Diego Gualandris & Riccardo Sala at Tile Project Space

Artists: Diego Gualandris & Riccardo Sala

Exhibition title: Caradrio

Venue: Tile Project Space, Milan, Italy

Date: March 13 – April 15, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Tile Project Space, Milan

The Caradrio is a mythological creature, a legendary bird mentioned by Socrates in the Platonic dialogue “Gorgia” to portray the habits of the lustful man.

Formerly described for its ability to defecate during nourishment, in the Middle Ages the animal was charged with a salvific character because it was able to absorb the diseases of the sick only by sitting on their beds and flying against the sun to set them free.

As a symbol of purity and sacrifice, the Caradrio was then associated with the image of Jesus Christ, appearing in pagan-style Christian representations.

The different stories that linger around this creature, witness a specific kind of cultural transmission that, over the centuries, through superstition and paganism have linked Greek mythology and oral culture to Christianity. Within this contamination of cultural sources and iconographies, the imaginary that brings together the practice of the two artists takes shape. Both are involved in a research on visual language that has translated over time reflections on the terrain, on the celestial and on their connection, which characterize the Mediterranean culture.

This research has not been developed starting from a generic anthropological study, but from a rediscovery and deconstruction of their personal stories, which are themselves the result of a mixture between Catholic education, the 80s-90s culture of fantasy fictions, the fascination for the mythological and the fairy-tale, the study of cosmological and theosophical theories.

Gualandris and Sala translate the elements that construct their imagination by creating paintings and sculptures that appear as visions, parts of tales not explicit but simply open to being read. Working on the combinatorial structures characterizing the mythology, the fairy tale and the Renaissance anecdotal literature, the two artists develop a language that, maintaining a correspondence with reality, comes alive thanks to references from the oneiric and metaphysical world.

Sculptures conceived as portable scenarios, sections of sky, landscapes and grotesque characters, are the different elements inserted into a game of correspondences and roles that transform the exhibition into a narrative environment, an imaginary space.

Diego Gualandris (Alzano Lombardo, 1993). Among the projects in which he took part: “Gattacornia”, Maccagno (2017), Trigger Party, Marsèlleria, Milan (2017), VIR, Viafarini in residence, Milan (2016), “Portal”, Current Project, Milan (2016), Academy Awards, Viafarini, Milan (2015), “Vorrei non vederti oggi per vederti tutti gli altri giorni”, second-hand market via Zuretti, Milan (2015).

Riccardo Sala (Milan, 1989) lives and works in Milan. In 2017 he co-founded Altalena (www.altalena.cc) nomadic project dedicated to the organi-zation and promotion of exhibitions and independent artistic activities. Among the projects realized “Gattacornia”, Maccagno (2017). He co-curated with Lorenza Longhi and Andrea Magnani “Vorrei non vederti oggi per vederti tutti gli altri giorni”, second-hand market in via Zuretti, Milan (2015). He took part in “St. James” curated by Bianca Stoppani (2016), Academy Awards, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan (2015).

Diego Gualandris & Riccardo Sala, Caradrio, 2018. Installation view, courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualandris & Riccardo Sala, Caradrio, 2018. Installation view, courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualandris & Riccardo Sala, Caradrio, 2018. Installation view, courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Riccardo Sala, Zeta (2016) tempera and pastel on paper. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Riccardo Sala, Abitante del settimo piano (2017) tempera, acrylic plaster on board, Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Riccardo Sala, Spacca-secondi, (2017) tempera on canvas. Photo by Siliqoon. Courtesy: Tile project Space, Milan

Diego Gualandris, Limaccia (2017) tempera on canvas. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualandris, Nocino (2017) oil on canvas. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualabdris, Cervello al basilico (2017) oil on canvas. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Riccardo Sala, Buchino nero (2018) ceramic, graphite, pastel, iron. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Riccardo Sala, Buchino nero (2018) ceramic, graphite, pastel, iron. Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualandris, Silfo (2018). Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

Diego Gualandris, Silfo (2018). Courtesy Tile Project Space, photo by Siliqoon

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