Vorrei non vederti oggi per vederti tutti gli altri giorni, a group show organised by a collective of young Italian artists and curators that took place from September 26 to October 11, 2015 at second-hand shopping complex Mercatino Franchising at Milano Centrale, featured works by 20 artists, including Beatrice Marchi, Pietro Agostoni, Marco Gobbi, Rebecca Di Berardino, Andrea Magnani, Cristiano Menchini, and more.
The focus of the exhibition is location; rather than placing the works in a traditional gallery space, the group applied to use the empty space on Zuretti road (a brand new used goods franchise). As the show progressed, the display area became more crowded day after day with new items for sale. Placed in the context of an exhibition where the majority of visitors would have been second-hand shoppers, the works were chosen and created in response to their display potential.
Vorrei non vederti oggi… is diverse and multi-directional, spanning sculpture, object assemblage and video. Some works are deliberately clunky and out of place, such as Derek Di Fabio‘s 59’ looped video archive titled ‘Shawl (Scialle – edition 2015)’ (2008-15) that places a TV monitor on top of a vending machine, or Michele Gabriele‘s ‘Holdy’ (2015), a sand and silicone rock sculpture leaning on a crate of bottles in the middle of the room.
In contrast, some of the works camouflage into the aesthetic of the commercial space like Diego Gualandris‘ oil on canvas painting ‘UAM’ (2015) or Lorenza Longhi‘s assortment of fabric, curtain, a necklace, zips and a USB hung on metal rings amongst other clothing titled ‘Empathy is performing (Orchids on the desk)’ (2015). The pile-up of varied practices —which also includes work by Alessandro Agudio, Benni Bosetto, Barbara and Ale, Costanza Candeloro, Giovanni Delvecchio, Matteo Nasini, Margherita Raso and Riccardo Sala —create an object-oriented dynamic between the canonical and maverick, the function of capitalist and/or art object, as well as the possibility for transformation and risk.**
Exhibition photos, top right.