Jens Kothe “Outer Skin. Inner Gaze” at Cassina Projects, Milan

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You must have already noticed it. On reaching on the crimson brick industrial constructing and peering into the gallery entrance, this object is looking at you.

Now you might be in, direct your gaze in the direction of it and are available nearer. Caress its form together with your eyes. Peer over its black taut and semi shiny floor, coated with beeswax, acrylic paint and pigment. A cavity shifted barely to the precise reveals a collection of oval holes in lime wooden beneath. Like wounds, these

concentric layers allude to cracks and fractures, evoking publicity, corporeality and hazard.
 Do you understand any form of bodily proximity?

Go round it and have a look at its again. Weak and bare, this aspect appears intentionally left ‘unfinished.’ It’s within the nature of this object to show each staples and stitching which each damage and relieve the floor: these human weaknesses that maintain you collectively.

Then stroll in the direction of the 2 entrance pillars within the room, bearing both to the left or the precise—you select. Take your time and circle round them. Three free-standing fences, over two metres excessive, are framed in textile cotton coated with chalk. They could stop you from wanting past, however don’t hesitate. As obstacles, they mark boundaries, and as obstacles they might be crossed.

You are feeling each uncovered and guarded, don’t you? These fences evoke an interaction between a ‘weak’ and the ‘safer’ half. Which of them are you in? Is the skin safer than the within?

Pause in entrance of one of many fences and get nearer to the web, peering at that curved white counter, balanced on skinny metal legs. Doesn’t it appear to be a walkway? Or a dissection desk? It ‘weeps’ on the edges. It’s the solidified drops of epoxy resin that give it this impact. Some foot casts lie on the counter, like fragments or relics, protected relics. Is that this what stays of us? Are these ft simply an phantasm or the actual bodily translation of a motion? A measure of a mere emotional distance between physique elements?

Enter the enclosed space. It’s time to encroach in your consolation zone. Stroll as much as the counter and decrease your head. Look down. Discover the ceramic fingers beneath the desk? Like prostheses or props, their fingers ‘communicate’ a dumb alphabet. These fingers are sculptural reinterpretations of sure safety indicators: the palm going through outwards, the fingers curled across the thumb. An ecology of gestures. Have you ever ever discovered your self in a state of affairs to make use of them? How do these indicators have an effect on your reminiscences of being weak and in peril?


Now take one other have a look at the ft on the counter, and slowly get out of what’s speculated to be a hazard zone.

Breathe once more, slowly.

Go searching and take your bearings. Quite a few sculptures in upholstery wadding dangle on the wall. As they operate so successfully at preferrred vary, a haptic expectation is perceived. Did you discover them from a distance? Their pores and skin attracts your interior gaze. Name it want.

Be happy to wander across the room, forwards and backwards, approaching and shifting away from these objects. Don’t they appear to be innocent actors in a surveillance space? Examine them one after the other. Some have wounds and cuts which might be deeper or extra superficial, revealing shapes like feminine sexual organs, nooks of intimacy. Delicate membranes with sewn cracks and stapled tears. Weak obstacles. Is the within safer than the skin?

Different hanging black sculptures show holes and inside visceral buildings made from lime wooden. Take a look at certainly one of them, rigorously. Then, shut your eyes and picture fondling it. Its softness is just obvious, isn’t it?

Open your eyes once more. A pale pink sq. sculpture on the entrance catches your consideration. Don’t its pine components evoke two fingers clasped in prayer? Or are these sections making an attempt to be infiltrated as an act of penetration? Are you conscious that your physique is defenseless?

Now take one final look. The hazard has maybe pale away, however the vulnerability beneath nonetheless stays.

Curated by
Giovanna Manzotti

at Cassina Tasks, Milan
till June 1, 2023

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