Casa Vautrin/Vudafieri via Melzo 5, Milano
March 28th - April 3rd, 2017
GABRIELE DE SANTIS
Case Chiuse #04 by Paola Clerico
Gabriele De Santis offers an incursion into the iconography of the present, addressing his research to the language, the symbols, the aesthetic of contemporaneity. In his work the artist carries the lexicon that accompanies us on a daily basis, putting into place a sharp and charming portrait of our time.
A poetic made of logos, popular brands, symbols borrowed by the digital communication, of puns and rebus, but also appropriations of that conceptual history of art which paved the way to a different use of the word, the act of vision and the interpretative possibilities offered by the artistic gesture. Gabriele De Santis bravely calls into question the codes and the raw material which surround us every day, the one on which our time runs and the knowledge on which our relationships are based: a rephrasing of a system, the construction of an iconography where there is no longer difference between high and popular culture, where the contemporaneity is told and candidly revealed in its more subtle essence.
In via Melzo 5, Milan, following the flight of a parrot, we enter Casa Vautrin/ Vudafieri where new works and installations by Gabriele De Santis will surprise you. The parrot will invade the courtyard and the domestic environment in a game of exchanging atmospheres, moods and languages. The communication, the beauty, the irony, the capability of talking without thinking, the act of repetition and imitation, all characteristics of this bird, are borrowed by the artist, employed as a metaphor of the present.
At the end of March in the heart of Milan a private space will offer a new immersive dimension: bizzarre and unusual, surely out of the ordinary. A migration of voices, symbols, legends will cross on a temporary and free ground, a lived location, transformed in evocative for the occasion, a space that invites one to be playful, in which one can let himself go, and follow the free and borderless flight of this magic and mysterious creature that was so often of inspiration for storytelling and past mythology and that keeps exerting a particular charm on collective imaginary.