To Dream, to Collect


The exibition titled The cinematic eye takes place at A Arte Studio Invernizzi in Milan (Via Domenico Scarlatti 12) from 15 March to 4 May 2016.

Curated by director Francesco Castellani, this exibition investigates relationship between contemporary art and cinema. Artists chosen for this complex, intense inquiry are: Nicola Carrino, Enrico Castellani, Alan Charlton, Carlo Ciussi, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Riccardo De Marchi, Lesley Foxcroft, François Morellet, Mario Nigro, Pino Pinelli, Niele Toroni and Michel Verjux. These artists, in Castellani's words, try with their artistic actions to give a visible form to what moves beyond the threshold of the visible, beyond conventional time and space, outside and inside ourselves, in the vastness of the Universe as also within the complex labyrinth of the interior world. A research that they share with the most courageous directors.

Contemporary art investigates repeatedly, painfully what is out of field. Artists and directors always look for what we can't see, for what is out of our sight and, as a result, out of our understanding.

The works exposed are proposed in a 'system of vision' articulated on the two floors of the gallery in three 'plane sequences'. Film critic André Bazin expalins that plane sequences allow the spectator to choose the elements to concentrate on. The exibition's plane sequence allows visitors to walk though a fluid continuum, choosing where to put our eyes and where to focus.


Nicola Carrino sculpture


At the upper floor, in the center of first room, we find a three dimensional sculpture by Nicola Carrino. On the walls, we can see other works by Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Riccardo De Marchi and François Morellet. Physical limits of the artistic action (space for sculpture, paintings for painters) are shared limits, a common threshold to overcome towards the representation of the out of field, of what is beyond the threshold of the visible. (quote from press release). In the next room the work by Niele Toroni appears like a cinematographic sequence. Brush marks on paper grow in progression from one to six.


Niele Toroni


The spotlight by Michel Verjoux is the ideal connection between upper and lowest floor. The spotlight lights up the stairs. The visitor goes down the stairs enlightened, like a Gloria Swanson (remember Sunset Boulevard?).

Here at the lowest floor we find a more analytical approach. Artists study constitutive elements of images and cinema. Works by Alan Charlton, Carlo Ciussi, Lesley Foxcroft, Mario Nigro e Pino Pinelli are visible form of the invisible, elaborations of a universe never calm, always moving and changing.


The cinematic eye. Visual arts and the cinema beyond the threshold of the visible.

Curated by Francesco Castellani. A Arte Invernizzi (Milano, Via Domenico Scarlatti 12),

15 March - 4 May 2016. Opening hours: 10 - 13, 15 - 19, from Monday to Friday. 





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