It’s nice to know the things you lost were real. Will Stewart

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Clima Gallery hosts until 10th June 2017 It’s nice to know the things you lost were real, the first Italian solo show of Will Stewart. Consistent with his modus operandi, the artist offers to the viewer visual and objectified suggestions of either physical and emotional itineraries which are cues of pristine individual thoughts. In this way, the exhibition could be considered as an invitation to stop and gaze through Will Stewart’s eyes objects of everyday life which we lose sight of, distracted by the daily routine.

In the gallery, the American artist realizes domestic environments using visual references and found objects selected and picked up throughout his walkings in post-industrial territories of New York and Milan characterized by a process of turban and cultural redevelopment. The objects found are recontextualized in the room of the gallery and show themselves to the viewer who, according to the intent of the artist, does not need the support of a text that conveys the message or directs the thought. In fact, either the things and the references exhibited are the things you see. But, despite their immediacy, these things are not obvious and the viewer has to carry out a process of recognition of the environments.

The artist offers his point of view through visual and material cues of places which arouse in him emotions that are disposed supporting the architectural peculiarities of the gallery through design elements and organic material. Some artworks exhibited are subjected to almost imperceptible transformations with the change of the external climatic conditions and with the passing of time, whilst others influence the dynamic of the viewer’s look. In this way, there is an overlapping of the inner rhythms of the artworks with those beaten by the place which permits an always genuine observation.

In the first room, that could be identified with a veranda, there is a bench sustained by stones on which we can find a “visual diary”. This narrates through visual references and found objects an itinerary made by the artist during a walking in the place illustrated in the cover. Another element that contributes to identify this environment is the “window” near the bench. This artwork seems to open a way to a landscape that is partially blocked by leaves and rubbles picked up in situ. In the opposite wall, there is a “cloth” made with glue that alters its shape and its color with the different temperature. Near, there is a small marble desk on which there is another “visual diary” and, beside it, a lemon tree burlapped is hung up above a sort of flowerpot dish that gather the water modifying its conformation.

The connection between the first room and the back one is emphasized on the left by the monochromes in which is represented a landscape with almost childish lines built through chalk overlapping that, from a distance, gives the illusion to be textile. Besides, on the right, by the two “windows”. The second room is more intimate than the first and it is defined by the presence of a table realized with a broken slab of cement that has lost its original function. In the small compartment, there is a “cloth” hung up.

From the first room, there is the access to the living room, an environment that is more defined than the others and it is characterized either by a “table” made by cement on which there is a LCD display and by two chairs. In the video flows some frames of a post-industrial landscape that could be seen by a window of the artist’s studio. The visibility of the display depends on the refraction of the sunlight. Behind this, there is a sort of triptych that opens to the rooms of the Zach Restaurant, an experiment realized by Will Stewart in his studio in which once a week he invited an artist to cook a cheap dish for the neighborhood. In front of this artwork we can see the marble shelf with the “visual diary” and a mandarin tree.

In conclusion, in this exhibition Will Stewart seems to play the different rhythms, giving to the viewer his intimate and personal vision of places belonging to his lived knowledge.

Clima Gallery, Milano
Will Stewart. It’s nice to know the things you lost were real
Until 10 June, 2017

First room and back room 2

It’s nice to know the things you lost were real. Will Stewart, First room and back room, 2o17

First room and back room

It’s nice to know the things you lost were real. Will Stewart, First room and back room, 2o17

Second room

It’s nice to know the things you lost were real. Will Stewart, Secon room, 2o17

Back room

It’s nice to know the things you lost were real. Will Stewart, Back room, 2o17

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Sara Tassan Solet

Laureata in Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte all’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Si avvicina al mondo delle gallerie milanesi durante gli studi, ed esplora con sguardo curioso questo mondo dinamico cercando un inedito punto di vista.

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