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View of “Alek O.,” 2014. Foreground: Banane, 2014. Background, from left: Tangram, 2014; Fino Mornasco, 2014; Tangram, 2014.

Alek O.

Frutta | Rome

View of “Alek O.,” 2014. Foreground: Banane, 2014. Background, from left: Tangram, 2014; Fino Mornasco, 2014; Tangram, 2014.

For her solo debut in Rome, “If There is a Last Summer Morning,” Argentinean-born, Como, Italy–based artist Alek O. presented works focused above all on the concept of time—particularly on the various semantic nuances through which it is manifested in daily life. While the individual pieces in the show have their own expressive autonomy, taken together they formed a cohesive and imaginative installation capable of completely engaging the viewer’s senses. Six of them, “curtain works,” in the artist’s informal description, are made from old curtains that she has salvaged from their original, usually domestic use. Their titles are, in fact, the names of their former owners or locations: Pasqualina, Oltrepò Pavese, Filo Mornasco, Sig.ra. Rosotto, Giambellino, Annunziata (all works 2014). The curtains are arranged on symmetrical geometric structures, becoming flat, colorful

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