The artist presents "The Trilogy: Drawings" as part of his ongoing video and multi-media project in which he explores the relationship between personal and collective mythology. The show consists of works in ink and gouache on paper, a storyboard for the larger project of 3 videos in which the artist uses masks to investigate the possibilities in being a contemporary artist.
The Trilogy: Drawings. Premio New York Fall 2006 exhibition
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, together with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Directorate General for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation) and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, sponsor the Premio New York (New York Prize), a residency program for emerging Italian artists. The artists in residence for the fall semester of the Fifth Edition of the Premio New York are Paolo Chiasera and Eva Mattes.
Paolo Chiasera presents "The Trilogy: Drawings" as part of his ongoing video and multi-media project entitled "The Trilogy: Vincent, Cornelius, Pieter" in which he explores the relationship between personal and collective mythology. The show at the Italian Academy consists of works in ink and gouache on paper, a "storyboard" for the larger project of three videos in which the artist uses masks to investigate the possibilities in being a contemporary artist. In three separate videos Chiasera casts himself as the three renowned painters, Vincent Van Gogh, Cornelius Escher and Pieter Brueghel, donning simple hand-crafted masks and embarking on a mysterious quest. "Somewhere between conscious attack of the mechanisms of the social and aesthetic induction of a clearly ineffective form of mythology, and a blind faith in the myth as a representation of contemporary history and power, is the ambiguity that Chiasera strives for and which allows him - as an artist - both to toy with contemporary myths and judge them at the same time." (Andrea Viliani, Curator, MAMbo, Museo Arte Moderna Bologna).
Paolo Chiasera has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and is currently affiliated with the Massimo Minini Gallery in Brescia, and Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy.
Chiasera's works incorporate traditional artist media such as painting and sculpture within a performance and video format. His 2005 video "The Following Days" records a hallucinatory performance of three persons encountering the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini (as a 15-foot-high plaster sculpture) in the countryside near Bologna.
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Opening: Thursday, November 30, 2006, 6-8pm at the Italian Academy
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