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Exhibition Detail

July 14th, 2011 - August 13th, 2011
Seminario Sull\'infantazia 8, Simone BergantiniSimone Bergantini,
Seminario Sull'infantazia 8,
2006, Photography , 20" x 20" [51cm x 51cm]
© Courtesy of the artist & MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Art Prospects
Tue-Sat 11-6
photography, sculpture

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA art prospects is pleased to present in our summer group show Interior four artists, Satomi Shirai, Simone Bergantini, Rita MacDonald, and Anders Rhuwald, who explore the emotional influences that the décor and architecture of a room hold on its inhabitants, what Christopher Alexander and other proponents of Organic Architecture would call it’s “aliveness.”  In light of mainstream’s desire for commercial modernist design and sleek, minimalist styling architecture, in which hand crafted design has given way to sterile formalism and rationalism, these distinct artists create evocative interior spaces that explore the emotional undercurrents that inform the “interior.”

Juxtaposing photos of her apartment with hand-made dollhouses replete with miniature furniture and commodities, Satomi Shirai’s work investigates the psychological act of creating spaces that merge the tangible, physical place and the intangible, experienced one. The resulting photo and photo-sculpture present skewed, uncanny narratives based on the artist's memories.

The photo series Seminario Sull'infantazia ("Seminar on Childhood") by Simone Bergantini documents old abandoned factories in the suburbs of Italy’s largest cities, homes to illegal immigrants, drug addicts, the homeless, and children at play. Instead of representational depictions, Bergantini chooses to let the domestic space and its incongruous trappings tell the story of denied childhood.

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