August- September 2000
Umberto Cavenago's exhibition centres on a large plywood and metal structure on castors. This could be described as 'useable sculpture' that is both beautifully crafted and practically useful. The structure can be used as a reception desk, work station, display unit and meeting point for both gallery staff and visitors. And, as it is supported by castors, it can be moved in different positions within the exhibition space. Umberto Cavenago has based the design of his work - including its dimension, proportions and lay-out - on an analysis of the spatial relationship between the gallery space, the surrounding urban context and the objects found in IASKA's office. All of the objects placed on the platform - chairs, rubbish bin, boiler etc - have been carefully selected and arranged by the artist and are an integral part of the work.
The sculpture is intended
to interact visually and conceptually with the surrounding empty space
of the gallery and with the streetscape. For example, the idea of placing
the structure on casters implies notions of movement and alludes to the
close relationship linking the gallery to the road, the pipeline and the
railway. The works seems to comment on the fact that the whole town of
Kellerberrin is structured along a west to east axis of movement that
involves water, vehicles and trains. The north-south orientation of the
piece is intended to deliberately disrupt the town's east-west axis introducing
an element of dynamism and surprise.
The exhibition is completed by a series of photographs that show details of the pipeline. These are startling images that transform the traces left on the concrete surface by time, nature and human intervention, into beautiful visual statements.
In addition this work, Umberto Cavenago has carried out a collaborative project with four local emerging artists: Kathy Barber, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Gina Cinanni and Stuart Ringholt. This work consists of three components: a painting on IASKA gallery frontage, an out-door installation linking the gallery to the playground across the street and a video projection on the Tammin Silos.
Umberto Cavenago is
a sculptor and multimedia artist from Milan. He has participated in major
international exhibitions such as the Venice's, Johannesburg's and Sao
Paolo's Biennales. He lectures at the prestigious Accademia Carrara in
Bergamo, one of Europe's oldest academies of fine art.
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