Chiara Dynys “Look Afar” at M77 Gallery, Milan
M77 Gallery presents a preview of Look Afar, a new exhibition project by Italian artist Chiara Dynys. The exhibition takes up all the spaces of Galleria M77 and it represents a new corpus of works, made using a range of media. It is the result of a long research study by the artist.
Chiara Dynys has always been interested in the study of the liminal and metaphysical dimensions of reality. Her new technique is derived from a cosmic phenomenon, the aurora borealis.
Look Afar is the result of a physical and mental voyage in Swedish Lapland, performed by the artist last winter. For days, weeks, months, Chiara Dynys endured long vigils of observation during which she documented the natural phenomena that hallmark this magical land, and that fill the metaphysical sidereal landscape with unparalleled illumination, the Northern Lights, recorded in a period of particular intensity.
The results of these observations take the form of thousands of images, segments of a “fantastic power” capable of forging a link between man’s microcosm and the universal macrocosm, inducing observers to gaze into the distance: Look Afar, as in the exhibition’s title.
On her return from this profound contact with the extremes of nature in Lapland, Chiara Dynys worked on the documentation that she had collected and on her memories, transcribing the cosmic phenomena witnessed during her journey into another dimension. The results consist of a series of paintings, in which visual identity and evocative power become both documentation and narrative, in a form that the artist herself defines as “liquid.” They are very original works that tend to expand beyond the edge of the picture, simulating the spontaneous shower of cosmic particles in the skies of Lapland by their inclusion in colourful sculptural frames, cast in methacrylate modelled into gentle forms. The expressive power of the materials she uses continues to be a pivotal factor in Chiara Dynys’s art.
The artist’s expressive operations therefore comprise a range of transliterations of the experience that she lived, in the form of both photographic documentation and visual memory. A group of paintings on the wall includes separate, simultaneous visions, surprises that bear witness to the different stages of her itinerary, enclosed by lenses that highlight detail: almost “crystal spheres” that underline the magical, divinatory aspects of the experience. Photographs and pictorial visions return in a different type of work, alternating and blending and then dissolving, according to the approach required by the language she used.
Lastly, from this enormous number of shots, a video selects a series of views assembled into a time-lapse sequence. The work becomes a sort of contemporary Cinerama, in which the observer is catapulted into the heart of the artist’s visual experience, following the path of her observations in search of cosmic occurrences, in a scenic installation that metaphorically evokes the relations between the artist, infinity and the Northern Lights.
Look Afar is a project that continues Chiara Dynys’ work on light, in its archetypal characteristics of a horizon for our aspirations, the focal point of a light cone that, mediated by the language of art, enables us to reach an ever-increasing dimension of conscience, in a projection towards infinity.
“We are that light”, says Chiara Dynys. “Light is movement, but also the architecture of another location inside us, because man, though suspended between Everything and Nothing, between the rationally incomprehensible immensity and the immensely small, is himself a vessel containing infinity in that daring flight that induces him to look afar”.
at M77 Gallery, Milan
until 12 March 2017