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A L I C E   S H E P P A R D   F I D L E R

Opposition

Imagining The Fluidity Of Permanence
(an exchange between a 21st Century artist and a 17th Century building)

 Solo exhibit

by

Alice Sheppard Fidler

Imagining The Fluidity Of Permanence

(an exchange between a 21st Century artist and a 17th Century building)

 Curated by L. Mikelle Standbridge

 

Casa Regis - Center For Culture And Contemporary Art, Italy

April 18th - May 30, 2022 

 

In preparation for Alice Sheppard Fidler's solo exhibition at Casa Regis - Center For Culture And Contemporary Art, the artist will first be doing a month long residency. In part she will be producing site-specific installations that are generated from local and found materials connected to the building. In part she will be installing work that travels from one repurposed location to another in search of altered meanings and narratives inherent to new contexts.

 

A central theme throughout her work is architecture as a metaphor for an enduring presence, shifting under time and pressure. Not dissimilar to other buildings that Alice has worked in, Casa Regis was once a nobleman's house, then a nun's convent, then a place of abandonment and loss, and now an artist's venue.

 

Sliding into the area between disuse and reuse of a building, the artist highlights the human experience. Alice identifies a rigid thing, be it conceptual (a rule, a law, a social code, an idea) or be it physical (a structure, a hard surface, a wall) and then she starts working on the soft space that runs around and over the rigidity, like water over a stone. Her soft spaces are often materialized in the form of cloth or underscored by the movement and presence of the human body. She even collaborates with sound artists or improv dancers to explore the blockages or available openings in the space before concluding per pieces.

 

Permanent structures are "the pillars of society" and Alice's work depicts a thoughtful entanglement of obligation, expectation, conformity, struggle, and resistance.

 

However, these concepts are significant in so far as you first hear her ode to the materials. The bricks, the velvet, the sand, the galvanized steel buckets...the irony of surfaces and the uneasy placement of elements, that is how the work is expressing content.  We might even borrow a thought from Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation" where she warns that over intellectualization and interpretation is "at the expense of energy and sensual capability". The idea being to experience more immediately what is in front of us. A viewer must truly sense and feel the pressure, the humanness, the question mark in the work. The visceral reaction generates but simultaneously outweighs the concept and it is precisely this development and negation that renders the work profound.

 

L. Mikelle Standbridge

We are happy to invite you to the following dates:

Giornate F.A.I. Primavera 26/27 March

Artist's work-in-progress on view

Slow art Day April 2

An afteroon moderated by Erika Lacava, where a limited number of guests enter into an in-depth dialogue with the artwork and the artist over tea in the garden.

 

APRIL 17 (3-6 PM)

OPENING RECEPTION/VERNISSAGE

Wine tasting with Lorenzo Rovero. Artist present. Please reserve.

 

APRIL 18 (3-6PM)

The opening of the exhibition. Please reserve.

Following dates by appointment. We are happy to try to accommodate all visitors. Groups on Saturday. Show closes on May 30.

 

All events require green pass until the law states otherwise.

 

Casa Regis looks forward to your presence!

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