Alessandro Di Pietro and Jacopo Miliani at CAB Grenoble

Until the New Year, the two upper floors of the Centre d’Art Bastille in Grenoble, France will be hosting artwork by artists Alessandro Di Pietro and Jacopo Miliani, who were selected for the Double Cross project.

Developed within PIANO, the Franco-Italian curatorial platform directed by Simone Frangi and Vincent Verlé, the Double Cross project was created through a draft exchange, by following the specifics of the two organizations of which Verlé and Frangi are the main curators: CAB (Centre d’Art Bastille in Grenoble) and Viafarini DOCVA (Milano).

The two curators respectively chose two Italian artists and two French artists who spent a residency of one month in Grenoble and a residency of one month in Milan (both in the Fall of 2015).

 

Jacopo Miliani, CAB, Grenoble

Jacopo Miliani, Not with a Bang, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB, Grenoble, FRUTTA, Rome and Studio Dabbeni, Lugano.

 

The name Double Cross was chosen because, in the current scientific language, the expression refers to a genetic process that produces a hybrid entity of two existing hybrid entities. The month of workshop and residency for the four artists led them to explore and hybridize their artistic directions.

“I would say that our cooperation has had, from the outset, a predisposition not to be explicit. The placement on two different floors of the CAB made it impossible for a direct visual relationship between the various elements of our installations, but intensified the dialogue between two different methods of semantic re-elaboration in space.”*

 

Alessandro Di Pietro, CAB, Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, AZATN – Props, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB – Grenoble

 

At the very first floor we can observe the modular installation proposed by Alessandro Di Pietro. The display is formed by six iron and concrete elements presenting the accessories to an ongoing project, based on the reinterpretation of a movie by Peter Greenaway, A Zed and Two Noughts. The artist decided to focus his attention on the last scene of the movie: Di Pietro creates a cluster of scientific, naturalistic and artistic images which analyze the real nature of the human being and its limits.

The works of art presented at CAB show the symbolical elements of this scene and, at the same time, propose a rework onto them to create, de facto, a new script.

The installation by Alessandro Di Pietro at CAB represents the third step of an ongoing project that will lead to the eventual realization of a film. The artist considers the production of a movie like a longterm research program, that starts with an installation, evolves into a performative act, and ends through a speculative phase (post-production). Due to that, the film won’t be a remake, but a new production. The works presented at CAB show elements of a cinematographic “grammar system,” that here are used as components for a plastic research. Here cinema is considered to be as a field of real actions that allows the artist to engender the raw material for his artistic research.

 

Alessandro Di Pietro, CAB, Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, AZATN – Props, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB – Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, CAB, Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, AZATN – Props, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB – Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, CAB, Grenoble

Alessandro Di Pietro, AZATN – Props, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB – Grenoble

 

Stepping down to the second floor (the building has three floors but the entrance is at the top) we find a space completely dedicated to an installation by Jacopo Miliani. The second Italian artist chosen to take part in the Double Cross project dedicated his work to the novel Not With a Bang by Howard Fast. The story is about a strange phenomenon that happens one evening in front of the hero’s eyes: a hand appears from the horizon, takes the sun and makes it completely disappear.

Miliani gives a conceptualized interpretation to this story, in which two fundamental elements (the hand and the sun) are represented in different aspects. The magnificent sculptural quality of these elements is underlined by the presence of three carpets that become like flat pedestals, and the peculiar displays both show and cover their captions: the story is shown just as a fragment that suggests but doesn’t reveal itself.

 

Jacopo Miliani, CAB, Grenoble

Jacopo Miliani, Not with a Bang, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB, Grenoble, FRUTTA, Rome and Studio Dabbeni, Lugano.

 

“As regards the constant fruition within the imaginative process, we could say that this was also the central theme of two workshops, which we conducted in parallel, with a few young Grenoble artists. With their imagination, we worked starting from two strong images from the stories we had taken as a reference: the hand that turns the sun off in Fast’s story and the figures of the twins in Greenaway’s film.”*

* Quotes from an interview on PIANO

Alessandro Di Pietro and Jacopo Miliani, Double Cross, curated by Vincent Verlé at CAB – Centre d’Art Bastille in Grenoble through January 3, 2016

 

Jacopo Miliani, CAB, Grenoble

Jacopo Miliani, Not with a Bang, 2015
Courtesy the artist, CAB, Grenoble, FRUTTA, Rome and Studio Dabbeni, Lugano.

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