Via Medardo Rosso
Mark Steinmetz and Guido Guidi
A dialectic interplay between two great authors who share a similar artistic sensibility. In the gallery, Mark Steinmetz’s “Summertime” meets Guido Guidi’s “cold season”, just as shades of black and white meet color, and the wall becomes the place for a dialogue between the two authors as each unrolls his own narrative scroll.
Guido Guidi exhibits January 2012, a selection of images shot around his home as sequences realized within a short period of time—a sort of visual diary in which the extraordinary simplicity of chance invites us to look carefully in search of the revealing, meaningful detail. A sign, the light, or even the mute sound of the winter landscape. In order to see one needs a pure and conscious eye and if a photograph is to be the perfect result of such a process, one also needs a sequence of images that inform a tale. The author reveals his own private world in which a portrait or a frozen tuft of grass become tiles in the same mosaic—important in itself and yet fundamental in defining the whole.
Mark Steinmetz exhibits a selection of images from Summertime, another editorial success and appendix of his American trilogy that has contributed so fully to his international fame. Summertime is a collection of images of teenagers taken between 1984 and 1991 in the US. Steinmetz photographs these images in different moments without a defined agenda, but instead captures the fascination of a certain atmosphere he encounters around his home or when he is away on a journey. In Steinmetz’s photographs we very clearly can feel the delicate, direct eye of the author that is filled with irony and affection. At the same time, the images seem to be suspended in a timeless dimension, much as a child experiences summertime.
This exhibition is curated by micamera/ Giulia Zorzi and Flavio Franzoni
Opening on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7pm – on view until March 30th
Mark Steinmetz will attend the opening reception and will teach the workshop ‘Photographs of civilization’ on February 15-17, 2013. More infos here
Guido Guidi (Cesena, Italy, 1941). In 1959 he enrolled at IUAV and then at the School of Advanced Studies in Industrial Design in Venice. He followed, among other courses, the ones offered by B. Zevi, C. Scarpa, L. Veronesi and I. Zannier. He started taking pictures in 1956 and continuously in 1966. Since 1989 he has taught Photography at Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna and he is part of the scientific commettee for the project “Linea di Confine” (Rubiera, RE). Since 2001 he has taught at the Design e Art faculty in Venice. He presented his work at the Guggenheim and Whitney museums in New York, at Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Venice Biennial and at Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. Among his latest publications: Fiume, Fantombooks, Milan, 2010; A New Map of Italy, Washington, DC: Loosestrife Editions 2011; Guido Guidi, Carlo Scarpa’s Tomba Brion, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011. He appears in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mark Steinmetz is a photographer who resides in Athens, Georgia (USA). He has six books published by the Nazraeli Press (Portland, OR) including South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, and most recently, Summertime. In 2013, Nazraeli will also publish Paris in my Time. Philip and Micheline, a book about his parents, was published by tbw books (Oakland, CA) in 2011 and in the same year two limited edition books were published by Silas Finch (New York), idyll (with Raymond Meeks) and pastoral. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others. He has taught photography at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, University of Hartford MFA program, and elsewhere. Steinmetz is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Mark Steinmetz’s gallery
Guido Guidi’s gallery