 it has never been displayed before now—all revolving around the theme of territory.

Installations, sculptures, and an animated video are all featured in this exhibition dedicated to the landscape, meant not as a pre-constituted and unchangeable paradigm to be reproduced and perpetuated, but rather as a fluid element in which daily life takes place, relationships are established, and transformations follow one after the other.

Corsini’s research has always focused on the concept and the ways of living, the dynamics concerning life in both domestic and public spaces and the relationships that are established between individuals inside these places. In this show, his research comes to light through his use of various different media and languages as well as the use of heterogeneous materials—glass, metal, paper, ink, sawdust, neon lights—through which the artist weaves a web in search of what the cartographic representation of the landscape is unable to tell us.

The recorded voice of the Italian writer Paolo Nori reading a specially written story provides the setting for a work on paper which spreads over much of the wall surface, featuring a hand-drawing of the landscape of the Modenese hills, within which a human presence is indicated by the names and nicknames of its inhabitants.

The territory returns once more in Geografia, rendered here in the form of curving lines traced using black & white sawdust on the floor, forming a kind of carpet, which changes every time we move through it, despite remaining constantly recognisable. The stroke that ‘writes’ the landscape is also the subject of the small sculpture of a mountain covered in rivulets of black ink.

While the glass and metal work Risaia comes to terms once more with a historic idea of nature, Eros 10.5 and Eros 10.7 offer a more updated reading of it in which Eros appears in the colourful delivery of an exclamation synestheticly entrusted to the neon lettering inserted within a steel thicket and similarly metallic reeds.

The last room houses a number of monochromes in which every mark linked to the landscape is eliminated, while the light cast from the right suggests a deeply nocturnal dimension.

Curator: Marco Pierini
Organisation and Production: Galleria Civica di Modena e Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Opening: 17 March at 6pm
Catalogue: Silvana Editoriale, with texts by Franco Farinelli, Paolo Nori and Marco Pierini

Galleria Civica di Modena
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