Opening: Thursday, June 5th 2014, 7 to 9 PM
From June 6th till July 18th 2014
From Tuesday to Saturday, 10-13; 15-19
Giò Marconi is very pleased to announce FREE INTERNET, an exhibition by American artist Trisha Baga. This is the artist's first solo show with the gallery.
Trisha Baga is best known for her performances and her installations.
The 3D video projection is the medium the artist mostly uses to share her view of the contemporary, but her research also stands out for its versatile use of languages taking in painting, sculpture, literature, photography and music.
Her works come from an extreme freedom of influences, images, techniques, sounds and materials, all overlapping. A unique aesthetic that mixes up digital culture with more traditional artistic disciplines, with the desire to deconstruct any kind of visual hierarchy and to use any possible way of representing reality.
Trisha Baga transforms the exhibition space into a multimedia set made of 3D video projections, objects and paintings where all these elements are put together according to a precise sensibility. The videos are projected directly onto the walls but the projection is intentionally disturbed by the shadows of the objects lying around the floor, precarious sculptures composed from found materials like beer cans, boxes, trainers, packets of cigarettes…mixed up and then put into an installation where every single element has a strong evocative power, in relation with each other.
The objects that compose this scenography become additional surfaces of projection but, at the same time, they obscure the motion of the video with their shadows as does the viewer who, while watching the installation, becomes part of it.
These peculiar compositions, combined with the images, lights and sounds flooding the space, create an overwhelming and disorienting multi-sensorial experience. Indeed the influence here goes to the digital culture and to our always connected existence, bombarded and confused by an infinite vortex of information.
The films by Trisha Baga have a purposely fragmented narrative. Archived footage is interspersed with original material and the connections between space and time are not immediately clear.
Recurring subjects of her works are pop culture, historical events, contemporary heroes and myths combined with moments and figures of the artist's life, all with a great deal of humour - a collage which seems, upon first impressions, disharmonic however where instead every element has a very precise role and meaning.
Baga invites us to enter in her own world choosing malleable references, with multiple meanings connecting collective mythologies and symbols to our own personal story.
Trisha BAGA is born in 1985 in Venice, Florida. She currently lives and works in New York. She studied at The Cooper Union School of Art and at Bard College in New York.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Zabludowicz Collection, London (2014); Gravity, Peep-Hole, Milan; Florida, Soci, Berlin, (2013); Holiday, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland; The Biggest Circle, Greene Naftali, New York; Plymouth Rock 2, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; World Peace, Kunstverein Munich, Munich; Rock, Vilma Gold; London (2012).
Furthermore she has participated in numerous group shows including: High Performance, curated by Bernhard Serexhe and Julia Stoschek, Julia Stoschek Collection at ZKM, Dusseldorf; That Singing Voice, curata da Matt Moravec, Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid; Abscess, Rectum, Septum, Cave, Puerto Rico, (2014); The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles; Frieze Sounds Program, Londra; Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel; Freak Out, Greene Naftali, New York; Trisha Baga & No Brow, curata da Katharina Simmer, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna; Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then, Biennale di Lione, 2013, Lione, France; Hercules Radio, Frieze Sounds Program, New York, (2013); Paraphantoms, Temporary Gallery, Cologne; New Pictures of Common Objects, curata da Christopher Y. Lew, MoMA PS1, New York; Troubling Space, curata da Helga Just Christoffersen e Natasha Marie Llorens, Zabludowicz Collection, Londra (2012).