Andrea De Stefani


06 November19 December 2015

Almanac is thrilled to present Nocturama by Italian artist Andrea De Stefani, a solo exhibition emerging from the residency programme Almanac Inn, Turin.

In Nocturama your gaze delves into a reversed temporality. The elements of an urban landscape merge in a formal synthesis as your eyes get used to the amber lights.

Penetrating into an artificial gloom, we find ourselves familiar again with a distorted world.

It is the relationship between subjectivity and its exteriority that is compromised and redefined. Hierarchies are reweaved within this finite terrain. New relations are set, starting from existing elements, from their realities and fictional natures.

This architecture delineates a system composed of fluctuating factors. As part of the living, their relations are constantly renewed to balance a precarious state of differences.

Immersed in a synthetic darkness, the uniqueness of forms that inhabit it appear as embodiment of a new nature. The otherness of this reversed vision opens up novel imaginaries.

In Nocturama our gaze takes into account different domains of sensibility. Reshaping the relation of the subject to time, the body and the landscape that surrounds it.

A description of landscape, loaded with temporality, is always a narrative: there is an “I” in movement that describes a landscape in movement, and every element of the landscape is loaded with its own temporality, that is the possibility to be described in another moment, present or future. (Italo Calvino).

Installation view

Dry Landscape $exy Jackson, coins, string, clay, bituminous waterproofing paint, ash, iron, 500 x 270 x 50 cm. (Detail)

Diminuendo in Blue, lambda print on dibond 70 x 110 cm, dried celosia cristata, iron.

Diminuendo in Blue. (Detail)

Installation view

Smash-Up Nocturama Edition, billboard (print on blueback paper), iron, glass, painted wood (1966 Piaggio Green), asphalt, environmental dimensions.

Smash-Up Nocturama Edition. (Detail)

Smash-Up Nocturama Edition. (Detail)

All photos by Oskar Proctor.