Renato Nicolodi’s “Proximi Mei Meum Fundamentum” at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem


Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem, is hosting “Proximi Mei Meum Fundamentum,” a solo exhibition of work by Renato Nicolodi (Brussels, 1980). The exhibition is on view through August 19, 2019.

According to the gallery, Nicolodi’s family history runs like a thread through the exhibition. His family and loved ones are the foundation and strength of both his art practice and quest in life: “Proximi Mei Meum Fundamentum.”

On the first floor, the exhibition shows some direct testimonials via photographs and a video projection with the same name as the exhibition. The photographs of family members on the altar-shaped table are tangible memories of a fragile part of his family history, fluctuating between recognizable memories and voids in his memory to be investigated and discovered.

A collection of Super 8 films shot by Nicolodi’s grandfather and father, recording the road for hours between Italy and Belgium, is also on view. “The video material of his father and grandfather shows some striking similarities with Nicolodi’s work: the stereometric forms of which tunnels, viaducts, and intersections are made, exhibit the same rigid and center-seeking structures as the artist’s creations,” states the press statement.

“Ibant Obscuri,” one of the sculptures at the exhibition, borrowed its title from Virgil, the ancient Roman poet, who wrote the sentence, “Ibant obscuri sola sub nocte per umbram” (“They went forth in the darkness down into the lonely night”).

On the ground floor, by contrast, the viewer is given the opportunity to enter a work of art that was made in situ for this exhibition: “Memento Mori III.” Although it’s possible to step inside the work, the viewer is once again confronted with insignificance and humility; after all, more than entering the confined space is not possible; those who enter are trapped both physically and in their sensation.

Renato Nicolodi seeks to evoke a universal sacrality in his work. His sculptures and paintings imagine spaces with corridors and stairs leading to closed-off passageways. Light and shade draw the gaze of the spectator to the inside of the construction, which remains invisible. The core of the work seems to conserve some sort of emptiness. The artist refers to archetypical buildings from past times and cultures, stripping them from their original function, ornament and dogma.

The exhibition is on view through August 19, 2019, at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Stokerijstraat 19, 2110 Wijnegem, Belgium.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.        

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