Over Yonder, a solo exhibition by London-based artist Marco Strappato at Rome’s The Gallery Apart ran from December 12, 2015 until February 13, 2016. In his third solo show at the space, the artist presented a combination of video, photography and installation produced during his residency at the Italian capital’s Qwatz residency.
The title is a reference to The Wild Blue Yonder, a 2005 mock-documentary film directed by Werner Herzog that takes on a sic-fi narrative using archival imagery to which a new meaning is attributed. Heavily influenced by the German director, Strappato contextualizes the exhibition within this framework and also includes a piece of his writing in the press release (below):
Marco Strappato, Over Yonder (2015). Exhibition View. Courtesy of the artist + The Gallery Apart, Rome.
We are surrounded by worn out images, and we deserve new ones. Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honor and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes. Very few people seek these images today which correspond to the time we live, pictures that can make you understand yourself, your position today, our status of civilization. I am one of the ones who try to find those images.
Strappato looks outward at images of earth and outer space to explore the relationship between landscape and consumer culture, and the production and distribution of images responsible for our aesthetic experience. ‘Journey’ as a mental and physical idea becomes the nucleus of the work, with constant references to dreamed landscapes and abstraction. Projections, iPads, laptops and TV monitors are recurring devices used to evoke and remind of the threshold between us and the infinite world. Expanding on his interest in the artificial and natural, Strappato explores the (in)authentic within what is considered exotic or familiar.**
Marco Strappato’s ‘Over Yonder’ was on at Rome’s The Gallery Apart, running December 12, 2015 to February 13, 2016.
Header image: Marco Strappato, Over Yonder (2015). Exhibition View. Courtesy of the artist + The Gallery Apart, Rome.