March 21 – May 5, 2012
CO2 Gallery - Via Piave, 66 - Rome
Epipedon (from greek “epi”, above, and “pedon”, soil) is the horizon that takes shape at the surface of soil, and in which the structure of the parent rock is thus modified that it is not recognized anymore; furthermore, by the presence of organic substance it occurs with darker colors .
Epipedon gathers together twelve Italian artists of the last generations Salvatore Arancio, Francesco Arena, Francesco Barocco, Sergio Breviario, Chiara Camoni, Francesco Carone, Giulio Delvè, Ettore Favini, Francesco Mernini, Marco Morici, Giovanni Oberti e Luca Trevisani, who have been asked to reflect on the possibility of a different perception of sculpture, no longer as it is usually observed in 360 degrees or from the classical point of view of a person’s average height.
Each artist involved in the project worked on the concept of translating the line of horizon, such as to offer the viewer a considerably visionary landscape and to change the location of the work of art in space, according to an assumption already implemented by the master Giorgio De Chirico in the famous painting “The Disquieting muses”.
The masterpiece, painted in Ferrara in 1918, puts the viewer to a close distance with two lay figures and a series of mysterious objects scattered in a perspective space, placed on an inclined floor consisting of parallel beams. You have the impression of being in front of an aseptic, low and surreal landscape reproducing the Este Castle surrounded by buildings and towers.
The setting is transposed from the two-dimensional painting to the three-dimensionality of the gallery space, transformed into a scenario consisting of works conceived as sculptures-objects of small dimensions that the public can see in whole from two different points of views: from the bottom to contemplate on the horizon; from the top, with an overview and a distortion of that of the De Chirico’s perspective, from which the project takes its shape.
The space takes on the characteristics of a metaphysical landscape through twelve enigmatic and evocative appearances of the works of art, which result from a careful research and the involvement of some Italian artists who can open a reflection on the language and the potential of contemporary sculpture.
Image above: Giovanni Oberti, Untitled (Flea circus) 2012, glass, seeds, avocado and dust,
55 x 50 x 10 cm
26 x 35 x 22cm
35 x 18 x 15 cm
Wax Banana peel, Dry shoe lace