Praz-Delavallade | Paris

The works of Vedovamazzei (Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala) always result from an encounter with reality, either the physical reality of an object or the virtual reality of information. This exhibition, the Italian artists’ first in Paris, gave viewers a taste of their multiform sources of inspiration. Two pieces in particular demonstrate how the realms of objects and of the media coexist in the work. The Swimmer (all works 2005) consists of eighty-nine lightbulbs of different sizes, arranged on a large white platform. All the bulbs are painted with bright images from the 1968 film The Swimmer (based on a story by John Cheever), in which a particularly sexy Burt Lancaster made his way home by swimming across all the pools he encountered in his path. Lancaster’s character had lost his memory, and his strange behavior slowly revealed his altered psychological state and inability to regain

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