reviews

  • Michael Fliri, The wrong turn offered unexpected discoveries, 2011/2012. Performance view, February 16, 2012.

    Michael Fliri and Asta Gröting

    Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

    Michael Fliri and Asta Gröting were, respectively, student and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and this past spring the younger artist decided to show his most recent work together with that of his former professor in a two-person show titled “In Between.” Fliri, who is one of the most interesting artists to have emerged in Italy in recent years, engages in performative works that serve as phases in a specific search for identity. On this occasion, he engaged in an action, The wrong turn offered unexpected discoveries, 2011/2012, that was particularly expressive. Wearing a sort

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  • Alessandro Roma, Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino (The Sun Forced Me to Abandon the Garden), 2011, oil, spray, graphite, and collage on canvas, 82 5/8 x 70 7/8".

    Alessandro Roma

    Brand New Gallery

    The works of Alessandro Roma are complex visual machines, perfectly constructed to deceive the eye. The artist uses collage to compose landscapes that only at first glance seem to possess a possible uniformity. The deception is dual, for not only is each image the result of a stratification of fragments with multiple viewpoints, but the picture plane, which from a distance seems like painting, is revealed to be a surface made up of collaged elements. Oil paint, spray, enamel, and graphite all appear too, but the handmade becomes nearly indistinguishable from, say, pieces of fabric or bits of

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