TURIN, OGR AND MIKE NELSON: “L’ATTESO”-FUTURE PARK AND PREMIO MECENATI ARTE
Mike NelsonL’AttesoCurated by Samuele PiazzaBINARIO 12 November 2018 – 3 February 2019Wednesday 31 October 2018 > 11 am – 7 pmPress dayFriday 2 November > 11 am – 7 pmPress, VIP card and Artissima tickets holders onlyFriday 2 November 2018 > 7 pm – 10 pmOpening, ingresso gratuito per il pubblicoOGR – Officine Grandi RiparazioniCorso Castelfidardo 22, Torinowww.ogrtorino.it
Redazione-From November 2, 2018 to February 3, 2019, the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Turin will present “L’Atteso“, the first solo exhibition in an Italian institution of the English artist Mike Nelson, curated by Samuele Piazza. On November 2, ahead of the Night of Contemporary Arts, the OGR will host a free opening for the public from 7 PM to 10 PM.
Mike Nelson – who represented Great Britain at the 2011 Venice Biennale and was twice nominated for the Turner Prize – has created a new project, designed specifically for the spaces of the Officine Grandi Riparazioni.
Binario 1 appears to have been completely transformed into “another place” by a large-scale installation that takes up the entire hall with a powerful yet intimate intervention: the former industrial space is made unrecognizable, generating an alienating effect in which visitors are called to find their own personal path, to freely explore the different elements in search of the clues necessary to construct their own individual narrative. As the title suggests, a suspended and enigmatic atmosphere marks the installation, formed by a landscape that seems to come out of the images of a film and in which different memories and material layers create a narrative open to multiple readings. The themes of journey (both metaphorical and real) and transience emerge as a sort of fil rouge to this story that, set inside the OGR, which for over a century was a repair workshops for rail vehicles, finds a perfect setting to amplify the sense of a work deliberately left without predefined keys of interpretation.The first piece of the path is a small sculpture,Untitled(intimate sculpture for a public space)(2013), which welcomes the visitor in the foyer of the Officine Nord: a sleeping bag placed on theground, enclosed in a shrine, in memory of a friend and collaborator, Erlend Williamson, artist and passionate climber, who died more than twenty years ago while climbing in the Scottish Highlands.The sculpture, with its intimate and discreet presence, counterbalances the intervention visiblethrough the glass entrance ofBinario 1: the transparent threshold allows to see a heap of debris and rubble, a pile of dirt pressing up against the glass wall. Transformed into a vitrine, the new installation resonates with the first work.An enormous wooden structure, similar to a scaffolding, at first visible only from the back entrance,leads into the space. The sculpture looks like a large billboard or the screen of a drive-in: once beyond it, visitors find themselves inside a dimly lit environment where, amid pressed rubble, are about twenty parked cars, covered with dust and in a state of complete abandonment. It is not clear why the cars are in that state, but several objects, memories of their previous (real or imaginary) owners carrying traces of the past, can still be found on the car seats. Only a few light sources guide the exploration of visitors, called to interact with the elements of this complex installation, immersed in a spatial and temporal suspension that makes existential contoursundefined, even before blurring the visual ones.Mike Nelson’s intervention at the OGR mixes into a new work different sources. Various suggestions expand in a continued game of references: the pile of debris forming the floor on which visitors are walking recalls Land Art interventions and happenings like theEarth Room of Walter De Maria, yet here the ground of the installation is transformed into a dirt parking lot, in which the remains of old buildings, fragments of tiles or waste materials are clearly visible. Different temporalities seem to collide within the installation: a recent past and an almost archaeological dimension (or maybe a near future?), join to form a dystopian present: cars, that can still be found on today’s streets, are combined with the idea of precariousness that the rubble conveys, the ambiguity between a recent demolition, an in-progress apocalypse and a potential reconstruction. Once again Nelson radically transforms the site in dialogue with the existing structure, creating an atmosphere of expectation and suspension – which recalls great masters of cinema such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Dario Argento, or artists like Ed Kienholz, all sourcesof inspiration for Nelson’s new work – creating a physical and emotional limbo filled with charm andcomplexity. The idea of transformation, cornerstone of OGR’s programming, thus materializes in a narrativestructure that emerges from the architectural changes in relation to the history of the building, whilethe objects, carefully selected by the artist and transformed into sculptures, create an articulated
PRACTICAL INFOMike NelsonL’Attesocurated by Samuele Piazza2 November 2018 – 3 February 2019OGR – Officine Grandi RiparazioniCorso Castelfidardo 22, TorinoOpening hours during ArtissimaFriday 2 November, opening: 7 pm – 10 pmSaturday 3 November: 11 am – 7 pmSunday 4 November: 11 am – 7 pmFrom 5 November 2018 to 3 February 2019Thursday: 11 am – 7 pmFriday: 11 am – 8 pmSaturday and Sunday: 11 am – 7 pmFull price ticket 8€, concession 5€For reduction: