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LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
LAURA GRISI Cosmogony
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LAURA GRISI Cosmogony

From 21 March to 25 August 2024

MACRO - Museum of contemporary art

MACRO - Museum of contemporary art

Via Nizza, 138, Rome

Closed now: open at 12:00

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Laura Grisi (Rodi, 1939 - Rome, 2017) is an artist who has always evaded the categories of her time, whose work, today the subject of rediscoveries and rereadings, is contextualised in the exhibition Cosmogonie in relation to that of the artists Leonor Antunes, Nancy Holt and Liliane Lijn. Living mainly in Rome and New York, her work has related to multiple artistic currents, to which she has been compared, without however fully adhering to them. It maintains a proximity with the optical research of kinetic art, with the conformity to the consumer society typical of Pop Art, with the industrial materials and geometry of American minimalism and with the attitude to dematerialization of Arte Povera, while nevertheless obtaining a position autonomous and unusual within the history of art. The artist embraces a nomadic existence, challenging the politics of identity, the singularity of representation, and the linear construct of time.


Seven large works by the artist created with different media – sound, painting, video and light installations – offer a new opportunity to enter into his reflections on the perception of images and his explorations of the tensions between nature and artifice that focus on elements marginal. His research often materializes in the creation of technological installations and immersive environments that reproduce atmospheric phenomena that allow the artist to grasp nature as a "mental and technological fact", while maintaining an intimate and spiritual energy.


The painting Untitled (1965-1966) rather than questioning the represented space explores the photographic space of representation which is at the center of an emotionally detached analysis conducted in pictorial terms. As the artist states «It was a world seen through a lens with an altered focal distance». In Model Car Racing (1967) and Sunset Light (1967) Grisi employs neon and metal in an attempt to redefine space and its image, giving life to objects and installations covered in grooved plastic panels, which blur details and generate an illusory effect of depth and perspective. Sounds (1971) is a magnetic tape recording presented in two audio cassettes in which sound is used as documentation of a physical reality: natural elements are explored through the recording of a particular sound moment. The research is a study on variations in similarity and on mathematical measurement processes that present a constant and a variable, in this case on the minimal differences between sounds produced by the same element in different conditions. In the video From One to Four Pebbles (1972), the artist uses a finite number of stones of different size, shape and colour, to create an open series of combinations, assigning a mental order to the natural order of things.

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