La scultura italiana del XXI secolo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano, Italy
October 20, 2010 / January 30, 2011. Curated by Marco Meneguzzo (Catalogue)
If you fear something, you'll hear something, 2010
Tempera (stencil), cm 550 x 550. Editon of 3. Courtesy e/static, Torino and Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice
Framed by the two important events that according to Slavoj Žižek have characterized the first decade of the XXI century --9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008, “If you fear something, you’ll hear something” refers to my experience living in New York City in August of 2004 during the republican convention. In that specific occasion, much like in the simple quotidian of the city, the noise of the helicopters (often not visible because they are hidden by the skyscrapers) invaded and affected the urban space, creating a new configuration projected from the sky.
The title/text of this work, that inverts the signs, “ If you see something, say something”, underlines the paranoid and apocalyptic atmosphere of our days approximating ground zero of the sculpture, in its state of exception and of radical transformation, where the plastic dimension is defined trough the intangible and real sonorous universe that is part of our environment.