This Friday, June 15th, at 7 pm, the Fondazione Prada in Milan presents the individual show “Horse Takes King”, by Laura Lima, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, as part of the “Slight Agitation 4/4: Laura Lima” program. This is the fourth and last chapter of the exhibition project conceived by Fondazione Prada Thought Council, whose current members are Shumon Basar, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Dieter Roelstraete.
Lima’s work is an appealing attempt to distort and provoke our senses and perceptions through three great sculptures displayed in the spaces of the Cisterna in the Milan venue of Fondazione (which includes works by Tobias Putrih, Slovenia, 1972; Pamela Rosenkranz, Switzerland, 1979) and Austrian collective Gelitin), where each of the sculptures contributes to the formulation of a seemingly absurd taxonomy.
As in a chess game, her intervention ultimately creates an illusory space where spectators are invited to move freely, without knowing the broader context that would enable them to understand the artist’s impulse, all related to the verticality of the space. On the left side, the audience is invited to enter “Telescope”(2018), a vertical labyrinthic installation of scaffolding. The work hosts an astronomer’s class where, in the first level, a series of astronomy seminars, conceived by astronomers from L’Officina del Planetario —the association of scientists in charge of the programme at the Civico Planetario in Milan— will take place daily at 12:30 pm and at 5 pm (open to all members of the audience). On the second and top level, located about 10 meters from the ground, the audience will find a telescope pointed at the skylight, blinded by sunlight to be employed only under the guidance of an astronomer.
In the center of the Cisterna the viewer is invited to hypothesize on the origins of such painting with “Pendulum” (2018), a machine reproducing the movement of Foucault’s pendulum, which showcases a painting at its extremity: “Fishermen in the Sun”, by Salvador Dalí (1928). The right space displays “Bird” (2016), a sculpture created in collaboration with Brazilian artist Zé Carlos Garcia, representing a massive animal that seems to have fallen from the sky, and as if it has landed in the Cisterna by mere accident, only illuminated by the natural light of the place.
These three works combined try to question the nature of the audience’s engagement with both space and place and challenge the viewers’ perception while the artist openly explores the boundaries between the imaginary and the factual to stress the poetic absurdity inherent to the seemingly real.
“Horse Takes King”, “Slight Agitation 4/4: Laura Lima”
Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose
Opening June 15th, at 7 pm through October 22nd, 2018
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