to build a fire
solo show @ Lia Rumma gallery, Milano, Italy Courtesy Lia Rumma gallery, Milan / Naples - True Love, steel, 2017 - ph Agostino Osio
I build a fire, I take a group of people and I arrange them around it. I observe them as they create bonds with each other, building up a network of interconnections that forms a shared reality.
Now let us imagine them venerating this marvel, packing it into something that preserves it. The chemical rule that moves bodies and worlds is thus locked up in these metal sarcophagi that writhe in space, dominating and succumbing, imitating the essence of their innermost selves.
Now that this mechanism of interconnections regulates their everyday lives, it is transcribed into concrete, becoming the standard that dictates their way of living together. Now that these unstable forces are encoded, that their ways of tackling ambitions and failures are set, and that even the memory of the tragedy has lost the life-giving spark that made it all so immense, they are ready to put into practice their celebratory system.
Ph. Agostino Osio
From left: Don't Lie To What Is In Your Blood; And, Again, We Must Survive This Winter; We Took What We Could Get; Everything Is Bleeding All Around The Sea; reinforced concrete, cm 85x220x9 each, 2017
As Ghosts Need Us, reinforced concrete, cm 100x55x12, 2017
As Steps Need Fear, reinforced concrete, cm 100x50x7, 2017
As Roots Need Corpses, reinforced concrete, cm 100x50x7, 2017
As Bloodstreams Need Dirt, reinforced concrete, cm 124x85x7, 2017
From left: The Weird Small God of This World; Something Better, Something New; To The Beloved On Earth #3; Everything Is Old Is Fastly Disappearing; To The Beloved On Earth #1; To The Beloved On Earth #2; concrete and zync-plated steel, variable dimensions, 2017. Ph. Agostino Osio
The effects of misinterpreting a story of which the human dynamics have been lost are just the same as ever. The connections begin to break up and condense into ever stronger nodes, and the entire system that has been created collapses into an age of consequences. The tubes shatter and stretch out into space, the metal freezes and gleams, the conduits are open and the diversity of all powers are concentrated into just a few points. Their mechanical value dwindles and they are transformed into symbols. The shift towards the final stage is quick and chaotic, as is often the case. The metal stops acting as a refuge, and they forget about the function of fire: it is now no more than a structure, and its mouths discharge its interior into the ground, which eulogises a single subject.
Ph. Agostino Osio
Ph. Agostino Osio
From left: Real Freedom Is To Be Replaced, marmolino and zync-plated steel, cm 50x50x180, 2017; The Begin Of The History Of The Sad King Of This Big Bad World, marmolino and zync-plated steel, cm 190x101x55, 2017; Make In The Second Year Of This Second Age Of The Same Fucking Nonsense, zync-plated steel, cm 133x103x25, 2017. Ph Agostino Osio
Hail To The Fucking Whatever, Again, zync-plated steel, cm 140x95x20, 2017
Here the mass agglomerates and the gestures come together more than ever, until they deify a single point, to the detriment of the others. Now they are even farther away from their origins, and the tragedy - by now entirely encoded - appears to be the easy way out. They have learnt to play with these idols, refining the propaganda, and now they can force all devotion towards one particular point. The mass agglomerates and the gestures unite. All is lost. Failed, once again. Let's try once more.