Harlem Studio Fellowship presents: THE PIONEERS. June 28, 2007 > 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm

Featuring: Marco Mancassola, Andreas Huyskens, Marco Perroni, and Nicola Villa

Curated by: Raffaele Bedarida

The Pioneers

Harlem Studio is proud to present The Pioneers, a group exhibition showing works and projects realized by artists during their three-month stay (April-July 2007) at Harlem Studio Fellowship (HSF) residency program. Curated by Raffaele Bedarida, The Pioneers includes a writer, Marco Mancassola, and three visual artists: Andreas Huyskens, Marco Perroni, and Nicola Villa. The exhibition title acknowledges these artists as the first courageous group of Harlem Studio fellows. Simultaneously, by playing with a punk-like name and iconography, The Pioneers ironically refers to a shift in the notion of the international artist coming to New York: between a commonplace related to a late 1970s-early 1980s underground imagery, and today’s safe and bourgeois reality of living in Manhattan.

Mancassola is writing a sentimental novel with super-heroes as its characters. In The Pioneers show, he participates as Louis Böde, a project founded by him with musicians Sergio Bertin and Giacomo Garavelloni, and two other Harlem Studio fellows: Perroni and Villa. In January 2007 Louis Böde released his first work, ‘Kids&Revolution,’ an illustrated book of dark fables, a sort of new millennium’s ‘One Thousand and One Nights.’ ‘Kids&Revolution’ is also an animated music video.
Huyskens’ gaze ironically inquires the Empire State metropolis through tiny details of everyday life. In a third-millennium’s true Epicurean spirit, Huyskens focuses on the little garden at the back of Harlem Studio as a stage and a metonymy of the outside world. By means of his pseudo-expressionist paintings and pseudo-Chinese drawings, Huyskens portrays the fiction of a hidden quite life.
Perroni shows “Trip notes,” a tree of paper that grows on the studio’s wall as an environmental sketchbook: this is the container where he records every day the harsh notes of his stay in New York. The work will be complete (and destroyed) on the last day of the artist’s sojourn here. In the series of ink drawings entitled “The black Swimming Pool,” Perroni immerses Giorgio de Chirico’s disquieting solemnity and David Hokney’s pop imagery into pitiless and rough visions of baseness without escape.
Villa is an architect, therefore he paints. His research focused on the transforming streets and people of Harlem. As a foreign guest, Villa tried to initiate a dialogue with his host neighborhood and neighbors. Through the project “Seeking for Words,” he asked Harlem elementary school students, HSF visitors and friends to write down, in his drawings, hypothetical thoughts and words of the portrayed figures. Images and words that he collected are raw materials for a new sociological architecture.

The Pioneers
June 28, 2007 > 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm


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