This exhibition is the first step of Callisto Fine Arts into the virtual world. It is a concept exhibition, similar to a concept album in Rock, and it is the result of a joint curatorial effort by Arianna Carossa and Carlo Milano, with essays by Luca Bochicchio and Jamie Kulhanek, and the assistance of Anna Chiara Giusa. It is also the first stage of a long-term project that will include physical exhibitions in London and in New York.
This collaboration goes deeper than the essentially superficial statement that all art is contemporary. Each work of art in the exhibition has an independent role and is an extract from a conversation between the gallerist and the artist about the idea of fragment and the value of craftsmanship and manual work in art. In a post pandemic world, where physical and social interaction is strictly regulated and the virtual takes advantage over the real, they are becoming even more relevant and crucial. The conceptual and practical work of the artist remains the same, from Jacopo della Quercia to today.
Fragments have long fascinated collectors. The antique fragments in this exhibition are the result of the events of history, the passing of time, or the actions – involuntary or acts of vandalism – of humans. Those by Arianna Carossa are in some cases the consequences of the accidental destruction of a collection of Lenci ceramics, and in others of the arranging of parts according to a physical and intense relationship.
Intensity is another theme of this concept exhibition. The essence of antique art is in the precise balance between intensity and elegance. The two qualities do not exclude one another, but intensity must prevail, or art is just a hollow exercise.