ARTIST TALK Thursday, September 8, 7:30PM
OPENING EVENT Friday, October 14, 7PM
EXHIBITION October 14 - December 3, 2016
The work of Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari reconfigures the relationship between the manmade environment and natural surroundings through installations, public interventions, and performances. Historical and traditional references of a location incite the artist to create communal settings for individual reflection on the role the hand of man plays on the makeup of the `natural´ world and ownership of the landscape.
In Contrappunto (Counterpoint), Licari addresses the rapid and tempest after effects of forest fires with a life size, site specific installation portraying the devastation of a burnt forest contrasted by the ready-made confines of the gallery setting. Taken from the forests of Idaho, Licari’s charred forest of trees conjures contemplation of current events by placing visitors within a situation that is at once natural and imitation, beautiful and confronting. The element of the manufactured is heightened by the artist’s use of the limitations of the fixed room, the gallery space. Through visual and multimedia representation his work coalesces organic settings and implications of contemporary society.
This project & cultural exchange was made possible thanks to the generous support of Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam and the Boise City Department of Arts & History.