The Library of encoded time – Michele Ciacciofera

The Library of encoded time - Michele CiaccioferaImage courtesy of MICHEL REIN 

The Library of encoded time – Michele Ciacciofera
MICHEL REIN – Paris
February 09 – April 06, 2019

Michel Rein Gallery is pleased to present Michele Ciacciofera‘s first solo exhibition. “The Library of Encoded Time” is the third part of a trilogy devised by Ciaccofera, which questions the relation of signs to matter and memory. The first part, The Translucent Skin of the Present, made at the Vitamin Gallery in Guangzhou in 2018, was followed by A Chimerical Museum of Shifting Shapes, made at the Voice Gallery in Marrakesh. The works created for this show, planned as a whole, in which each piece resonates with the next, are the result of a twofold line of thinking about both the erosion and saturation of memory, as well as its creative rekindling.

                       

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Sculptures placed on the floor and on shelves, mural grids, rods leaning against a wall, works on canvas and paper, all appear like fantasized archaeological objects, installed as if in a real excavation site, “edified” using local elements, like bricks and grids. As in his similar earlier installations made in Marrakesh and Guangzhou, Ciacciofera uses kinds of shelves covered with signs, inspired by cuneiform tablets and undeciphered ancient alphabets, local bricks, and “earth” clay from France. In a process designed to rekindle their memory, he carries out an initial firing which “cleanses” the object’s past, and carries on with the task of the craftsman preceding him with forms of writing, made with needles from the pharmaceutical industry, pigments and water, prior to a second firing. 

                    

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Set on the floor, these bricks forming the library called The Library of Encoded Time follow a specific order, as in an archaeological site, tracing a sort of grid with solids and voids, in a rhythm which also suggests a “loss”. The Library of Encoded Time is structured around the concept of “duration“, as defined by philosopher Henri Bergson in his 1907 work Creative Evolution. The focus on duration characterizes the artist‘s creative process and is reflected by his use of techniques that reproduce the natural process of stratification. Created by layering coats of clay, gauze, painting, shellac and wax, these “stratified” artworks bear the marks that duration prints on their surface.

 

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As both a key aspect of the creative process and as a theoretical framework, stratification allows us to understand the ongoing process of construction of human history, memory and identity, thus representing an act of resistance against the obliteration of humankind’s most precious heritage: our words and our actions. Through stratification, culture can be preserved in time: only the vestiges of the most “stratified” cultures have survived to the present day, unscathed by the passage of time.

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