Behind the appearances is the exhibition that ERPAC (Regional Cultural Heritage Authority) of Friuli Venezia Giulia proposes at the Luigi Spazzapan Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art in Gradisca d’Isonzo, curated by Lorenzo Michelli with the coordination of Alda Balestra Stauffenberg.
Dedicated to an artistic form that contemplates the human body, nature and artifice, it offers a selection of works, some unpublished, by Vera Lehndorff and Holger Trülzsch, artists who want to reflect beyond appearances through photography.
The exhibition is structured in several sections corresponding to cycles and themes treated by the artists: Nature, Performances, Oxydations, Peterskirchen, Paros, Spetse. A work begun in the 70s, when every pattern with respect to customs had been overcome in favor of a more extensive aesthetic, which not only had overcome the logic of the painting, but had entered daily life, the environment, in everything that surrounded man.
Through photography, the two artists work on the act of showing themselves; and they do so with images of a woman's body in relation to different situations. The photos document an action aimed at the body that becomes an alternative communication tool, painted and manipulated to be inserted and camouflaged with nature and the surrounding environment. The fact that Vera Lehndorff was one of the most famous models on an international level (everyone remembers her as the famous Veruschka from Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up film) leads us to reflect on the dualism between pose and naturalness, between appearing and disappearing. An exhibition whose themes linked to nature appear in consonance with the current times characterized by the pandemic crisis; a crisis to which art can provide suggestions for new interpretative and existential models.
The exhibition is accompanied by some films (Salomé, Sirius, Where the dog had been buried, Die Türe / The Door, Oxydations) available along the way. Shot in super 8 and 16 mm, they tell the ideas and position of the two artists with respect to themes such as the natural, the icon, the ambiguity of artistic languages and the new expressive experiences related to the body. A volume that documents the works on display and a testimony by Holger Trülzsch with respect to the themes of nature and artifice, ambiguity of the photographic medium, icon, temporal dimension in art, art during periods of crisis, creative act, fashion and fashion system art, the 70s and new media enrich the Friulian exhibition, open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00.