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& Mehra / Federico Guida
Two person exhibition curated by Gianluca Marziani
Exhibition catalogue accompanying this project
27 October 2007 - 15 February 2008
Gallery presents to the public the second show of its program
2007-2008. This is the first of a series projects titled AROUND;
two person exhibitions that bring together the work of an Italian
artist and a foreign artist.
The photography of Maslen & Mehra. The painting of Federico
The body that becomes geography. The landscape that metabolizes
The intention of First Gallery is to open a space that can give
life to projects of quality, accommodating national and international
artists in the extraordinary frame of the historical center
of Rome. The space is composed from four environments that cover
a surface of beyond 200 square meters. The aim of First Gallery
is to engage with artists, national and international curators
and realise "open" collaborations between different
media and subjects. The project will include traditional media
such as painting and sculpture but will also incorporate photography,
video and other disciplines like music and writing.
Maslen & Mehra open their photographic lens in a wide field,
on the territories of the world, finding a subject in things
we take for granted. Cities like Paris and Berlin, woods and
forests, desolate beaches: are situations in which they map
out the geography of placement. Shimmering presences; the narrative
field in which, the outline of the two sculptors becomes an
anomalous protagonist in a silent invasion. Here soldiers in
salute, animals of various species, people in civilian clothes
and postures: They stand in real space but their bodies are
pure mirror, destabilizing the spacial relations but also the
typical way we look at social dynamics.
Maslen & Mehra construct their scenes in meticulous frames,
positioning the sculptures before photographing them. The images
are born from installations in real space in which the arrangement
of the works seems like a hypothetical performance. It is a
transcontinental journey that evokes and refreshes the relationship
between figure and its placement.
Maslen & Mehra live and work in London. Maslen & Mehra
appear courtesy Galerie Caprice Horn/ Berlin.
Federico Guida drives in his world of devastated flesh, uneasy
noisy bodies, fears and ferocious intimacies. A decent into
shadows in a theatrical light where flesh is consumed and celebrated
in a mystery of instincts. Around the revealed bodies move inserted
and geometric contaminations; That transform into a heterogeneous
pattern, a linguistic reference to Greenway who seems to have
met Lucien Freud in a cruel theatre.
Guidas painting metabolizes different stimuli. You feel the
weight lightness and the impact between softness and between
the living and the inert. It pulses between counter points,
finally fluctuating between nature and artifice, rough and smooth.
For his first show in Rome, the Milanese artist is exhibiting
a series on boxing.
Federico Guida lives and works in Milan