Tucci Russo Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition featuring the works of acclaimed artist Conrad Shawcross at their Turin Chambres d'Art space. The exhibition showcases Shawcross's most recent explorations into light, geometry, and perception, offering visitors a captivating journey into the artist's visionary world.
At the heart of the exhibition are two mechanical sculptures from Shawcross's ongoing series, "Patterns of Absence" and "Slow Arc Inside a Cube." These dynamic artworks push the boundaries of form and movement, captivating viewers with their intricate designs. In addition, Shawcross unveils his latest venture into the realm of glass with a piece titled "Spindle," which explores the interplay of light and shadows. Another highlight of the exhibition is a set of three editioned prints titled "Study for the Patterns of Absence," offering a glimpse into Shawcross's creative process.
The first gallery showcases "Patterns of Absence," the largest wall-based light sculpture in the exhibition. Composed of two colored, perforated disks moving in counter-rotation, these mesmerizing pieces create intricate patterns of light through the complex interference of holes. Accompanying the sculptures are print studies that provide insights into the artistic journey leading up to the creation of the main works.
In the same gallery, visitors will encounter "Spindle," a hand-spun glass sculpture that casts enigmatic shadows. The flattened form of the Spindle draws parallels to celestial systems, which, over time, tend to assume a flat shape due to the laws of angular momentum. While the spun disk symbolizes our planetary envelope with its chance irregularities, the arrowed spindle breaks through this flatness, representing the extreme velocity of our sun's journey through the galaxy. It serves as a captivating reminder of the awe-inspiring wonders and forces of space.
Moving into the second space, viewers will be greeted by a towering sculpture called "Paradigm." Composed of stacked tetrahedrons, this artwork serves as a beacon for progress and human endeavor, while also reminding viewers of the inherent fallibility in our pursuit of knowledge. Inspired by the writings of scientific philosopher Thomas Kuhn, the sculpture represents the need to topple old paradigms to make way for new ideas and advancements.
In the third space, Shawcross's "Slow Arc Inside a Cube XV" hangs, inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay between shadows and the platonic machine that created them. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of chemist Dorothy Hodgkins, the sculpture explores the challenge of deducing the structure and mechanisms of an object solely from its shadow. Positioned in a position of philosophical objectivity, viewers are encouraged to ponder the boundaries of perception and deduction.
"In The Shadows Lie Eternity" marks Conrad Shawcross's third solo exhibition at Tucci Russo Gallery, following his highly acclaimed shows "Stacks, Folds and Interference" in 2016 and "Dumbbell" in 2008. The artist, elected as a Royal Academician in 2013, is the youngest member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London, solidifying his position as a leading figure in contemporary art.
Conrad Shawcross, born in London in 1977, has left an indelible mark on the global art scene with monumental public commissions worldwide. His works have been exhibited in renowned institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Connecticut, the National Gallery in London, ARTMIA in Beijing, and Château La Coste in Provence.
The exhibition "In The Shadows Lie Eternity" will be open to the public from 22 June to 7 October 2023. Visitors are invited to explore the captivating world of Conrad Shawcross at Tucci Russo Gallery's Chambres d'Art, located at Via Davide Bertolotti 2, Turin. The gallery's opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm. This extraordinary exhibition promises to be a compelling exploration of light, geometry, and the boundless wonders of perception.