high speed, smooth movements


High Speed Smooth MovementHSF is proud to present High Speed, Smooth Movements, a group exhibition showing works realized by artists during their three-month stay (January-April 2008 ) at HSF residency program. Curated by Raffaele Bedarida, High Speed, Smooth Movements includes Susy Blu (Italian, video, photography), Reuven Israel (Israeli, sculpture, drawing), and Francesco Tumbiolo (Italian, painting).

Isn’t a high-speed Internet connection more exiting than a Donald Judd? (Substantial shifts have occurred since Marinetti wrote that a ride on a roaring car was “more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace”). Now a super-fast web connection is perceived as a necessity and slow food/slow sex is practiced as an ideology. Speed is an archetype of modernity, a fetish of post-modernity: in High Speed, Smooth Movements, HSF artists play with its redefinition, respectively at a social, experiential, and perceptive level.
Susy Blu presents Fast Tourism, a series of photographs and a video on the transcontinental ritual of chronometric cultural consumption. In Sicily, the sublime experience of the volcano Aetna is turned into a standard ten-minute walk around a secondary, small crater (with parking and restaurant). In New York, the bridge as symbol of the eternal challenge between natural obstacles and human ingenuity is revised in the touristic walk on the Brooklyn Bridge: not across the river (too long), just half of it.
Reuven Israel exhibits two large drawings and two sculptures. L.V. and Roger Roger are ambiguous shiny things. Israel’s painstaking craftwork turns cheap wood into highly refined plastic-like, industrial-like objects. The iconic L.V. is hung high on the wall as a religious symbol, the kinetic Roger Roger satisfies the viewer’s wish to touch its shiny surface. When pushed, Roger Roger spins, smoothly and uselessly.
Francesco Tumbiolo shows two series of paintings, Bookmarks and Waterproof Memoirs, and a site-specific painting installation, A Study for “As Far as the Dust.” As with a tennis ball, he plays with the perception and interrelation between photography, movement, and experience through time, embodied by the two interrupted tennis players, their game and our gaze. The viewer’s eyes are not able to grasp the image. They slip on the enameled glossy surface of A Study for “As Far as the Dust” as the gummy black lines flow on the water-proof fabric of Bookmarks and Waterproof Memoirs.

High Speed, Smooth Movements
Opening reception: March 31, 2008, 6:00-10:00 pm
On view by appointment: April 1-April 6, 2008.

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Harlem Studio Fellowship HSF is a residency program for international artists. Conceived by Ruggero Montrasio and curated by Raffaele Bedarida, the program invites two or three young artists every three months. HSF provides them with housing and studio in Harlem, NYC. HSF gives a welcome party after one month of each group's residence, in order to introduce the Harlem Studio fellows to New York friends and public. Every three-month period will end with a group exhibition, displaying works and projects accomplished by each artist during his/her stay in New York. In every spring from 2008 on, a show will be held (catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale), displaying a selection from the artists in residence during the previous year. View all posts by harlemstudio

One response to “high speed, smooth movements

  • MasatoNagai

    Dear.HSF and friends

    Hi,It,s Masato in Japan again.
    Your new show and welcome party looks nice.
    I realy like old Italien moves so your residency
    seems like Fedelico Felini,s works.
    I hope I can join your wonderful life in NY.

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