archive: Eva and Franco Mattes' LOL Exhibition in Italy|
Posted on Monday, January 08 @ 22:29:29 CET by rebecca
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES of 0100101110101101.ORG, after first exhibiting their Second Life virtual portraits within Second Life will now be exhibiting them in Italy with prints for sale.
For over a year Eva and Franco Mattes lived in the virtual world of Second Life, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of this "video game flânerie" is a series of portraits characterized by the bright colors, artificial lighting, polygonal shapes and surreal perspectives typical of virtual worlds.
Overall, the series draws on the technological developments which allow the creation of alternate identities within simulated worlds.
Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG)
January 20 - March 3, 2007
OPENING: Saturday, January 20, 6 pm
Fabio Paris Art Gallery, Brescia, Italy
Show curated and catalogue edited by Domenico Quaranta
"LOL" carries on the work that began with "13 Most Beautiful Avatars",
an exhibition project that involved the physical space of the Italian
Academy in New York and the virtual space of Ars Virtua Gallery (curated
by Rhizome.org), and is set to continue in February with the Mattes’
second solo exhibition at Postmasters Gallery in New York.
"LOL" features five portraits and a triptych, all dedicated to female
avatars. The title of the show is an expression much used by the online
community to express amusement or jollity ("Laugh Out Loud" or "Lots Of
Laughs") or as a closing greeting ("Lots Of Love"). The fact that the
Mattes duo refuse to explain the meaning of this ready-made of web
communications leaves it open for interpretation: an artificial language
for artificial life forms? A touch of sarcasm towards attempts to
interpret a work that should be assessed primarily from the aesthetic
point of view? Or rather the revelation that behind the display of
apparent high spirits virtual worlds conceal a profound sense of
anxiety, an underlying tragedy that at times emerges from these
dazzlingly beautiful faces?
On occasion of the exhibition the gallery is to publish the book
"Portraits", which explores all the stages of this work.
Eva e Franco Mattes (a.k.a 0100101110101101.ORG)