Light Curve is the development of a fragment of space. It is intended to modulate the distance between the expectations of the observer to the emotional experience itself. Alessandro Lupi’s installations challenge the spectator at the boundary that separates active participation from passive contemplation. Between architecture and the artistic intervention, between technology and gesture, between artistic process and the history of art.
A corridor is simultaneously an architectural and an artistic subject. It is, for both categories, a tangible challenge, not a metaphor: a form, an experience, a passageway and a threshold. But key differences remain: the lighting of a passageway is an issue of architecture. For in art, light is of totally diverse nature. It isn’t the outcome of a dialogue between reality and the imagined solution. It is, rather, like a question. It is not about illuminating, but about creating places for significant shadows. Architecture and art share the same path just for a while. They part and what remains we call drawing.
For Projecto Travessa da Ermida – a gallery who have been developing a contemporary art programme since 2008 in a deconsecrated church in Belém, Lisbon – this is once more an opportunity to share a modus operandi of fostering and promoting artistic languages which deal with timeless values and historical tradition while at the same time point to a vibrant and contemporary proactive programme. Light Curve was produced by a Portuguese and Italian consortium, led by Projecto Travessa da Ermida, in cooperatin with, among others ESAD.cr.
Curator Mário Caeiro (w/ Philip Cabau)
Special thanks Rene Rietmeyer, Carol Rolla, Palazzo Bembo.