Just in Time

Preview 23 May - 6.30 pm
23 May - 28 July 2007
curated by Gabi Scardi

Riccardo Crespi gallery is continuing its search and promotion of young artists, inaugurating the group show Just in time in via Mellerio 1, Milan on May the 23rd.

Just in time presents 7 young artists working in Italy who have made an incisive impact on the artistic scene, triggering local and international interest and attention. The aim of this show, which wraps up the Galleria Riccardo Crespi’s first year program, is to create work opportunities for the years to come: a reflection on creating art today, a glimpse of the trends and taste the Gallery intends to promote.

Without trying to act as a curator in any way, Just in time is an exhibition that allows viewers to interrogate themselves, to find the order of the words normally evoked by a more or less rigid pre-established concept on their own. The works of the artists will be displayed like the steps of a progressive journey, unexpected photograms of possibly more complex and articulate images generated directly by the aesthetic sensitivity that will prevail on any word that wishes to enclose their meaning.

A minimal and sensitive Latvian artist, Kristine Alksne’s work is inspired by the scrutiny of natural events observed in their organic transience, the modulation of a shadow on the ground or a trail of smoke in the sky; while Flavio Favelli, through works strongly linked to manual ability, tries to investigate the relations that places, objects and our own bodies have with time, even when they have lost their use, to rouse a memory or an emotion The settings described in the drawings exhibited by Anila Rubiku become the main reference around which Man’s individual and social identification develops: rooms that give life to strongly feminine living areas, filled with narrative elements that symbolize the link with their cultural origins. Francesca Rivetti continues her investigation on absence, “emptiness as the place of unexpressed potential, intended as a space in which to regenerate and rediscover oneself” (G. Scardi): the exhibited photographs show the physical isolation of an ancient Greek hermitage site. Linda Fregni Nagler used the same means to investigate the process preceding the creation of images in her meticulous research of many years: she is presenting Caribe, a large work of art created from the coupling of an already existing image and a purposely created one. From photography to video art, Chiara Pirito, a video-artist and sculptress, is presenting Sos puppos, freely inspired to the short story Big fish, little fish by Italo Calvino: the Junonesque body of a woman, modelled by the solid shading of volumes, is made excruciatingly fragile by a lacerating grief; only the supple curiosity of a boy and the sight of fish that carry on living in clear waters despite the scars of life’s difficulties will assuage her pain. Finally, micro and macro natural events take shape in Pietro Ruffo’s landscapes, which tell a natural story linked to the remote dynamics and timing of human perception, through drawings and the mixed technique of digital photography and acrylics.