Antonio Pedretti “Neverending Landscapes”

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Mag Gallery, Tomo Gallery and Institute of Italian Culture of Osaka

Mirrors in my languages

Master Marco Nereo’s International project based in Italy and Japan

curated by Salvatore Marsiglione, Stefano Fossati and Tomoharu Aoyama

Como on Saturday September 19th at 6.00pm
Kyoto on Thursday October 1st at 5:00pm
Osaka on Friday October 2nd at 5:00pm

on exhibit from September 19th to October 18th 2015

info Como : +39 3287521463
info Kyoto : +81 075 5854160
info Osaka :+81 06 62278556

MAG Como : Via Vitani, 31 Como Italia
Gallery Tomo : 1F Aoyama BLD 633 Shimogoryomaecho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 6040995 Japan
Institute of Italian Culture : Nakanoshima 2-3-18 mira-ku Festival Tower 17F Osaka 5300005 Japan

With the Patronage and support of the Italian Culture Institute of Osaka.
With the Patronage of Consulate General of Italy in Osaka.
With the Patronage of Kyoto City.
With the Patronage of Foundation Italia Giappone
With the Patronage of Luigi Russolo Association
With the Collaboration of JUNPA – Japan Universal Poets Association

Opening times: Como from Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:00am – 7:30pm

For the first time in the story of the three entities, we are producing an artistic project which is a journey, a sequence of openings, lighting spots where the “word” is a joining link between East and West.
A journey that begins in Como at MAG Gallery on September 19th with the first opening, to then go to Tomo Gallery in Kyoto on October 1st and finally to Osaka at the Italian Culture Institute on October 2nd. It will last till October 18th with the conclusion of all the three exhibitions.

An art show located in three different towns that connects two continents about culture and word through light’s mirrors that the Master Marco Nereo Rotelli especially created for this occasion.

A series of small steel foils which, like ideal windows, potholes or doors, have bright imaginary’s depth and words’ power between being and perceiving, between Italy and Japan. We are in front of an alteration of the mirror’s vision, as the modification of the mirror generates the alteration of the shape. There is an axiom, otherness is here identity.

In this project the Master Marco Nereo Rotelli deeply wanted to pay serious attention to the image that the word evoked him, applying a highly expressive energy but without making of it the main subject or representation. All poetry which emerges is love, each acid’s glazing is painting, cut off from the surface matter like a contemporary Rembrandt on ancient canvas.

Inspired by traditional Japanese fans’ aesthetics and shapes, Rotelli has created 14 artworks on plain paper with colored signs which repeat themselves in more works and spread in the whole exhibition and 14 artworks on bright colored felt, where, on the other hand, the design is symbolic, immediate, deep in its monochromatic line.

A very important moment for his artistic research was surely given by his approach to Barthes’ writing concept. Roland Barthes, theorist of the contemporary Semiology, considered to have got from his Japanese experience a proper education regarding what he defined “ empty sign’s ethics”.

In effect, Barthes during a 1969 interview, confirmed that “the travels to Japan remarkably changed the intellectual setting where I live, […] they essentially offered me a very new signs’ experience”.
Thought that effectively borns, where in every day reality you recover a communication where the Symbol, the signifier, overloaded of numerous references, loses its own one to a single word, to its meaning’s uniqueness.

Rotelli surely began from a consequent reflection about meanings’ unknown order. Through his isolated signs in small mirrors, that I should dare to consider like rear-view mirrors, the artist expresses, to my eyes, the utopia of a communicative space between signifier and meaning, this means that the empty space which surrounds the sign represents the mirrored reality.

In other words, these mirrors are connection points, a place where symbol and word, sign and language, coexist and represent an only reality.

Salvatore Marsiglione