Maurizio Nannucci “What to see what not to see” at Galleria Fumagalli, Milan
Galleria Fumagalli is pleased to present the exhibition by Maurizio Nannucci “What to see what not to see”, in its Milanese space Via Bonaventura Cavalieri 6, opened in May 2016. The collaboration between the Gallery and Maurizio Nannucci begins in 2004 in Bergamo with his participation in the exhibition “AA.VV. 30”, followed in 2005 by the solo show “Neon Words”. “What to see what not to see” is the first solo exhibition of the artist in Italy after the large retrospective at the Maxxi in Rome in 2015.
The exhibition consists of a sequence of five new works by Maurizio Nannucci, realized in large neon of different colors that, through images, words and meanings, interact with the gallery spaces. In particular, this project focuses on the reiteration of affirmative and negative phrases that contain some semiological (concerning the sign) and semiotic (inherent the meaning) changes. Through this strict dialectic between two opposing poles, the artist’s research tends to highlight how the fulcrum of his own achievements is to be sought not in the effectiveness of a self-concluded act, in a peremptory affirmation, but in the continuous suspension of the semantic component of the reality in a precarious but generative space between affirmation and negation, between the impossibility of the response and the performativity of the demand, in a continuous expansion of its latent possibilities. What to see what not to see, what to say… what to hear… what to feel… what to love: the works appear as a series of questions in tension that reflect on the condition of man in society in a twofold relationship, with others and with oneself. The urgency that arises every day is to make a choice: what to see, what to say, what to think, what to perceive, what to love … how to orient our decisions. The meaning is always elusive, unresolved, but the purpose of Nannucci is not to offer solutions in itself, but to reflect and allude to the different possibilities of reading and interpreting the signs that surround us, in a continuous opening and declination of the semantic components intrinsic to their own accomplishments.
Nannucci’s work gives a symbolic value to the individual words, he himself says: “I believe that the image transcends the limits of representation, becoming a mental image, a virtual image that is born of a dream or an eye-catching dream, a visual and relative image, which can be summoned by one word, one sound, or one perfume … “Reducing visual media to language and writing, Nannucci pursues an artistic practice that evokes sensory perception, which transmits new spatial experiences and activates an exchange between the work and the viewer, motivating him in a free play of thought to a more in-depth and renewed relationship between one’s self, sensorial and conceptual, and the surrounding.
at Galleria Fumagalli, Milan
until 22 July 2017