Wolfgang Berkowski
A close approximation of the absent
(as close as can be)

Thursday, December 3 from 7pm to 9pm the gallery space at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, will inaugurate the project by Marco Raparelli, curated by Lorenzo Bruni titled Everything will be wonderful someday! (open until January 16, 2010).
The show consists of unpublished videos and site-specific painting interventions that aspire to change the perception of the exhibition space and the welcoming and meeting areas of the school seen everyday by the students. In this way a space is created that also suggests a reflection on what renders a personal/private space and a collective/public space.
As Lorenzo Bruni observes in his writing: The title of Marco Raparelli’s project Everything will be wonderful someday!, with it’s ungrammatical English reminds us of the urgent necessity to communicate, typical of the writings left in the streets of all urban centers around the world. The phrase emphasizes not only a momentary state of the mind but is also an exhortation for the future, which regards all of the collective thinking that goes beyond a certain type of ‘buonista’ philosophy found in the saying “take life as it comes.” “Everything will be wonderful someday” is a paradox that questions why things should be wonderful. The true subject of this exhibition - consisting of a completely designed atmosphere of wall drawings and of video animations inserted into specific contexts - is the moment of anticipation and waiting. Waiting in this case, however, means to desire, to evoke or search for something, an anticipation of a future both social and personal.
This atmosphere in which the artist emerges the spectator, is created by a uncompromised comparison between two totally different environments. The first is a series of life sized wall drawings in the gallery. These drawings are of an imaginary and somewhat stereotypical image of an intimate home environment, a little spider, the dishes in the sink, a window that opens out on to the sky, the slightly dirty curtains all recall an idea of a home that is protected and separated from the world. In this case, this intimate space is empty. There are no humans but only traces of life or faraway memories of them. The other space is a public area typically used by the students of the school. It is within this context that the artist thought to insert a “presence.” In fact, his new video animation “presents” instead of representing the vicissitude of a slender, hairy man without characteristic traces that distinguish him from others rendering him in all respects the “average man,” to cite Pier Paolo Pasolini who used this term to reflect on the new forms of communication and subterfuge used by those in power. This “man” does nothing in particular – he sits, drinks, yawns, scratches himself. He appears to be waiting, but waiting for what? The television, in this image would typically represent the idea of someone isolated from the world, but the phantom object, which should be in front of him, now is clearly absent. We find ourselves in its place, “we” the public, the people, the individual visitors are real. We are waiting for a future dialog and fortunately we are not distracted by the question of “what” will be discussed but are drawn to the more important question of “why” it is imperative.
Giovedì 3 dicembre dalle ore 19,00 lo spazio @ SRISA, la Galleria della scuola internazionale Santa Reparata di Firenze, inaugura il progetto di Marco Raparelli a cura di Lorenzo Bruni dal titolo Everything will be wonderfull someday! ( fino al 16 gennaio 2010).

La mostra è costituita da video inediti e interventi di pittura site-specific che punteranno a cambiare la percezione dello spazio espositivo e delle aree di accoglienza e di ritrovo della scuola vissute quotidianamente dagli studenti, creando così un luogo nuovo che suggerisca anche una riflessione su cosa rende uno spazio privato/personale e cosa uno spazio collettivo/pubblico.

Come osserva Lorenzo Bruni nel suo testo: “Il titolo del progetto di Marco Raparelli Everything will be wonderfull someday!, con il suo inglese sgrammaticato rimanda ad un’esigenza impellente di comunicare, tipico delle scritte lasciate per le strade di tutti i centri urbani del mondo. La frase evidenzia non solo uno stato d’animo momentaneo, ma è anche un’esortazione per il futuro che riguarda tutta la collettività e che va al di là di un certo tipo di filosofia “buonista” racchiusa nel motto “prendi la vita come viene”. “Tutto sarà un giorno meraviglioso” è un paradosso che tenta di fare il punto su cosa e sul perché dovrebbe essere meraviglioso. Il vero soggetto di questa mostra, costituita da un ambiente completamente disegnato, da frasi sulle pareti e da video-animazioni inserite in contesti ben precisi, è il tempo dell’attesa. Attendere in questo caso però vuol dire desiderare, evocare o cercare qualcosa, sia che si tratti di un futuro sociale da creare o quello del singolo soggetto. Questa condizione in cui l’artista immerge lo spettatore è realizzata da un confronto senza mezze misure tra due ambienti totalmente differenti.
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