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John Armleder

18.02.2015 | 28.03.2015
Massimo De Carlo, Milano

Massimo De Carlo is proud to present Charivari, a solo show by the Swiss artist John Armleder, that brings a new body of works and site specific installations in the gallery’s spaces of Via Ventura.

John Armleder’s universe stems into the irony and freedom that characterized the Fluxus movement. Through his stylistic and lexical breadth the artist creates a whimsical and glittering universe studded by multiform works that play with the boundaries between art and design, figuration and abstraction. The artist’s practice, which is a combination of smart and cultured irony paired with a fascination for the world of glamour and entertainment, eludes any possible definition. The Swiss artists’ practice is continuously changing: as for real life, everything flows naturally from one shape to the other.

With Charivari John Armleder presents a new series of eclectic and mysterious works, firstly by their nature, and secondly by the process through which they were made: these works synthesize the artists long exhibiting career. In the first room of the gallery John Armleder pays homage to the exhibition Horizon Home Sweet Home by James Rosenquist that took place at Leo Castelli’s gallery in 1970. Just as it happened then, the viewer is projected into a futuristic environment. Rhythmic installations composed by LED lights,

the melody of Blue Danube Waltz in the piano version by Josef Lhevinne, fills the room whilst playing at different speeds together with smoke machines: all these elements play a key part in creating a mysterious and surreal landscape that feels almost suspended. Black and gold canvases, of different shapes and sizes, emerge from this whimsical scenery, seeming to imitate an imaginary idea of perspective or a small detail of an unknown geometric reality. The exhibition is like a series of short stories that allude to the artist’s relationship with the city of Milan: inspiring shapes and titles of the works in the show always remain mysterious and indecipherable.

In the second room of the gallery there is a new group of Furniture Sculptures – installations juxtaposed to furniture, design objects, musical instruments and abstract paintings - transform the gallery into an extravagant domestic universe. Here we find bizarre compositions where each of us can project imaginary lives suspended between the order of reality and the chaos of dreams.

The second floor of the gallery is an explosion of colors: the walls and floors of the room are traced with moonscapes, primordial soups and imaginary biologies. John Armleder’s new Puddle Paintings, take shape as the artists pours paint on the canvases from above, are generated by Armleder’s collaboration with chance: glitter, unusual objects, small rubber animals and various decorations become trapped in the dense threads of paint transforming, with a touch of kitsch, the flat surfaces of the canvases explode with live material.

John Armleder

约翰·阿姆莱德 (JOHN ARMLEDER) 1948年出生于瑞士日内瓦,现工作居住在日内瓦。

约翰·阿姆莱德跨越五十年的职业生涯融合了该时期中各种相互竞争的美学发展历程。他是上世纪六十年代日内瓦激浪派的一员,是ECART GROUP的创始人,也是新几何运动的领军者。其作品以多样化而闻名,其中包括激浪派精神、抽象艺术、现成品和雕塑、表演艺术,以及房间大小的装置艺术。作为一名艺术家、雕塑家,同时也是表演艺术家,阿姆莱德不断提出问题:艺术是什么;它能做什么;怎样的艺术是被允许的。从房间大小的装置到抽象绘画,从几何构成主义到家具雕塑以及布满图案的墙纸,阿姆莱德的艺术诚然具有至上主义绘画、极简主义雕塑、具体主义和达达主义中日常物件化的属性。


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