A fascinating exhibition at Milan’s Castello Sforzesco, until 2nd September then on to Faenza. Some good pictures of art works on show are here.
What is on display is the look that good and nice things take when they go waste, are spoiled, consumed and debris is left over or gathered to be dumped.
This perishable side of life and human artifacts is captured and replicated in the most potentially immaculate and durable of materials, ceramics. Down to the texture of different stuffs mingling with each other and corrupting each other, cutlery and old cardboard, spilled coffee washing off sugar lumps and toffees, melon rinds and fish heads, flowers growing off soil mixed with rubbish, and so on and on and on, all are reproduced in their peculiar and ephemeral appearance, as realistic or hyperrealistic as one has ever seen them, or is convinced they will look when one will indeed see them – as late as possible.
This is the first time I saw used teabags soiled with coffee, or really their replicas, and still I feel utterly sure they look exactly like that.
Old cardboard boxes we have all seen plenty, and we itch for touching them in our effort to believe these are ceramic replicas rather than the rieal thing.
One can only imagine the technical prowess required to actually mimic in ceramics the shiniest, softest, stickiest, mattest of materials and mixtures. What is clear and apparent are the amazing fascination Bertozzi and Casoni have with the look and feel of materials as they perish, the implicit raspberry at so many artists who worked with real perishable stuff with their smells and real wasting, and the pride for this unique capability to freeze all that for who knows how long.