NICOLÒ QUIRICO

http://www.quirico.com/

 

Nicolò Quirico - Pałace Słów

Nicolò Quirico pracuje w obszarze komunikacji wizualnej i wydawnictwach od 1985 roku, kiedy to ukończył Istituto Statale d'Arte w Monza. Od 1996 do 2004 pracował w Organization of the Morlotti-Imbersago Prize i wówczas rozpoczął swoje artystyczne badania, nad wykorzystaniem fotografii do tworzenia instalacji konceptualnych. Zaczął tworzyć wyrafinowane związki pomiędzy wyobraźnią i pamięcią, między historią i fantazją w podróżującej wystawie poświęconej rzece Adda i Bestiario dell’ora blu, opublikowanej w Il fotografo magazine. W 2009 roku wygrał drugą edycję nagrody krajowej zorganizowanej przez Fondazione Piero e Vittorio Alinari of Florence na temat Fotografare il territorio.

Wybrane wystawy grupowe i indywidualne:

2016 Palazzi di Parole - Spazio BVK - Venezia
2016 Palazzi di Parole - XXS aperto al contemporaneo - Palermo
2016 MIA Milan Image Art Fair - Costantini Art Gallery
2016 Milano Il corpo e il luogo - Museo di arte moderna
e contemporanea Castello di Masnago Varese
2016 ArteFiera - Costantini Art Gallery, Bologna
2016 Premio Internazionale Lìmen Arte - Complesso Valentianum - Vibo Valentia
2015 Patchwork - Must Gallery, Lugano - CH
2014 Tutt'intorno – Quadreria Bovara Reina, Malgrate LC
2014 Spemuta per l'estate – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2014 London Calling – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2014 Pensieri, parole e architetture – Palazzo del Parco, Diano Marina, a cura della Civiero Art Gallery di Diano Castello (IM)
2013 Tacà insèma – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2013 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio SeiCentro di Milano
2013 Complicità sovrapposte – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2013 Pagine d'architettura – galleria La Contemporanea
di Torino
2013 Premio Confini – Roma, Milano, Genova, Trieste, Mestre (VE)
2012 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio Heart di Vimercate
2012 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio Natta di Como
2010 Spiaggia MetàFisica – Spazio Polifemo, Fabbrica del vapore di Milano
2010 BORMIO pietre di carta – Temporary Art Gallery Paola Sosio, mostra itinerante in spazi pubblici e privati della Lombardia

 

Palaces of Words

Nicolò Quirico has worked on visual communication and publishing since 1985, when he graduated at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Monza. From 1996 to 2004 he worked on the Organization of the Morlotti-Imbersago Prize and began his artistic research, starting from the use of photography to create conceptual installations. He created refined matches between imagination and memory, between history and fantasy, as the travelling exhibition dedicated to the river Adda and the Bestiario dell’ora blu, published in the Il fotografo magazine. In 2009 he won the second edition of the national Prize organized by the Fondazione Piero e Vittorio Alinari of Florence entitled Fotografare il territorio.

SELECTION OF SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Palazzi di Parole - Spazio BVK - Venezia
2016 Palazzi di Parole - XXS aperto al contemporaneo - Palermo
2016 MIA Milan Image Art Fair - Costantini Art Gallery,
2016 Milano Il corpo e il luogo - Museo di arte moderna
e contemporanea Castello di Masnago Varese
2016 ArteFiera - Costantini Art Gallery, Bologna
2016 Premio Internazionale Lìmen Arte - Complesso Valentianum - Vibo Valentia
2015 Patchwork - Must Gallery, Lugano - CH
2014 Tutt'intorno – Quadreria Bovara Reina, Malgrate LC
2014 Spemuta per l'estate – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2014 London Calling – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2014 Pensieri, parole e architetture – Palazzo del Parco, Diano Marina, a cura della Civiero Art Gallery di Diano Castello (IM)
2013 Tacà insèma – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2013 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio SeiCentro di Milano
2013 Complicità sovrapposte – Costantini Art Gallery di Milano
2013 Pagine d'architettura – galleria La Contemporanea
di Torino
2013 Premio Confini – Roma, Milano, Genova, Trieste, Mestre (VE)
2012 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio Heart di Vimercate
2012 Palazzi di Parole – Spazio Natta di Como
2010 Spiaggia MetàFisica – Spazio Polifemo, Fabbrica del vapore di Milano
2010 BORMIO pietre di carta – Temporary Art Gallery Paola Sosio, mostra itinerante in spazi pubblici e privati della Lombardia
 

Critic text

The town voice

Streets, squares and buildings are common features of everyday life – fundamental elements that represent us, that show us for what we are.
Nicolò Quirico constructs the essential constitutive parts of every metropolitan space as images devoid of self-referentiality, by capturing them through a gaze which grasps the vital flow that springs from them or is concealed within them.

These fragments of cities come alive the moment in which they are apparently no longer contaminated by any human presence. They reveal the life that constitutes them: an intimate and arcane life, as it emerges from the present, steeped in history. The focus is on those concealed elements which encapsulate our existence as a whole – not just our private life but also our public one, our relations with others. Cities thus show themselves as a web of spatial and programmatic events, whose nature is that of a constant flux that is often unmeasurable, incomprehensible and unpredictable.

In these images space is never taken for granted, but must be contemplated and acknowledged in order for it to speak to the eye, so as to disclose the hidden life of places that constitute points of departure and of arrival, venues for reflection on the city and our existence within it. What we have here is the charm of the perceptible side of cities grasped as an enchanted reality. Quirico reconstructs this reality by taking photographic snapshots that are enriched with – and connected to – its various aspects through cultural references to the places portrayed and the use of texts as a medium for the photographic prints. Following Quirico’s itineraries as enthralled spectators, we suddenly catch a glimpse of architectures that illustrate the many facets of the city as a sum of variants, recording unexpected movements and mysterious convergences.

Life and memories mingle through streams of words surfacing from behind the pictures: voices and sounds, stories and thoughts, which through collages made from the pages of vintage books emerge out of the photographic prints. Books and the material they are made of are a crucial part of Quirico’s work.

They create a dense web of correspondences through their characters and layout, echoing the geometries of buildings – almost lending substance to their structure. These books are “disassembled” in order to be reassembled; through words, they are built like palaces, displaying iconic characters on sheets that always fold and overlap in a unique way, so as to create works that are never the same.

The relation between inside and outside, between distance and proximity, and the synthesis of image, life and memory open up each frame to encompass ‘other places’, leading the viewer’s gaze towards things and the interior of things towards the viewer’s gaze, expanding it in all directions. Perception cuts through reality and extends so as to include what according to our sensory and intellectual habits is the only reality, through photographs that reconfigure the balance between concepts and images in a clear and detailed way.

Quirico’s works blend real images with dreamt and constructed ones, ciphered images with numerous possible interpretations to be intuited and discovered, starting from the horizon of a city.

They invite us to discover the most unpredictable sides of beauty by adopting unusual points of view, vantage points that are all the more valuable because they are vital, and whose charm lies in their capacity to convey a feeling of playful intellectual wealth.

Alessandra Frosini

© sZAFa 2016
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