Edel Assanti is pleased to present (In)visible, an exhibition of interdisciplinary works by six artists, and a specially commissioned redesign of the gallery’s exhibition space by architects Groves/ Natcheva. Taking Calvino’s Invisible Cities as its curatorial starting point, Edel Assanti invite the viewer to reimagine the gallery, exploring the exhibition using Groves/Natcheva’s fantastical blueprint as a springboard.
‘With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives ...deceitful, and everything conceals something else.’ Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
In Calvino’s journey of storytelling, material and philosophical systems are allowed into the field of play only to be distorted. Nothing is what it seems. Everything conceals something else. (In)visible is based broadly on this tactic, bringing together artists who share an interest in blurring boundaries between surface and depth, and between past and present.
Groves/Natcheva have intertwined the exhibits and the gallery’s spaces with their architectural practice’s own memories and a generous infusion of fantasy. The drawing is in the building, and the building is in the drawing in this visual invitation to see and think as an architect can. It is a dreamscape of uncharted territory and a reminder that, as Also Rossi wrote in his influential The Architecture of the City, ‘The city is as irrational as any work of art, and its mystery is perhaps above all to be found in the secret and ceaseless will of its collective manifestations.’
Between the visible and the invisible, past and present, reality and the dreamscape, (In)visible entices us into fantastical cities of the mind.