A solo exhibition by Milan-based artist Michele Gabriele, They are standing there, under the weather, totally waterproof or completely wet was launched on December 12, 2015 as part of Tallinn-based project space Konstanet‘s DOings & kNOTs project that ran from November 25 to January 10. Gabriele worked on-site during the open hours of the Tallinn Kunstihoone and gave an artist talk on the evening of the opening.
Konstanet is primarily an online gallery, and the installations are generally only set up to be photographed an then taken down the following day. The shows have no end date and can be accessed through the online space at konstanet.com.
Michele Gabriele, They are standing there, under the weather, totally waterproof or completely wet (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy Konstanet, Tallinn
The installation was comprised of sculptural and object assemblage, and existed both online and in the small physical space of the gallery (6m2 of floor space and 1m in height). The sculpture ‘Axonometric-Uncanny-Dimetric’ (2015) stands alone beside a fragment of a metal fence. Standing precariously, other objects including a found crate lean up against it. Among some of the urban findings is a basin of yellow liquid, title ‘Sexual Healing’ (2015). Alone but together, the works act as bodies; metaphors of themselves that are frozen and strong, yet they wait for time to crumble them.
The exhibition is accompanied by a text from curator Keiu Krikmann who expands on the materiality of the work, framing within a space of visceral tactility:
“Somewhere during their travels they become flat, lose their physical properties and start to travel faster. But having lost their body, it is unclear what can be expected of them, what kind of a sensory experience they would provide. Oozing, dripping, seeping, exuding frame, carcass, chassis, cast, mold.
But there is something that never translates to images –the smell. What oozes, drips, seeps, exudes from the frame, carcass, chassis, cast, mold smells very delicate, it is a sweet fine-tuned smell, intricate like each of the group.”**
Exhibition photos, top right.