Notes of a Generation #2
How can two Italian artists investigate the flow of time hrough art? The answer is in the series of exhibitions organized at MACRO, "Appunti di una Generazione #2" (Notes of a Generation #2), a project developed with the contribution of the most interesting names of the Italian art scene of the 90s. This time is the turn of Federico Pietrella and Donatella Spaziani, two artists who share the search on time. The exhibition, curated by Costantino D'Orazio, will open to the public until May, 15, 2016.
Pietrella and its datestamps
Federico Pietrella chose a unique way to represent time: the date stamp characterizes the works of the Roman artist who moved to Berlin. His images are a riot of stamps that imprint on the canvas the date on which they were 'inscribed'. The time is fixed on the artwork to remember the time it was made. A vivid memory that you can no longer change. The shades produced by the different pressure of stamping define the volumes of the figures of Pietrella works. Besides these artworks, a series of charcoals analyze the relationship between time and image.
Spaziani, the time beyond photography
Donatella Spaziani uses photography to capture past moments that represent fundamental stages of her artistic career. The result is a series of images that tell precious moments of her personal history; shots set in a cult object: television. The setting for the journey into the life of Spaziani is television. Born in Ceprano and graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, the artist chose travel as a constant companion of her life. She won many scholarships abroad, like the one for the Omi International Artists Residency in New York and "La Seine", the research program for the visual arts of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, and exhibited his works at the Universal Expo in Shanghai in 2010 as part of the exhibition "Piazze di Roma" (Squares of Rome), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.
The human body and the space around him
The body is an important element of the investigation of Spaziani. She focuses on how a silhouette can relate to the surrounding space. A body that sometimes, as in the case of animals, is deprived of any vital source and becomes pure measurement unit of space. A complaint that takes the form of fur of animals resting on some tables, because by now transformed into mere external surfaces. Fur which are also at the center of a series of paintings where the artist tries to represent the attempt of approach between the human body and the animal, and then to nature.
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