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Installation (mt 3,30x1,60, on a structure in the shape of prisma of mt 4,00x3,00), based on his 2006
"Blindfolded Profile"(cm 80 x 80) - "Gagged Profile" (cm 80 x 80) - paintings on canvas
(Published on "Arte Contemporanea", number of November-December 2007 )


OPEN 13, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations
Venice Lido, 01 September - 03 October 2010

O. Pinarello will be at OPEN 13, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations at Venice Lido. The event will be held from 1 September to 3 October, at the same time as the 67th Venice International Film Festival and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, organised by Arte Communications (that is also in co-operation with Venice Biennale), in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Venice City Council, the exhibition is held under the patronage of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the Province of Venice and Venice City Council.This exhibition has also the appointment and the medal of the Italian Republic President.  For OPEN, the shown work of Ottavio Pinarello is a “remake” of his paintings "Blindfolded Profile" (cm 80 x 80) - "Gagged Profile" (cm 80 x 80) - 2006 - mixed media on canvas (still in possession of the author), from the cycle "blindfolded and gagged" that analyzes the problem of communication among two entities or among different faces of a same entity. Pinarello, with the symbolic use of the stylized profile of the human face inserted in scenes between informal and metaphysician, moves himself through the way of conceptual investigation. "In base to his own state of mind and intuition, Ottavio Pinarello instinctively feels what situations will be represented in completely pictorial way or through a mixing of painting and photo. In this second case the photographic image that will compose the work is realized by the artist to answer to one particular vision and feeling, the shot is intended therefore from Pinarello as representation of what we can’t see, but we can only feel" (G. Le Noci, in "Arte Contemporanea", Nov-Dec 2009). These artworks, still in possession of the author, were shown more times in Italy and abroad, in particular way at ArtePadova 2006, D’Ars Foundation Milano 2006, Atelier Gustave Montparnasse Paris 2006-07, ArteFiera Bologna 2007 (D’Ars Foudation – MIM), Spazio RIV.56 Padova 2007, Studio Barozzi Milano 2008 (Paolo Barozzi personal assistant and friend of Peggy Guggenheim), Galleria Nuovo Spazio Udine, Venezia-Meste 2009. Also was published on the review “Arte Contemporanea”, number of November-December 2007. But now these works are particularly meaningful because the image of the "Gagged Profile" has recently been used in Italy, without the authorization of the author and without the due declaration of paternity, as symbol of the protests "No Gag" against the Decree of the italian Government about the telephone interceptions, in consequence of this the unduly exploited image of the art work has been communicated for weeks on all the national most important means of information. Paradoxically the gag has been put to the author of the "Gagged Profile", sometimes the art is prophetic. But if others have wanted to violate and to exploit this work, conceptually the artist now takes back of it "possession", turning his 2006 diptych into this installation, through an operation of enlargement, fragmentation and recomposition. The installation is placed near Des Bains Hotel, just in the little square in front of the famous "Blue Moon".

The notes under Pinarello's installation for OPEN 13

For more info about the unduly use of the "Gagged Profile", there are some newspaper's articles,  on Exibart, Il Corriere della Sera - Corriere del Veneto (10/07/2010), Il Gazzettino (17/07/2010), Il Giornale (26/07/2010). After the international exhibition Open 13 in Venice, again articles on Il Gazzettino and on Il Giornale (either 03/09/2010).



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