Curated by: Angelo Crespi
From 6 to 27 October 2019, the MA*GA Museum in Gallarate hosts the solo exhibition by Elisa Anfuso (Catania, 1982), entitled "Eyes Wide Shut".
The exhibition, curated by Angelo Crespi, with the support of liquid art system, presents a dozen works by the Sicilian artist, which are characterized by an atmosphere suspended halfway between reality and fiction, within which they move exclusively women and adolescents.
The cold protagonists of his canvases are captured in sophisticated, sometimes solemn, often theatrical poses, on a backdrop that reveals a firm and indifferent nature, or on white spatial scores or on just mentioned sixteenth-century architecture.
Elisa Anfuso takes particular care with every aspect of her paintings, from simple but at the same time heavy lace and lace to elaborate hairstyles to exhaustion, from animals, objects, desserts, which seem to come out of the pages of a constantly evolving fairy tale.
Moreover, as Angelo Crespi states, "the adolescents and women of the Anfuso maintain a certain erotic charge, their postures reveal certain childhood disturbances, but in the cold composure of the forms and in the cleanliness of the line, nothing overflows and the sensations are channeled , brought back into the bed of a near normality ”.
The title of the exhibition, "Eyes Wide Shut" takes up the title of the homonymous film by Stanley Kubrick (1999) taken in turn from the novel Doppio sogno by Arthur Schnitzler (1925/26) and reflects the ambiguity of a look at an open and closed time, simultaneously facing outwards and inwards.
It is no coincidence that some of the portrayed women appear blindfolded, blind to the outside world, but careful to look inside themselves.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of editions MA * GA / liquid art system.