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La Pelle – Symphony of Destruction

Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio (IT), Luigi Ontani (IT), Italo Zuffi (IT), Nico Vascellari (IT)

5.3 – 30.3.2014

Curated by: Antonio Grulli & CODALUNGA

We would like not to give any information in this first communication. La pelle is a project aimed to refuse the hermeneutical turn that art took in the last decades. We would like to refuse completely this approach to art where language and words (I mean « words » from the conceptual attitude till the predominance that tools such as press release, labels, CVs, statements are getting in our art system) are the most important part of our work. We would like to come back to a more « erotic » attitude to art, not driven through language. If people want to know how is this show they have to be there. Erotic vs hermeneutical means also a bit of mystery. No user’s manual. people have to devote more for this project. If something will be missed it’s ok. That’s why we also don’t want to communicate the names of the artists in this phase. We know all those things are a bit weird but we think this occasion (like a blitz show in Sierre) are perfect to take some risks, and probably something new and different from what people have every day. La pelle is a project devoted to research on the idea of « surface ». In it’s many meanings. I’m not sure but I think we already talked about it. « Surface » as something that goes from « sensuality » till the use that thinkers such as Nietzsche, Artaud (skin as the door of the metaphysical domain and as the arena of cruelty), Karl Krauss, and moreover James Joyce (with all his anti – linguistic, hermetic, musical anti-writing) made of the idea of surface. I’m sure u got the point, we talked a lot about it. We took the title from the Malaparte book where the fiction is completely melted with the biographical, and that tell the story of Naples in the months right after world war second in a mix of ultimate cruelty and extreme sex.”

Nous ne tenons pas à communiquer d’informations. LA PELLE résiste au tournant herméneutique pris par l’art contemporain. Nous refusons complètement une approche de l’art dominée par le langage qui nécessite que nous consacrions le plus clair de notre temps à rédiger dossiers de presse, CVs, argumentaires, etc… Nous prônons un retour à une attitude plus « érotique » ou sensuelle dans l’art. Tous ceux qui veulent en savoir plus sur cette exposition, doivent venir la voir. Erotique vs Herméneutique, signifie aussi une part de mystère. Nous ne produisons pas de manuels à l’intention d’usagers. Tout ne doit pas nécessairement être compris et expliqué. C’est pourquoi nous ne communiquons pas non plus le nom des artistes. Ce que nous pouvons dire, c’est que LA PELLE traite de la notion de surface dans toutes ses acceptions. Quant au titre, il a été emprunté à Curzio Malaparte, dans le livre du même nom, mélangeant biographie et fiction dans un tourbillon onirique et cauchemardesque où se mélangent cruauté et sexualité, avec Naples comme toile de fond et la seconde guerre mondiale comme contexte.

5.3.2014, 16h00

Conference: presentation of the book Sentimiento Nuevo – Un’antologia (a cura di Davide Ferri e Antonio Grulli 2013, Edizioni MAMbo)