On this new exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset and John Armleder deal with this historic house as a canvas for experimentation. Their artworks work together with the present interiors in a method that creates an eerie home environment, at one level turning into virtually psychedelic. With their use of mundane, readymades, hyperrealism and minimal geometric abstraction, the artists problem the grand bourgeois setting. With artefacts, sculptures, work, and designs, the artists have created a number of immersive environments the place every room tells its personal story.
The preliminary inspiration for “ROOM SERVICE” stems from Elmgreen & Dragset’s long-standing admiration for Armleder’s work. The three artists, who first met within the early 2000s, share a ardour for on a regular basis objects and their versatility. The duo’s works, along with the Swiss artist, are alluring and interesting whereas additionally subverting the traditional expectations of artwork. It’s as if your entire enterprise of latest artwork with its many techniques quietly amuses them, but they continue to be dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what it may be.
The artists additionally share a fascination with home areas. For the 2009 Venice Biennale, Elmgreen & Dragset remodeled the Danish and Nordic Pavilions into two collectors’ properties. On the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, they created a grand house within the former textile galleries and, most lately, of their 2022 exhibition “Ineffective Our bodies?” at Fondazione Prada, they introduced an inhospitable and futuristic home setting inhabited by post-industrial age superfluous our bodies.
Armleder’s fascination with home areas has extra to do with décor itself. The Swiss artist sees artwork as an imitation of life, and he attracts inspiration from a variety of sources outdoors of the artwork world, corresponding to excessive and low design, common tradition and avant-garde music. In a few of his Furnishings Sculpture items, the artist makes use of furnishings as each topic and materials, creating artworks that problem our notions of what’s purposeful and what’s purely aesthetic. In these sculptures, chairs, tables, lamps, and different home goods are remodeled into summary kinds that recall to mind the work of the Suprematists and Constructivists.
The three artists deliver their shared affinities to bear in a refined inventive dialogue. At MASSIMODECARLO, the customer will come throughout the uncanny presence of a kid determine, kneeling in the course of the room, drawing considered one of Armleder’s work on a sheet of paper. This sort of dialog between the duo and the Swiss artist is current in each house.
From time to time, there might be one other protagonist that inhabits the gallery’s rooms. “ROOM SERVICE” comes alive with an enigmatic presence resembling a grown-up model of the younger boy.
By way of this merging of their practices, “ROOM SERVICE” immerses the customer in a world the place nothing is because it appears, the place the boundary between artwork and on a regular basis life is blurred, and the place the act of creation turns into a collaborative, playful and thought-provoking endeavour.
at MASSIMODECARLO, Milan
till Might 13, 2023