Thomas Helbig – Quiet days in Salò
from 24th of September, 2011
Thomas Brambilla Gallery – Via Casalino nr 23/25 – Bergamo
The artist, Thomas Helbig, chose to limit the press release to one sentence; “MAI COMMETTERE UN CRIMINE SENZA CONCEPIRNE PRIMA UN’ ALTRO.” (to English; “NEVER COMMITING A CRIME WITHOUT CONCEIVING ANOTHER”.)
The title of the show is taken from Pasolini’s film, “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom”. Helbig, like Pasolini, does not want to give a ‘classical’ literary impression in advance.
Both reject the role of a prophet, thus allowing life and artistic stimulus to sail its own path. The viewer walks into the exhibition as a blank slate, liberated from literary prophecy and expectations.
The gallery will be set up like a theatre, putting the spotlight on the spectator’s intuitive responses to art. The birth of thought towards an artwork emphasizes the importance of the freedom to be aware of ones own, individual sensitivities.
Thank you Thomas Helbig, for liberating us from stock expectations, and for evoking the innate value of art; The freedom and recognition of the beholder’s delicate contemplations.
Approximately three sculptures and ten to twelve paintings will be on display.
Image above: Thomas Helbig, Untitled, 2011, mixed media, 145 x 48 x 48 cm
oil and fixative on paper, 17,7x 12,7 cm
oil on canvas, framed 60 x 50 x 4,5 cm
varnish and oil on canvas, 180 x 160 cm