January Blues at Frutta

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Artists: Catherine Biocca, Gabriele De Santis, Lauren Gault, Ditte Gantriis, Neal Jones, Lindsay Lawson, Andrea Polichetti, Gizela Mickiewicz, Honza Zamojski

Exhibition title: January Blues

Venue: Frutta, Rome, Italy

Date: January 21 – March 5, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Frutta, Rome

“Blue pencils, blue noses, blue movies, laws, blue legs and stockings, the language of birds, bees, and flowers as sung by longshoremen, that lead-like look the skin has when affected by cold, contusion, sickness, fear; the rotten rum or gin they call blue ruin and the blue devils of its delirium; Russian cats and oysters, a withheld or imprisoned breath, the blue they say that dia- monds have, deep holes in the ocean and te blazers which English athletes earn that gentlemen may wear; afflictions of the spirit — dumps, mopes, Mondays — all that’s dismal — lowdown gloomy music, Nova Scotians, cy- anosis, hair rinse, bluing, bleach; the rare blue dahlia like that blue moon shrewd things happen only once in, or the call for trumps in whist (but who remembers whist or what the death of unplayed games is like?), and corre- spondingly the flag, Blue Peter, which is our signal for getting under way; a swift pitch, Confederate money, the shaded slopes of clouds and mountains, and so the constantly increasing absentness of Heaven (ins Blaue hinein, the Germans say), consequently the color of everything that’s empty: blue bottles, bank accounts, and compliments, for instance, or, when the sky’s turned turtle, the blue-green bleat of ocean (both the same), and, when in Hell, its neatly landscaped rows of concrete huts and gas-blue flames; social registers, examination booklets, blue bloods, balls, and bonnets, beards, coats, collars, chips, and cheese . . . the pedantic, indecent and censorious . . . watered twilight, sour sea: through a scrambling of accidents, blue has become their color, just as it’s stood for fidelity.”

Quote from William H. Gass – ‘On Being Blue’

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11. Andrea Polichetti_putting some make up on and staying home_2016

Andrea Polichetti, putting some make up on and staying home, 2016

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Lauren Gault, a few tolerances (qualia’s 1 and 2, thinking about Capuchin C.), 2016

13. AndreaPolichetti_watching tv, saving money_2016

Andrea Polichetti, watching tv, saving money, 2016

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Lindsay Lawson, Sad Lamp, 2016

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Lindsay Lawson, Sad Lamp, 2016

15. CatherineBiocca_OCEAN VIEW RELOADED_2015

Catherine Biocca, OCEAN VIEW RELOADED, 2015

16. AndreaPolichetti_stay out and freezing_2016

Andrea Polichetti, stay out and freezing, 2016

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Neal Jones, Plenty, 2012

18. GizelaMickiewicz_Total of all distractions_2015

Gizela Mickiewicz, Total of all distractions, 2015

19. HonzaZamojski_Concrete Conflict_2016

Honza Zamojski, Concrete Conflict, 2016

20. AndreaPolichetti_rehab for quitting smoking_2016

Andrea Polichetti, rehab for quitting smoking, 2016

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Ditte Gantriis, Vino Rosso, 2016

22. AndreaPolichetti_sad dad, no shopping, no toys_2016

Andrea Polichetti, sad dad, no shopping, no toys, 2016

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Gabriele De Santis, Il cielo in una stanza quando piove, 2016

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Gabriele De Santis, Il cielo in una stanza quando piove, 2016

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Andrea Polichetti, going angry, online banking, 2016