30 may - 6 july 2019
Water connects science, spirituality and art better than any other element.
For this reason Roberto Ghezzi’s work is essential and crazy at the same time. His work applies a rigorous method to the cathartic ritual of immersion. His project goes back to the origin of the human race and even that of Earth itself.
The Naturografie are the result of the sedimentation of debris that stratifies on the canvas after they have been immersed in seas, rivers, lakes, rice fields and springs. The outcome is a picture on fabric that the artist has fixed over time. Even though the paintings don’t make a specific statement, they are a testament to nature and time. Here, a portion of the physical world is shown as it is, dirty and alive, and devoid of lyricism or guile.
Ghezzi’s work is a continuation of Wild Mazzini’s theme of ‘ex-machina’, characterized by solutions that lie somewhere between art and design and go beyond data – in this case, the biological dataset – towards a comprehension of reality in general. The Naturografie show us what we already know about the world we live in, but that we as guests foolishly
The exhibition is completed by a self-generative audio installation called The Quietest Voice by Riccardo Tesorini. The installation is designed to interact with the Naturografie and is based on the natural laws of plant growth. In accordance with these laws, an algorithm autonomously activates the “voices” of the composition. The resulting sound is then organized by sound exciters that instead of propagating sound through the air like a speaker, uses resonating surfaces.
He was born in Cortona and grew up in the sculpture studio of his grandfather. He is known for his artistic research of the natural environment.
Roberto Ghezzi installed his first naturography in 2000. Today there are naturographies in Italy, Alaska, France, Switzerland, Iceland, South Africa, Tunisia and on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
Lives and works in Perugia. His projects have taken him in many directions: from soundtracks to sound design, from playing with his electro-acoustic project Eezu, to sound art and the creation of sound installations.
He has always been fascinated by the interplay of music and pictures and started his artistic career in this vein. His research is influenced by an introspective vision and his unwavering inspiration by nature, which he considers a prerequisite for harmony.