November 19, 2016 > January 28, 2017
z2o Sara Zanin Gallery is pleased to present Dimensioni Variabili, the second solo show in the gallery space by Beatrice Pediconi, who exhibites her work in Italy after the multimedia project 9’/Unlimited presented at Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia (2013) and the recent second solo show in the United States Alien/Alieno at sepiaEYE gallery, New York (2016).
Within Beatrice Pediconi’s recent research chemistry, painting, photo, video and installations are interconnected, moved by the expressive necessity of the artist that constantly lands to new experiences and new visions. The painting on the water is the primitive technique from which all the other spring: mutation painting or performative act then?
The polaroid, medium she often used in her work, is present in the new and non-ordinary project Dimensioni Variabili, welcoming the visitors at the gallery entrance. Nine books, entirely handmade by the artist, mark the nine months she spent to realize them. The exhibition continues with a large format constellation of brand new works installed on the floor and shown for the first time, to get the visitor through the gallery main room, transformed in a shade zone, in which a recent-made video express the idea of movement and the matter mutation. The exhibition constants are the oil painting pigments and, obviously, the water: element we’re immersed in and from which we emerge at the time of our birth, when the individuals orient themselves through the sensations and their look catches only a chaos of shapes.
“(…) For decades Pediconi had the intuition that the first place to break the spell of transparency was with the subject. With standard transparency film, she captured the patterns of ink on water, recalling the Japanese sumiy-e masters. She made pictured of nothing. What was this fluid, organic space she invited us to enter if not an optical unconscious, Surrealism’s legacy, where basic categories of experience might be re-formed? No social programs were intended, no brave new worlds promoted. Instead these abstractions delivered a personal challenge that artists have been issuing for centuries: Leave your sleep. Pediconi made the transparency of water opaque, and, extending the project into video, she sought to revive that primordial sense of being water-borne (…)”. (Lyle Rexer, Transparency, Blindness, Water, translation by Franco Nasi, in Beatrice Pediconi - Something Alien…, 2016, Danilo Montanari Editore).