Dis moi une chose, 2015

“Fior di Fragola” resina, pigmento, cm 120 d / resin, pigment, cm 120 d

Vista dell’installazione/ installation view

Particolare di “Fior di Fragola”  / “Fior di Fragola” ‘s details

Back Stage shooting of “Fior di Fragola” in movement by Guido Tosi

“Dis-moi une chose” vista dell’installazione/ installation view

“Dis-moi une chose” resina e pigmento, cm 75 x 75 x 8 / resin and pigment, cm 75 x 75 x 8

“Dis-moi une chose” resina e pigmento, luce al neon, WowPowder, cm 75 x 75 x 8 / resin and pigment, neon light, WowPowder, cm 75 x 75 x 8

“Mondrian” ferro cromato e laccato, cm 75 x 75 x 18 / chromed and lacquered iron, cm 75 x 75 x 18 

 

“Fino all’inizio” composizione murale/ wall composition

“The story of G and M; Michelle doesn’t know George” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6

“M+C+2B; MAkeda & Chad have 2 babies, Makeda loves violet” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6

“C+G+2B; Cai Wen Wu have 2 babies, Gai loves green” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6

“The story of C and G; Cai Wen doesn’t know Gai Wu” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6

“The story of C and M; Chad doesn’t know Makeda” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6 

“G+M+2B; George and Michelle have 2 babies, Michelle loves orange” ferro, legno e resina, cm 120 x 80 x 6 / iron, wood and resin cm 120 x 80 x 6                                                                                                                                                

 

“Jigar” Polaroid – Aggiro la parete per giungere al seno dove una trottola vestita d’oro intarsiato trova riposo distesa su un prezioso tappeto. Lo sguardo ora si ferma, come assorto in contemplazione di una bellezza mai vista, in cui trova il suo sollievo. (Jack Recalcati)

 

Dis-moi une chose

Dal 28 maggio al 30 giugno 2015 / from 28 May to 30 June 2015

a cura di /curated by Alberto Mattia Martini.

Galleria Melzi Fine Art, Milano / Milan

 

Il titolo dell’esposizione,“Dis-moi une chose”scaturisce dal concetto di creazione, intesa come elemento che ci consente di apprendere, conoscere e quindi comunicare. Matteo Negri ha pensato e realizzato un progetto site specif, che consiste in una grande sfera fucsia posta al centro dello spazio espositivo, sulla cui superficie sono poste le lettere dell’alfabeto. I caratteri in rilievo del globo divengono matrice che, rotolando su un “tappeto” di silicone bianco, imprimono la casualità ma al contempo la determinazione di un significato relazionale. Una genesi sferoidale che “donandoci” parole, dialoga con il prossimo. L’idea di sfera intesa come globo terrestre da cui tutto ha origine, si dipana anche nella serie delle Mappe, frutto dell’indagine attenta, indefessa, quasi ossessiva che Negri ha messo in atto sia sui materiali sia in relazione al linguaggio cromatico. Il Lego, il celebre mattoncino, divenuto quello che potremmo definire ‘un marchio di fabbrica’ dell’artista, si trasfigura nella base, negli oceani e nei mari, da dove emergono i continenti. L’indagine dell’origine del mondo, della sua evoluzione o trasformazione, diviene il pretesto o comunque lo stimolo per riflettere sull’origine del nostro pensiero e sulla conoscenza come elemento generatore, che si rivelerà emblema di verità. Per proseguire l’investigazione concepita come ricerca intellettuale, dobbiamo scendere nel sottosuolo della galleria, dove l’artista ha installato, entro un suggestivo dedalo di tappeti antichi, un oggetto enigmatico e misterioso. Dove frammenti di memorie orientali e intarsi rinascono in una forma nuova. Questo jigar dorato ed evocativo sarà visibile solo durante l’inaugurazione, una piacevole esclusiva per il pubblico che interverrà durante il vernissage.

 

Let’s start from the sensorial perception we tend to, when we think of the exhibition by Matteo Negri. The most suitable word to express what my senses feel is: mystery. Analysing Negri’s exhibition, our first meeting with mystery is right in the title, a sentence in French: Dis – moi une chose. The title refers clearly to an attempt of creating a dialogue or, at least, a channel of communication. The title refers to one of the works in the exhibition. In particular, the misleading title of this work, Fior di Fragola, has a crucial role in the theoretical and cognitive meaning of the event. At this point, the concept of creation steps in. Matteo Negri conceived and realised this work as site specific. This big fuchsia globe with alphabet letters on its surface, Fior di Fragola indeed, has been placed at the centre of the exhibition. The character in relief on the globe rolling on the white clay “carpet” become the matrix which produces a random and specific relational meaning in the same time. It’s a spheroidal genesis which speaks “giving” us the words. This big monochrome globe, without continents, states or nations, erases symbolically any kind of communication barrier, linguistic, political or religious. This is a planet where we learn, know and communicate with no imposed limits. In opposition to the static cube, the sphere rolls on itself. As it never changes identity, it puts Earth in connection with the Universe. As Plato reminds us in his Timaeus, Universe is sphere-shaped and includes all elements as well as any living being. The concept of circle is not defined only by the place and the environment, but also by who lives this habitat. Going back to Plato and his famous Symposium, he explains us, through Aristophanes’ voice, that men originally were different from now. They were made of two bodies jointed by their chest and belly, and they were round shaped. So Fior di Fragola becomes the main work in the exhibition, both for its position as well as for its symbolic meaning. The feeling of mystery is always uneasiness and astonishment, even if mankind has always tried to face or explain these mysteries through reminiscence: to go back to where we come from , our origins, our history, our place, me and everything, our physical and spiritual identity, in connection with the space and territory where everything was conceived and born. The idea of the sphere intended as the Globe which generated everything extends to the Maps series. Matteo Negri studied with great care and persistency the substances and chromatic language for these works. So, let me now put in evidence the artistic itinerary of Negri. This excursus will mainly focus on the subject of the exhibition, as this is not the adequate place for an anthological or retrospective view on the artist. He is very young. Some aspects must be considered to better understand the artist’s point of view and the value of his exhibition. Why did he choose the Lego “symbol” as such a crucial and essential element in his work? The first step regards attention, intended as an element, an object or an idea Matteo is attracted by. Negri’s decision to concentrate on a certain research comes from the appeal “something” has on his mind. To better understand this, let’s go back to when Matteo Negri was “recycling”. He was collecting objects found in incredibly various places, as if he wanted to investigate their previous lives to then give them another chance with an artistic identity.