International 2011 Archives
Gian Paolo Striano, Terre irredente
Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples (Italy).
Blindarte contemporanea is glad to anounce the opening of the new Gian Paolo Striano exhibition at the gallery,Terre irridente. The Neapolitan artist dedicates this second solo exhibition at the gallery to his home town, and he makes it by quoting the famous expression of the Neapolitan politician Matteo Renato Imbriani, "Unredeemed lands", coined at the time of Risorgimento's struggles.
In the artist's opinion, the irredentism, that is the spirit of a people who -
It is mainly through the selection and use of certain materials that Gian Paolo Striano builds an exhibition that becomes a journey inside his own land: the Camorrists' stormed and hidden bunkers, the polluted sea of Naples Bay, the sandy shore of Bagnoli spoiled by Italsider steel plants. These are the symbols of a land that has always been trying to change its own history but is not yet able to find a solution and which remains irreparably unredeemed.
The first hall houses a large installation, Undercroft, where four logs of tuff and debris taken from ex unlawful quarries are arranged so that they outline a rectangular room, to represent the places where the criminal bosses spend their miserable life, a self-
The second hall houses La Luna a Marechiaro, a work where a symbolic marble switch, image of Naples town, points the rhythm of an intense light placed at the level of the reflection of the moon in the sea, pictured by the artist during a summer night in 2011. The flash of light is thus reflected on the large picture which displays the night view of Naples bay, symbolically black, replacing the real light with an artificial light, endlessly reminding vain hopes and actual problems.
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Exhibition 28 October -
Gian Paolo Striano, Steel Shore, 2011, sand of the arena of Bagnoli, dimensions variable. Courtesy Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples
Gian Paolo Striano, La Luna a Marechiaro, 2011. Photographic Print, Fresnel lens, electricity, enamelled iron, 165 x 75 cm