21 June – 28
Mon - Fri 11-19, Sat by appointment
Opening 21 June until 22.00, in coordination with Notturno, Start Milano.
Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. is proud to present an
exhibition featuring works by:
John Bock, (1965, Gribbohm, Germany, lives and works in Berlin)
Björn Dahlem, (1974, Munich, lives and works in Berlin)
Flavio Favelli, (1967, Florence, lives and works at Samoggia,
Michael Joo, (1966, Ithaca, USA, lives and works in New York)
Jonathan Meese, (1970, Tokyo, lives and works in Berlin)
Gregor Schneider, (1969, Rheydt, Germany, lives and works in Rheydt)
Brian Tolle, (1970, New York, lives and works in New York)
A dialogue with sculpture seen through seven young artists: one Italian,
Flavio Favelli, four Germans, Bjorn Dahlem, Jonathan Meese and Gregor
Schneider, one Korean, Michael Joo, and one American, Brian Tolle.
Humble or natural materials, often recycled, are a constant factor shared by
these artists, though their various poetics contain points of both encounter
Flavio Favelli, by taking out of context an environment made with tiles,
nailed wood and wrought iron, as in ‘Tribuna’, looks at the inner nature of
things to find a domestic dialectic that is also present in the section of
private space recovered by Gregor Schneider, in his removed plaster segment
(in the exhibition, 60x84.5x6 cm). Both Favelli and Schneider focus on an
everyday, intimate dimension, reconstructing parts of buildings or
interiors, which when isolated from their original context convey an idea of
abandonment and disturbance.
Faced with the works of Jonathan Meese we also experience a very disquieting
sensation, due to the obsessive, chaotic accumulation of the widest variety
of things, making it ideologically charged. Meese leads us into his private
vision of the world, constructing bizarre objects like the paper dolls
included in this show, which wear tiny wigs, or the display case in the
first room of the gallery, which contains a toy rifle, drawings, photos,
bronze syringes, puppets, all objects from his strange, special inner
In ‘Views from American attics IV’’ Brian Tolle expresses a surreal vision
between illusion and reality, through the photograph of a red brick wall
framed by a fake brick wall made with red painted styrofoam.
Björn Dahlem comes to terms with the representation of physical phenomena in
which the use of materials contributes to the idea of compositional
divertissement. The work in the exhibition is a plexiglas display case,
about three meters high, containing a large styrofoam star and a lit lamp,
in a futuristic take on physical-scientific phenomena.
Micheal Joo, with his five gray Coyotes, sculptures in resin, each appx. 60
cm in height, prompts reflection on the animal kingdom, always wavering, as
he sees it, between the artificial and the natural.
A ball of adhesive tape on the floor seems to limit the ascent of the jersey
held suspended from the ceiling but connected to the ground by a series of
rags; this is the extraordinary earth-sky work by John Bock, a fine
representation of dynamics and forceful theatrical impact.