escape landscapes

07/09/2013 – 12/10/2013

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C&H art space is proud to announce ‘escape landscapes’, an exhibition by the duo Mezzapelle&Deriu.

For this exhibition the art duo Mezzapelle&Deriu will show their latest cycle of works, LandEscapes. Mezzapelle&Deriu is the name of the art duo born in 2008. Since then, their artistic research has focused on the spatiotemporal peculiarities of contemporary life and on the exploration of new possibilities offered by digital and innovation technology. The new technology of a hyper-connected world, together with the deep crisis in which it is strongly involved, inevitably submit the dimensions of space and time in a process of redefinition. Adopting the technological innovations of their own age as a medium of expression, Mezzapelle&Deriu create a new poetic world and contemporary tools, such as 3D graphic software and laser prototyping, which become the medium of reflex and of reflection of today’s world.

The exhibition takes its name form the latest cycle of artworks, LandEscapes, installation/sculptures representing miniature worlds frozen in their unfolding and capable of intense narrative content: hundreds of polyamide miniatures are blocked in a dramatic scene showing the desire to run away. The biological instinct of escape and the necessary ‘something’ from which to flee are the translation of man’s contemporary condition, of his instability. These are scenes of a contemporary epic, a fresco of current times. This series continues the main idea, first proposed in 2008, by making ontology and its categories the ‘questionnaire’ Mezzapelle&Deriu work on by raising questions concerning contemporaneity.

The word LandEscapes reveals the intentions of Mezzapelle&Deriu who play upon the homophony of the words ‘escape’ and ‘landscapes’ to mark the polysemy of works with the precise aim of opening up the sense and interpretation to the infinite. The idiomatic expression ‘LandEscapes’ recalls the interdependence between landscape and escapes, but the paradox is that there is no spatial reference, no scenarios, no clarifications that define coordinates of space-time that can be identified with any precise place: they build non-places that are equally perceivable.

Since 2008 Lara Mezzapelle and Giacomo Deriu have been an art duo who live and work between Bologna and Barcelona. Mezzapelle graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and in Psychology. She has been working on the interaction between art and emotions and she developed projects for the Biennials of Istanbul and Vught. Deriu graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna more than ten years ago and since then he has been working as a 3D graphic designer and interactive programmer. In 2008 they won the Celeste Prize. In 2011 they were selected to exhibit Dirittura d’Arrivo, the sculpture that freezes the moment a plane rips in half, at the Padiglione delle Accademie at the 54th Venice Biennale.

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