C O N S T R U C T S || J O N D A V I S + L U C A L I O N E L L O
BURST ART FAIR | Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2011
_Sforza | Art Projectis proud to present stunning work by two artists, Jon Davis (USA) and Luca Lionello (Italy) at the first edition of BURST Art Fair during Miami Art Basel Week.
Stepping out of the box and into the light with our first exhibit, "Constructs," which depicts the essential elements of the imagination framed into ideal objects for the viewer to explore and yes, even acquire.
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Constructs \\ (kõnstr^kts):||
In science, the ideal object, where the existence of the thing may be said to depend upon a subject's mind, in contrast to a "real" object, where existence does not seem to hinge on the existence of a mind.
The art of Jon Davis and Luca Lionello invites the viewer into an ideal world of possibilities enabling an inner dialogue cultivated from outer expression where the artist and the art become the constructs of a new paradigm both intimate and shared. These are still-performances, if you will, where art is the stage and we, merely players.
These two artists juxtapose elements, things that have no formal or real relation outside of these constructs. Forging new interpretations, an entirely new account emerges of what is familiar yet foreign - an almost theatrical experience. The visual antonyms of probable and improbable engage the viewer into definitions infused with nostalgia for what is known – both personal and historical - and a yearning for what is not.
Jon’s use of anonymous vintage photographs (found discarded) and fused with images of renowned art masters, populate new archetypes. He invites a reinterpretation of our perceived notions with these seemingly time gadgets that jog our memories of other people’s lives. His use of lighting and optical lenses persuades this shifted perception in physical ways: each piece invites an approach from different angle. Jon orchestrates the light so as to reveal or hide aspects of the work, “pushing the viewer to move around the piece in a voyeuristic fashion.”
Luca’s “light operas” are clear windows into a miniature impeccable world where he abstracts existing elements from their established scenic context and assembles a new landscape. These scenes are void of people, allowing the shapes to exist for their own sake, and not for any human purpose. He takes scissors to paper to redesign maquette-like environments following a meticulous and meditative process of research and reconstruction. Using a play of light on the resulting delicate paper structures he creates “a place where the dichotomy of natural and artificial can be considered from another point of view.”
It is here within these new constructs we find the freedom to experience “the box” as we choose.