Michele Parisi

Galleria Cardi; Untitled & Artra

These two exhibitions of Michele Parisi’s work demonstrate the convergence of an image and a critical act. The subject of his work is the process of revising and reinterpreting the conceptual experience as a historical phenomenon and as an esthetic choice. According to Parisi, conceptualism is not a canonic system but a terrain where gestation and regeneration occur and new images arise. The problem posed here is whether conceptual practice can admit the risk of the image, violating what is sometimes taken as an esthetic tautology. Images also question the value that the minimalist and conceptual gesture places on the self-referentiality of material or writing. In Primumque furcis erectis, 1989-90, the conceptual seeks its own historical and anthropological roots in the words of Vitruvius and Lucretius. This installation was a staging of their historic-critical discourse on the origins of

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