I have been in Florence, Italy all week installing a new/remix installation called Cynosura to be part of the exhibition “American Dreamers” at the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea at Palazzo Strozzi! Curated by the delightful Bartholomew Bland from the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers New York, and also the incredible Franzisca Nori from the CCC Strozzina, the last several months have been a whirlwind of preparation, and intense attention to details, all leading to the opening tonight!
From the CCCS website:
Does the “American dream” still exist? Since 11 September 2011 the United States of America has witnessed the collapse of its sense of invulnerability and security, but the ability to dream and the will to believe in the future have maintained their central place in the idea of “being American”.
The exhibition comprises a reflection on the work of artists who use fantasy, imagination and dreams to build alternative worlds to the increasingly complex reality of life today. Some condense the essence of reality into miniaturised systems while others expand outwards into space, and yet others feed on fantastic, dreamlike images or reflect on such symbolic themes as the home and the family, or the mass media imagery, which play even today a central role in the construction of the myth of the American way of life.
More soon, after the revealing tonight! The CCCS is a labyrinth in the old ancient wine cellars of the Strozzi Palazzo, this time sending us winding through small sparkling worlds of fantasy made predominantly of humble materials or the detritus of the outside world. The shapes and forms of the building itself along with the exhibition design vision of Berlin artist/designer Markus Bader, lends to the sense of the entire show being one meandering installation. I’m thrilled to see what people will think…more soon after tonight!