press release

To celebrate the night of contemporary arts, Gagliardi Art System presents a selection of gallery works and artists, under the title High Resolution. Visitors will see works and installations which, by their very nature, can be associated with the notion of ‘high resolution’, as related to visual and, more generally, sensory inputs.

The installation by Daniele D’Acquisto seems to take spectators back to the experiments of Arte Povera, while in fact Daniele’s research is mostly informed by physics, String Theory in particular. S-Reverse has been recently exhibited at Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali in Polignano a Mare, as part of a one-man show curated by Lorenzo Madaro. Next to this work we find a Plexiglas triptych: PRSMG7M1/2/3, the first the artist made using laser, the hi-res tool by definition. Faced with these works, spectators have to find their own visual resolution in order to be able to read the work. The reflected image becomes part of the work itself, like the world behind it, as our eyes are required to work like a diaphragm to bring millions of pixels into focus on variable planes.

The same perception of finding oneself in a variable-resolution environment is felt when we plunge into the big installation Aerei by Fabio Viale. Here, too, our eyes drift among the details of several marble airplanes that look like paper origami. At the same time, our peripheral vision tricks us into believing that we are immersed in the work, with a flight formation looming above our heads. Observing Raben by Glaser/Kunz, we experience a similar feeling of being immersed in an environment that is both natural and artificial at the same time. In this case the feelings the work conveys to us are made possible precisely by the use of high-tech tools that are now available to artists, as in a modern palette. A skillful digital capturing of the soul and vitality of the protagonists (the crows), as well as a complex manipulation of files and of the projection and installation mechanism, make this work magical and surreal.

High Resolution condenses the whole work of Ralf Kaspers: in this case Ralf presents an obsessive repetition of elements that are in fact different from each other, and which he uses to build the texture of military insignia or decorations, chalks, or fabric. These elements are assembled into big photo works that require a double reading, of the whole picture and of its details, the hundreds of details that make up the work. Ralf Kaspers belongs to the school of Düsseldorf – a fortunate city, known for the extremely high (technical) skill, which it has reached in the field of printing, and which makes it unique in the world.

Frank Thiel also belongs to the same school. His eyes scan the buildings of suburban Berlin, and here, too, we can lose ourselves looking at the whole image, although we’ll probably be led to check every window in detail to see if there are human presences behind them that we can peer at. Structures made of Innocenti pipes, grids, and windows, create imaginary textures that seem to mimic those evoked by Kaspers.

Finally, Giuliana Cunèaz. She is the very definition of high resolution and hi-tech. Through an electronic microscope, the artist gets in touch with an indefinitely small world. The nanoparticles she observes become the subjects of visionary 3D videos, or are transformed into small sculptures. The works on display include two magic boxes in which all of the artist’s means of expression are assembled. Videos and sculptures co-exist in a symbiotic relationship within one scuptural, or specially designed, work, connecting memories of wunderkammer with highly modern elements or cutting-edge techniques of the most advanced research.