MERVE ISERI, MIGUEL MARINA, TIZIANO MARTINI, MARTA RAVASI, RUSSEL TYLER
DOG IN THE WINDOW
18.07.2022 > 24.09.2022
A+B Gallery presents “Dog in the Window,” the first in a likely series of group exhibitions, displaying works by Merve Iseri (Istanbul, 1992), Miguel Marina (Madrid, 1989), Tiziano Martini (Soltau, 1983), Marta Ravasi (Merate, LC, 1987) and Russell Tyler (Summertown, TN, 1981). The artists, coming from different traditions and experiences, are united by a particularly careful and central use of pictorial subject matter, at the expense of narrative and representational elements. Some of them are also exhibiting for their first time in Italy.
“Dog in the window” – a quote taken from Federico Ferrari’s “Homo figurans” – is inspired by the animal gaze of the dog looking out the window. The room in which the animal is found, is located in a city and is intermittently and multicoloredly lit by a television that someone
is presumed to be watching.
“The empty animal gaze is turned toward the world,why not toward the world-image? Why does the dog activate its instinct if not for the world and not the world conceived by the image? Why is man enraptured by representing the animal?”
Painting is one of the first tools capable of creating image-worlds. Each of the artists in the exhibition practices transformation processes of matter that, through actions and gestures, arrive at a vision. Matter has generative function, thanks to its physical characteristics, in which the artist’s intuitive and cultural approach is condensed: in other words, matter records and returns what is permanently recognized. This is the concept to be investigated, where the gap from the animal gaze is found, and where artists act to renew their ability to distinguish themselves from the world.