Sighting and Finding: 4m2 Gallery Presents Fall Vernissage by Alessandro Vizzini
John Cabot University’s 4m2 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit by artist Alessandro Vizzini, Sighting and Finding. The vernissage will take place on Thursday, November 14th, 2019, at 6.30PM in the Guarini Campus. Inspired by Alessandro Vizzini’s profound interest for the landscape understood as both space and environment, Sighting and Finding unfolds the process of observing.
Alessandro Vizzini unravels our gaze along an imaginary horizon line, which uninterruptedly runs through the 4m2 Gallery. It flows within the architecture of the Guarini Campus, reawakening memories of its distant past. People, stories and events coexist within the rooms in which various images conflate; and yet, these can still be individually sighted and quietly observed.
In the Upper Reading Room, sinuous headrests emerge from the walls and delineate sea from sky. They are silent observers, repositories of unknown memories, but also insatiable figures eager to find and collect new visual experiences. In a conversation with the corbel in the room, the sculptures allude to their past as protomi. By looking at them, we are invited to contemplate their horizon and to find new perspectives within its apparent boundaries.
The first observer is Ignoto Scultore Meridionale (0001). It is an atemporal figure who observes the space around him, witnessing a scene that is invisible only to us. Two seemingly identical sculptures, Pelagos II and Pelagos III, accompany the first observer. On the opposite wall, the last headrest, Luna, returns the gaze of the other observers. Metal objects nest on top of each headrest, lying within a bed that is naturally meant to receive them. Together, they become unique organisms composed of contrasting materials, yet share a symbiotic existence. As we exit the space and descend the stairs, we cross the courtyard, and finally find ourselves submerged in the Aurelian Wing. In this space the horizon, delineated by a metal bar, marks the sea level. Its presence reminds us that we have accessed another domain where our perception of the space has inevitably changed.
Vizzini’s horizon gently interrupts the ordinary and inspires a welcome distraction. The 4m2 Gallery, an art space curated by JCU’s Art History Society, now enables a secure space in which works and viewers observe each other introspectively.