ALPHABETS OF THE MIND
ALPHABETS F THE MIND
Carlo Alfano, Irma Blank, Dadamaino, Hanne Darboven, Mirtha Dermisache, León Ferrari,
Marcia Hafif, Anna Maria Maiolino, Edda Renouf, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Jan Schoonhoven
Opening: Saturday 22 October
2011 from 6PM to 10.30 PM
from 22 October 2011 al 7
Thursday – Friday: 15 – 19.30
Saturday: 9 – 13.30 / 15 –
other days and time on appointment
Following the solo exhibition No-Water-In by the American
sculptor Richard Nonas, the P420 gallery (Piazza dei Martiri 5/2, Bologna)
proposes a selection of Italian and international artists who started in the
Sixties to use a repeated sign, an unconventional graphism, a mental non-coded
alphabet in the form of illegible writing.
The subject of the exhibition that opens on the 22nd of
October at 18.00, entitled Alphabets of the mind, is not Visual
or Concrete Poetry, but Conceptual research at the boundary between writing
drawings and drawing writing.
As Angela Madesani points out
in the introduction to the exhibition, The French linguist Roland
Barthes claimed that «writing need not be legible in order to qualify
as writing». Moreover, between the Sixties and Seventies, there were many
artists on the international scene who made declarations and proclamations,
strongly marked by ideological, and even more frequently political,
affiliations. The protest is clear, outspoken. An attitude that is more often
than not easy, explicit and fashionable. The pieces exhibited here go against
all of that, but without being preconceived. We stand before pieces, created
with traditional techniques, mostly on paper, which display a profound social
and historical awareness, and above all an awareness of language. Nothing is
random or ephemeral and every signifier takes on a real, typically
The exhibition includes over 40 works by 11 selected artists.
In his Frammenti di un autoritratto anonimo, Carlo Alfano codes a
grammar made of numbers, while the artist Irma Blank, who is German but has
lived in Italy for almost fifty years, in both Eingschriften and Trascrizioni
dedicates herself to the translation of the concept of the unspeakable.
On display are the compulsive artificial writings by German Hanne
Darboven and Dadamaino’s obsessive dictations in Alphabets of the mind
and the more recent Sein und Zeit.
South American artists include Mirtha Dermisache (Textos from the
Seventies and the more recent Newsletters, in which artificial writing
recovers its purely plastic dimension, are exhibited), Leon Ferrari (in whose
work the letter and the text, told in a thousand ways, have a supporting role)
and Anna Maria Maiolino with the Codificações Matéricas Series works.
The works of two American artists are also exhibited, Marcia Hafif
(“mental exercises, which seem to record the mechanisms of thought”, writes
Angela Madesani) and Edda Renouf, whose writing “is like an incision into the
skin of the subject”.
Antonio Scaccabarozzi invents laws that decode the alphabet and grammar
of mental structures, made of single typewritten dots, while Jan Schoonhaven
organises lines in the balance between approximation and rigour.
The catalogue of the exhibition is available at the gallery.
the Press Release and the photo of the invitation.
advance for the publication of this event
P420 Arte contemporanea e libri
Piazza dei Martiri 5/2
40121 Bologna Italia