Seeing the invisible

Preview 14th December - 6.30 pm
14th December 2006 - 17th February 2007 
curated by Valeria Schulte-Fischedick and Shin il Kim


Charif Benhelima (B) / Kristina Braein (N) / Heman Chong (SGP) / Michel de Broin (CAN) / Shin il Kim (ROK)/ Lucas Lenglet (NL) / Jan Mancuska (CZ) / Conor McGrady (IRL)  / Melvin Moti (NL) / Sancho Silva (P) and John Hawke (USA) / Nasan Tur (D)

The Galleria Riccardo Crespi continues its active search and promotion of young international artists, in its space of via Mellerio, 1 in Milan, with the group show Seeing The Invisible opening December the 14th.

Seeing The Invisible presents 12 international artists, most of which participated at the International Study Program at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien of Berlin. The artists bring to light the ambiguity surrounding the concept of invisibility, at times metaphoric, reflecting simultaneously social themes, and our everyday surroundings.

The artists, some for the first time in Italy, propose their aesthetic experimentations with invisibility. The spectators are induced to confront themselves with the immaterial, with the idea, with the concept that anticipates the works in the mind of the artist, in order to investigate and reflect upon the multiple aspects that are considered art, as it has been defined and recognized by its own system. Throughout the sixties, the concept of invisibility was investigated in the works of artists such as Robert Morris, Hans Haacke, and Robert Barry, who used immaterial and invisible elements such as steam, wind and gas. Other elements such as gossip, indistinguishable noises, and sounds come to be considered essential components, eloquently pursued by the contemporary artist. Some works pretend to be something else; they are so visible that they become invisible, hiding and confusing themselves through camouflage and simulation, stimulating the role of the spectator, through a transformation of the art into an active investigation of rationality versus the imagination. Some artists choose a minimalist presentation, almost invisible, ironically pointing out the difference between what is defined an object d’art and what is an everyday object.

The exhibition proposes a look across linguistic devices through various modes of expression, such as photography, video, drawing, installation, and lighting effects. Urban context, political and social tensions, and history are at the core of the works presented by each invited artist.

Shin Il Kim realizes drawings, proposing eight different points of view, which come together to represent the rotary movement of a photograph, and arrive at the fulfillment of a video. Sancho Silva, along with John Hawke, carry out a site specific installation in front of the building, which provokes irritation from the public’ expectation; the same challenge was resolved by Heman Chong, in which the works are passed by unobserved, as they are to be confused with everyday objects. Objects from daily life are used as well by Kristina Braein in her installation. Michel de Broin interprets the concept of entropy, by presenting an object similar to a refrigerator, which is invisible and mysterious inside. Blurred pictures by Charif Benhelima, photographs influenced by his cultural background, that render the human figure in a vague profile, where Jews and Muslims become indistinguishably; clearly visible, and instead, only the shadowy outline of a true object as in the work of Jan Mancuska.

In the mind of the artist, there is always a particular vision of their works that remains invisible; When an idea can not be concrete, assuming outlines realistic and decipherable, the thought, the creative motor of the artist becomes “A light that flickers behind a door, leaving all to the fantasy of the spectator.”