Claudia Wieser at Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri, Rome
Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri is currently presenting Stories, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by Claudia Wieser.
Claudia Wieser, who recently exhibited in the group show Thinking Tantra at the Drawing Room in London, is currently on a residency in Rome at the German Academy – Casa Baldi and these months spent in Italy have given her the opportunity to work closely with the territory and the institutions of our country.
This experience gave birth to three different projects, of which the solo show at Studio SALES is the first appointment, followed by the presentation of a big installation at Fondazione Memmo in Rome (16th December 2016), where the artist prepared a complex intervention in the columnated room of Palazzo Ruspoli.
Then, in the first months of 2017 she will show her work at the Museo Villa Croce in Genoa, where she will present with a major site-specific installation for the grand staircase of the Museum.
Stories is the title of this solo show at Studio SALES. For those who are familiar with Wieser’s work this title might sound unusual and it introduces an element of newness in respect of her previous exhibtions, where the fil rouge was always traceable in a formal element common to the exhibited works: their “being objects,” their spacial and architectural character or the medium of the artwork, thus leaving the viewer free to deduce the poetry and the harmonies intrinsic to the visual composition.
The exhibtion Stories is shaped in a different manner. A new series of small coloured pencil and gold leaf drawings are presented on the walls, realized by the artist for this occasion. Next to them, there are 5 black and white photographs: their subjects are details of videostills taken from the 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo film, The Battle of Algiers.
It is the first time that Claudia Wieser overtly introduces a strong narrative element in an exhibition, thus explaining the title chosen for the show: Stories. The insertion in the show of these 5 photographs suggests to the viewer that the overall exhibition is somehow connected with the present historical context, thus leaving its formal aspect to a second reading. In the film The Battle of Algiers Claudia Wieser sees the example of a perfect balance between the representation of a historical fact, as well as its urgency and violence, and the construction of a peculiar and evocative visual universe. This is the reason why the artist chose to introduce this particular subject in her show.
The 5 photographs lead the viewer towards the rest of the exhibition, that displays the most iconic motives in Claudia Wieser’s practice. The big wallpaper at the entrance of the exhibtion hall combines details of the photographs with partial images of palaces and marble columns taken from architecture books, that creates a modern trompe l’oeil and reshapes the gallery space, where the artist arranged a few sculptures. Two podiums covered with hand-made ceramic tiles realized by Cludia Wieser in her studio and 6 new wooden sculptures; some of them are just painted, the others have reflcting surfaces that mirror the viewers, the surrounding space and the other artworks in the show. These sculptures are sort of fake objects, pure compositions of elementary forms, self-referential and with no evident use. Their visual combination in the space enlivens the show, that finally takes form in the juxtaposition of multiple lines, echoing one another: the pure lines of the drawings and the sculptures, the spacial lines of the wall installation and eventually the naturalistic lines of the bodies in the photographs.
Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri – Piazza Dante 2 00185 Rome
2 December 2016 – 24 February 2017