Luca Francesconi – Geode Cupa
Fluxia is glad to present its second solo exhibition by Luca Francesconi (Mantua, 1979). Geode Cupa is a gestating, potential exhibition. His attempt is to describe a pregnant, female identity through a series of fragments and works, elements that serve to provide a semantic field around this hypothetical figure.
The gallery space, a physical counterpart of the narrative framework , is built around some evidences of this gloomy maternity. The adjective “cupo” means, in italian, hollow or convex; but also dark, cavernous, like a maternity reconnected to its wild, primary instinct.
The sculptures of a pregnant belly and an arm, caught in the act of grabbing, are the most literal expressions of this latent character. The black Belgian marble is here led to a precise point of polishing, a technique often used by the artist in his most recent works, which makes it very similar to plastic. The material is transfigured in order to emphasize its genesis: born from the sedimentation of liquid hydrocarbons, made solid by the action of time. Little fishes swimming in a bowl, rocks and small objects, a black imprint of soot on a wall are some of the other elements that compose/ discompose an event “real without being actual, ideal without being abstract” (Marcel Proust). A geode is a concretion of crystals that arises spontaneously inside the rocks. From a very small scale – just a grain – it multiplies, gradually, to become an empty and closed space hidden in the stone. The geode embodies the unpredictability of both a creative and destroying force, able to break the structure of materials in which it settles his glittering void. Concealed within the cavity of a mountain as a sterile uterus, this dark, potential space expands into an absence of matter that escapes reality.
Fluxia – via Giovanni Ventura 6, Milano
January 30 – March 10, 2013