“Imitation of Life” by Michele Dantini

THE EXHIBITION:

“I enjoy photographing works of art as it permits me to concentrate on the image before me rather than focusing on the “theme”, “motive” or “significance”. That these images can exist as both art and documentation intrigues me.  The works themselves have a unique aesthetic identity, and this is important.  I pick I choose, I photograph: the process comes naturally, without effort.   Art that produces art.”  Portraying the dual roll of artist and art writer, attending art centers, galleries, museums, fairs and biennials, Michele Dantini has created over the years a vast archive of images that documents the historical and social world of contemporary art. These works serve as both a travel diary (curatorial research) and as stand alone photographic images.  The attention of the artist moves with ease from the work to the social and institutional context. The images are at times recognizable and at times so abstracted that they invite us to reflect on a new interpretation or view of the work.   What emerges from the body of work is significant.  The behaviors, “types” of audience, expectations and rituals form a constant intertwining play between distance and participation, fascination and perplexity, aesthetic abandonment and critical inquiry.  In the context of Santa Reparata International School of Art these works invite us to consider the art world and the roll that the viewer, curator and artist share.

“Fotografare opere d’arte mi diverte, mi permette di concentrarmi sulle immagini senza preoccupazione di ‘tema’, ‘motivo’, ‘significato’. Non ha importanza, per me, definire il risultato, stabilire che è un’opera. Scelgo, seleziono, fotografo: tutto avviene senza sforzo. Immagini producono immagini”. Nel muoversi professionalmente attraverso centri di arte contemporanea, gallerie, musei, fiere e biennali, interpretando il duplice ruolo di artista e art writer, Michele Dantini ha creato negli anni un vasto archivio in progress di documentazione storica e sociale del mondo dell’arte contemporanea. le opere esistono sia come diario di viaggio (ricerca), sia come immagini uniche. L’attenzione dell’artista si sposta fluidamente dall’opera al contesto sociale e istituzionale.  Immagini che a volte sono molto riconoscibili a volte sono totalmente astratte dal loro contesto originale, cosi invitando lo spettatore ad una nuova lettura o interpretazione dell’ opera. Emergono comportamenti, tipi di pubblico, attese, dispositivi, ritualità in un intreccio costante di partecipazione e distacco, fascinazione e perplessità, disponibilità estetica e “scrittura” critica. Nel contesto della SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art le immagini ci invitano a considerare il ruolo che lo spettore, il curatore e l'artista condividono.

THE ARTIST:

Michele Dantini, is an artist and curator, born X lives and works in Florence & Milan Italy. For the exhibition “” Michele has chosen to display images from a series of photographs taken at exhibitions and museums he has visited from around the world. These works serve as both a travel diary (curatorial research) and as stand-alone photographic images. The images are at times recognizable and at times so abstracted from their original context that they invite us to reflect on a new interpretation or view of the work. In the context of the school these works invite us to consider the art world and the roll that the viewer, curator and artist share.

EXHIBITION OPENING:

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

OPENING:

March 31, h. 6:30 pm

DATES:

March 31- April 15, 2011
mon-fri 12:00 am – 9:00 pm - free entrance

SPACE:

ADDRESS:

SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art
Via San Gallo 53/R, 50129, Florence Italy

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