Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde New works from Berlin

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March 16 – April 30 2012

Magazzino d’arte moderna – via dei Prefetti 17 – Rome

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is group show curated by Vita Zaman with the participation of David Adamo, Tim Eitel, Andy Hope 1930, Robert Janitz, Gianluca Malgeri, Andrea Salvino, Dirk Skreber. Taking cue from the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the exhibition displays a kind of emotional script that narrates, through a play of mythologies, excesses, realities and absences, extreme and barely visible visual states, the complexity and wideness of painting related positions and researches through the works of the seven participating artists.This research articulates between the materic abstraction by Robert Janitz, the cold and metaphysical atmospheres of Tim Eitel’s paintings, the anti-historic and explicit figuration of the paintings and drawings by Andrea Salvino, to the neo-pop references of Andy Hope’s and Dirk Skreber, the latter crossing the border into the field of sculpture. Sculptural are also the expressions of David Adamo and Gianluca Malgeri, linked in different ways to Arte Povera, on one hand, a gesture and performative manipulation of materials, revealing its bare equilibriums and highlighting new semantic and symbolic functions (Adamo); on the other hand, the use of a trace-object, a remain, a rewritable and recombined element into some sort of archaeology of the present, that is, a central theme within Malgeri’s oeuvre.

With the intention of giving a concrete spatiality to this concurrence of positions and gestures, the exhibition is articulated between the spaces of the gallery as a confused discourse, sometimes crowded and rarefied at the same time, a schizoid flow of images that doesn’t negate, but rather suggests, the possibility of a dialogue between such different actors.

Image above: Tim Eitel - Collar, 2011 - oil on canvas - 50 x 50 cm

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Robert Janitz

Blushing Sweetheart, 2011

oil, encaustic, soot on linen

33 x 28 cm

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Robert Janitz

Brechtian Self-Portrait (the actor plays a lunatic playing an actor), 2012

lasercopy on vellum

28.6×21.6 cm

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Gianluca Malgeri

Foglie secche, 2012

mixed media on paper

71 x 71 cm

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Gianluca Malgeri

Anfora, 2007

Ceramic tiles, steel, lamp

47 x 22 x 22 cm

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Tim Eitel

Glance, 2012

oil on cavas

21 x 29.7 cm

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Andrea Salvino

La mer en Hiver, 2011

mixed media on paper

24 x 34 cm

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Andrea Salvino

Nicht versohnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht /Non riconciliati o solo violenza aiuta dove violenza regna, 2011

pencil on paper

34 x 28 cm

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Andrea Salvino

Nicht versohnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht /Non riconciliati o solo violenza aiuta dove violenza regna, 2011

pencil on paper

34 x 28 cm