curated by Massimiliano Scuderi
curated by Massimiliano Scuderi
In his practice, Alek O. (Buenos Aires, 1981) blends the common notion of ready-made with crafts, embroidery and other traditional artistic forms. Poised between transformation and conservation, he strips the common visual aspects of objects and replaces them with geometric abstraction. Inverting the design perspective, the artist favors recreation over creation and deconstruction over construction.
The exhibition, curated by the artistic director of the Foundation Massimiliano Scuderi, tends to favor the author’s reappropriation, beyond the paradigms of everyday life, of a more hidden and less frequented time: The time to show oneself in her reverse. Alek O. is interested in things, and not in objects, because ‘things’ have a broader meaning, they represent everything that is at heart, which can be discussed in public because it touches the common good, as the philosopher Remo Bodei says.
They are elaborate materials, built by man, who works according to artisanal cultures and traditions that are declined in a personal and intimate alphabet, giving voice to new possibilities for others, as evocative and symbolic tools. Alek O. awaits her time by dismantling and reassembling tapestries, building totemic structures, subverting the rules of geometry, replicating ways that link craftsmanship to the historical avant-gardes.
The title refers to the exceptional nature of the swear word, as of a recreational and childish time, an attitude that seems to rediscover the art of periphrasis, that is, the way in which to make reality better understandable while avoiding euphemisms. The bad word represents an elaborate strangeness behind which the most original expression is hidden. The objects, chosen for their emotional quality, are removed from their original and daily use: wood from a bookcase, metal from a discarded key, wool from a sweater or a pair of used gloves. Thus, the works serve as a metonymy for the artist, or for people who have had a connection with the material.
From 9 April to 9 July 2022
The exhibition will be open in compliance with the anti-Covid 19 measures.
Alek O. lives and works in Milan, where she graduated in Design from Politecnico di Milano.
The artist’s work has been largely exhibited at an institutional level, particularly in occasion of:
Io dico io – I say I, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte e Paola Ugolini, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome (2021), Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sommerset House (2020); Appocundria, curated by Marta Cereda, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese (2019); To go where we have to go, where do we have to go?, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2018); Into The Wild, curated by Christiane Rekade, Kunst Meran, Meran (2018); ALL’APERTO – 3 artiste per Trivero curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Andrea Zegna, Fondazione Zegna, Trivero (2017); La seconda volta, curated by Cristiana Perrella, 16th Art Quadriennial, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (2016); Art Situacions I-II, SPAIN / ITALY, curated by Vicente Todolì, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez de Corral, Ilaria Gianni, Villa Croce, Genova, MACRO, Roma; Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale di Milano, Milan (2015); Le regole del gioco, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Studio Castiglioni, Milan (2015); To see an object, to see the light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene (2012); Domesticity, Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2012); V Bienal de Jafre, Spain (2012); Exhibition Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Turin (2010); Territoria 4, The Great Leap, Centro per
l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2009); La legge è relativa per tutti, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene (2007); J’en rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2005);
In April 2022, Alek O. will hold a personal exhibition at Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, Italy. Her solo show at Martina Simeti, Milan is planned for spring of 2023.
5 April 2022