- Smoke, Mark Handforth at Villa Croce, Genoa
Villa Croce in Genoa is a beautiful neoclassic villa in the middle of a park that forms the green lung of the district of Carignano, an oasis of peace under the huge centuries-old trees overlooking the sea, across the Blue Pavilion of the Genoa exhibition centre by French architect Jean Nouvel.
From 23 June to 5 September, Villa Croce is hosting the SMOKE exhibition, with existing and new works by US-based artist Mark Handforth whose Flagpole - the large sculpture created specifically and positioned outside, facing the sea - reconfigures the relationship between the museum, the horizon of the Mediterranean and the port below.
Handforth (*1969) has stood out internationally for his creation of large-scale public sculptures as a response to the mystifying proportions of American metropolises in relation to minor elements of the urban landscape like street lighting, road signs and other signs like “Smoke”, the title of the exhibition as well as a reference to dissolving forms and moving shapes.
At Villa Croce, the artist reinterprets the architecture and the spaces of the neoclassic building. The exhibition is marked by a surreal sequence of twisted lampposts, fluorescent mandalas of neon lights, gigantic coat-hangers and crumpled stars.
The dynamic tension between organic and inorganic shapes of SMOKE composes a choreography of shapes in the space that can even question the symbolic universe and perceptual moorings of visitors, who find themselves suspended above light floors or amidst stars falling from the ceiling.
Mark Handforth's exhibition, SMOKE at Villa Croce is both an great opportunity to get to know Genoa and is huge cultural offer, and it also brings us face to face with one of the major themes of our times, namely the perception, and therefore the interpretation of both the context and ourselves.
Exhibition - MARK HANDFORTH, SMOKE
curator: Ilaria Bonacossa
from 23 June to 05 September 2016
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa
Find out more: http://www.villacroce.org/