For the first year of the cultural project San Carlo Cremona inaugurated in September 2021, the New York artist Servane Mary invited three creative friends to exhibit a personal site specific presentation in a deconsecrated church of the seventeenth century which, after various vicissitudes, has become a space full of sacred and enigmatic references dedicated to contemporary art.
To distinguish the exhibitions, artists but also media different. The series in fact began with the painting of Servane Mary, continued with the sculpture by Mark Handforth and with the video art and performance by Dara Friedman, ending with painting by Robert Janitz which he proposes Carmina Burrata, open to the public, by appointment, until 10 January 2023 .
A dialogue between contemporary art and territory
The deconsecrated church of San Carlo, place in the historical memory of the city of Cremona for many years object of abuse and finally closed to the public, reopened a year ago to host San Carlo, a project realized thanks to Lorenzo Spinelli and Form. The Creative Group, in collaboration with APalazzo Gallery, which was created to promote contemporary art, understood as a language to investigate changes in society , as a tool for dialogue, as a means to stimulate the participation of the local community and activate environments (and behaviors) in favor of change.
Carmina Burrata by Robert Janitz
Robert Janitz bases his installation made up of 6 black and white paintings and 6 colored paintings on a question that he continues to ask himself: what is the exhibition space standard called “white cube” and what does it do to its “content”? Is it a neutral or commercial space? Or can it also be a sacred space?
After several investigations, in the baroque church of San Carlo everything revolves around the arches of the side chapels and the vaulted ceilings, all decorated with frescoes that have deteriorated over time.
Glitches by Servane Mary
Above the ruins of San Donnino, which had existed since the 11th century, in 1612 the church that takes the name of San Carlo was rebuilt , in honor of the Saint Borromeo. The Glitches exhibition by Servane Mary, consisting of three monumental paintings (5x5 meters) created ah hoc, inaugurated the San Carlo project that inhabits and animates the church in September 2021.
White-Light-Whirlwind by Mark Handforth
Second exhibition of the project, inaugurated in March 2022, White-Light-Whirlwind by artist Mark Handforth presented an impressive 'drawing of light' 16 meters high that wound inside the baroque dome of San Carlo.
The Tiger's Tail by Dara Friedman
The Tiger's Tail by the artist Dara Friedman was a pervasive and disturbing work, composed of film, performance and sound installation.