For his first solo exhibition in Italy James Hopkins will present a series of sculptural meditations on the passing and perception of time and the inevitability of death. For the exhibition, the artist has transformed familiar objects into completely different items in order to propose an alternative reading to their inherent function, often portraying a duality that comments on the object’s alternative form. In the creation of these works Hopkins has repeatedly adopted the use of a layered format, an intensely laboured technique that facilitates the creation of three-dimensional objects from flat surfaces. He refers to this layering technique as being a metaphor for the passing of time, which renders all things ephemeral.
A text by Manuela Annibali will accompany James Hopkins’ exhibition.
For this exhibition Conrad Ventur revives the starlet and songstress Marlene Dietrich, re-presenting her performance of Pete Seeger’s anti-war song “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” in 1972. The minimal yet dazzlingly kaleidoscopic effect that Ventur employs to magnify and multiply the moving image across all points in the gallery, at once activates the space and offers a dizzying amplification of a historically poignant appeal.
A text by Ilaria Gianni will accompany Conrad Ventur’s exhibition.
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