Ex Elettrofonica is pleased to present, from Wednesday October 24th to Friday November 30th 2012, the personal exhibition by Marco Raparelli, Look Mommy I scribbled!
The idea for the exhibition came out of a desire to enrich and complete the collaboration between the Ex Elettrofonica space and the artist, begun with the publication of Permafrost, published by cura.books last spring and presented at the MACRO museum of contemporary art.
This artist’s book, of about 180 plates, portrays a collectivity, gathered in its different human manifestations, in the infinite variety of the characters and typologies that only apparently seem fantastical characters. They aren’t caricatures but rather an unbiased representation of a society hovering between reality and sarcastic representation, between pretence and disconcerting truth.
On display will be the plates originally made for the book. Individual plates which are nonetheless interlinked and through which Marco Raparelli uses the metaphor of the paradox to describe art, society and scientific experiments with an ironic perpective on the banalities of everyday living.
Look Mommy I scribbled!, which takes its title from one of the book’s plates, suggests the spirit with which the artist realises his site-specific project. Marco Raparelli traces mottoes, drawings and slogans stolen from the walls of the city onto the gallery walls, giving us a playful monument to humanity.
In addition, a plate purpose-made by the artist follows the shape of one of the eyelets in the gallery ceiling, and is animated by a series of works in the making: projects, sketches and small sculptures which, in combination with the plate itself, become a unique project.
For the occasion a limited edition slipcase containing the book “Permafrost” and an original drawing will be presented.
With thanks to the Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Naples.
Marco Raparelli (Rome, 1975, lives and works in Rome).
Among the many exhibitions he has taken part in are “Re-Generation”, MACRO, Rome, curated by Maria Licata and Ilaria Gianni (2012) – “Drawing Stories“, Folkwang Museum, Essen (2012) – “Vorrei essere soltanto amato”, MAGA, Gallarate (MI), curated by Gabi Scardi (2012)- “When In Rome”, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, LaXart, Los Angeles (2011) – “TV/ART/TV”, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, curated by Valentina Valentini (2011)- “Mutiny seemed a probability”, Fondazione Giuliani, Roma, curated by Adrienne Drake (2010) –“Flow”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Bethanien, Berlin, curated by Bjorn Hegardt (2010)- “Avventure Minime” , Mac, Salerno, curated by Antonello Tolve (2009) “Luoghi per eroi”, Via Nuova arte contemporanea, Firenze, curated by Lorenzo Bruni (2008) – “Screening”, Haunch of Venison London (2008) – “A,B,C,D,M,N,Z”, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Venezia, curated by Chiara Agnello (2008) – “One of these things is not like the other things”, Galleria unosunove Roma curated by Raimundas Malasauskas (2008) – “Sarah’s Journey” Section of the 7th Bulgarian Biennal of Contemporary Art in Varna, Bulgaria curated by Lorenzo Bruni (2008).
Among his personal exhibitions are “Né qui né altrove” (Marco Raparelli and Giuseppe Pietroniro), Museo Andersen Roma (2012), “Everything will be wonderfoul someday”, Santa Reparata, Florence (2010), curated by Lorenzo Bruni, “Il Futuro non è più quello di una volta”, Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Naples (2009).
He has published As a drop of water on a k-way,(2007) with Fine Arts Unternehmen Books and “The economy of the leisure class”(2009) with Purple Press, Rome. His new book “Permafrost” (2012) is published by Cura Books.