H'art Gallery
Str. C.A. Rosetti 25 - et. 5 - Ap. 24 - interfon C024


Eye for an eye, art for an art

Giuliano Nardin - 001

Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
15.09.2018 - 15.09.2018
  • 19:00 - Deschidere
  • 15:00 - Inchidere
For almost 10 years, Giuliano has put together a treasure trove of work, which we're beginning to uncover now, starting with his first show, '001'. It consists of works done around 2007, selected by Gili Mocanu, along with the artist. One must give credit where credit is due, and state that Gili was the eye who drew my attention to this rich and subtle work. The current series of works outlines a bond motif - the bridal veil as a power element. The works are all character portraits, not at all real people, and are all endowed with a cloak-veil that can be, simultaneously, a symbol of virginity, but also of superhero ability. It's an anthropological visual investigation of potential internal characters. Although they look crude and bear some resemblance to masks, they are, in fact, that which is hidden underneath the mask of social, polite, humanity. Civilisation is an interactive play of artificial constructs which confounds inter-subjective reality with inner truth. Giuliano unmasks, the veil is actually a way to conceal the face of the psyche from the conformist eye of society. It also doubles as a cloak, which envelops and obscures. The English word, 'cloak', can be used as a verb, 'cloaking', meaning 'obscuring', 'making invisible'. The cloak as a veil is an attribute of power which can only be constructed through disguising what is natural and normal. Any king knows that the ritual of coronation employs a subtle symbolic arsenal: encircling the head with a precious ringlet bestows authority upon the wearer, while enslaving him at the same time. The regal kind of power is also man's first attempt at becoming entirely artificial. The king cannot be just anyone, moreover, the king cannot be any ONE specifically, regular experiences are only possible during nocturnal escapades, in disguise. Every gesture, from table manners to the ones behind the regal defecation screen, is ritualised, transformed with elegant emphasis. The basic idea of artificialising consists of transforming that which is simply human into a generic construct. A king lifts the fork, not just any fork, the axe of punishment, not just any old hatchet, when he closes his eyes, night falls on his entire kingdom. A king can truly conjure up a storm in a glass of water. That's why, within many symbols of power, lurk deeper meanings of the deal that any 'king' makes with the devil. The deal with the devil is, actually, all that is unnecessary within the natural order of the soul, and is a mental construct. Artificialising but denies what is spiritually and biologically natural. It is, to great extent, all that surrounds us, civilisation itself and, of course, even art. I'm talking about art that serves, as it has done for centuries, establishing and perpetuating social power. Art has held this position of master of ceremonies for the longest time and, in many of its contemporary forms, it still holds on to it. There are few artists who refuse to turn into mere tools of religious discourse (no matter how absolving), or ideological discourse (no matter how progressive), and who try to demystify the reality they see as anti-artistic. Here, Giuliano performs an veiled unmasking (his, ours, theirs), all that is built and spiritually uncharacteristic vanishes. What is in alignment with the invisible interior remains. (Dan Popescu) Traducere Flavia Yasin