Michelangelo Pistoletto at Ravizza Brownfield Gallery, Honolulu
The Ravizza Brownfield Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibition rooms in a historical building in the center of Honolulu, Hawaii.
The project, started on the initiative of Allegra Ravizza together with the American Shari Brownfield, aims at becoming a cultural pole for promoting European art in Hawaii as well as being a place for an exchange of ideas and research with the local territory. The gallery intends to be a cultural crossroads, a place where artists can be the pioneers of a new world sited between America and Asia.
The gallery’s new venue is hosting for its opening a solo show by Michelangelo Pistoletto, the first European artist to create a specific project for Hawaii.
The exhibition layout, conceived in collaboration with Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana), that the artist himself has imagined, has placed, at the center of the gallery, a site-specific installation “Senza titolo” (Metamorfosi), Untitled (Metamorphosis),1976, in which a pile of rags and used clothes is divided in half by a double mirror. The clothes on one side are multi-colored while, on the other, they are completely white. So while we can perfectly see that we are dealing with two different halves, the mirror redoubles each half to complete it and makes it seem that, from one side or the other, the pile consists of uniform clothes, either all white or all colored. The viewers are involved in a relationship with the work, and their ability to “see” beyond the appearance, the mirrored reflection, and its pleasant illusion, allows them to understand that the pile of rags is not uniform, that the division (by the mirror into two halves) blocks any real perception of the whole, that the mountain of clothes is such only if formed from both halves.
In the show it will be possible to see the “Love Difference” project, conceived in 2002 in order to attract interest to the dialogue between the countries of the Mediterranean area, and it was then specifically rethought for the gallery in relation to the countries that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The words “Love Difference” will be translated into all the languages of the Pacific Ocean countries, including those of the Samoan islands and other small linguistic areas, and will be represented through colors ranging from yellow to green and finally blue in order to make visible to the viewers the color spectrum of the splendid land of Hawaii: Sun, sky, and sea, and then the green heart of the luxuriant and extraordinary force of nature.
The show aims at creating a dialog with the Hawaiian situation. The artist, as a mark of respect towards the local populations, has decided to use Hawaiian as the first language, together with English, both in the press release and in the catalog.
In an interplay of ideas and dialoging with the many peoples who populate these islands, the “Terzo Paradiso” project will also be seen in the exhibition in a new and quite original version. Pistoletto’s rearrangement of the mathematical sign for infinity, a symbol of the third paradise of the title, and represented by three consecutive circles, will be used for printing temporary tattoos. These will be distributed both in Hawaii and in Europe to create a new dialog between the symbol/tattoo and the person bearing it, between different cultures, tradition and modernity, and between nature and artifice. The two outer circles represent all the diversities and contrapositions, while the central one interpenetrates the other circles and represents the generative womb of a new humanity. The “Terzo Paradiso”, The Third Paradise, a project aimed at creating respect for the environment and the relationship between what is artificial and nature, is extremely close to Hawaiian culture, one in which an uncontaminated nature, like an earthly paradise, is strongly contradicted by violent urbanization.
In the catalog essay, the critic Marco Meneguzzo highlights how the theme of relationships is at the heart of the works by Michelangelo Pistoletto. “’Relationship’ means, first of all, a ‘meeting’; one between people and things. This concept is very evident in the actions linked to ‘Love Difference’ and ‘Terzo Paradiso’. An understanding of ‘difference’ – between cultures, between human beings, and between the ideal and physical products of these cultures… -, and the achievement of this ‘Terzo Paradiso’ is the result of the harmonic relationship between differences if, as the artist states, there has to be a union between nature and culture, in a sign formally close to the mathematical one for ‘infinity’ – ∞ -, and visibly understandable as the union of two separate nuclei that then unite with a third central nucleus that, as a result of this union, is larger.”
at Ravizza Brownfield Gallery, Honolulu
until 31 May 2017