Jacopo Miliani “Male Male Malen” at Marsèlleria, Milan
Marsèlleria presents Male Male Malen, solo exhibition by Jacopo Miliani, that will take place in the venue of via privata Rezia 2.
“Pittura maschio maschio.”
“Lieber Maler” (Dear Painter)… a German painter said … “Male Mir” (Paint for me)*… Bringing painting to be not only a medium connected with looking, but also a gesture.
Jacopo Miliani’s show attempts to translate a personal universe through the painting medium, which has been taken on by the artist for the first time, with big irony.
In the exhibition, the body is at the centre of the representation: a carnivalesque explosion that, instead of masking itself, reveals its intimacy. Maybe, this is the proper role of the make-up and the mask.
Movements and gestures, whose documentation is included inside the artwork itself, activate different elements of abstract, monochrome and also figurative painting.
Melancholic and absurd figures (mime, Pierrot, geisha), collide with childish memories creating a half-serious aura, connected with the exhibition environment. In the show there are different collaborations with performers and artists, including Miliani’s mother: Antonietta Federici Miliani, whose pictorial style counterpoises and challenges the conceptual feature of her son.
The show reveals painting not only as external surface, but also as a game that contains an emotional dimension, where you could mirror yourself or where a new face will be revealed.
Between order and disorder, there is a chaos that brings forth several questions. Starting with the title of the show: “Male Male Malen” is translated by Google Translator as “Pittura Maschio Maschio” (from Italian Male Male Painting). But also in many other different ways… It depends on the selected languages.
Which is the relationship among translation, painting and manhood representation?
* Lieber Maler, Male Mir is the title of a painting series by Martin Kippenberger, dating back to the 80s, and the title of a 1968 song by Gus Backus.
at Marsèlleria, Milan
until 28 June 2017