The show planned for Apalazzogallery was originally supposed to take place in 2020. The initial idea for “Strange Attractors” was based on an imaginary fiction in view of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in 1969: to assemble a collection of artworks to be sent into space, to communicate to whoever was out there: this is who we are, this is how human beings visually articulate thought. All art does this, of course. But not all art necessarily lends itself to that level of reverie: getting lost in thought, getting lost in space, in body and mind, floating, weightless, drifting but not adrift.
The exhibition curated by Bob Nickas inhabits the rooms with its collection of figurative sculpture, works with archaeological or timeless connotations. Through the layout, these works seem aware of each other as they are mirrored in the paintings, woodcuts and collages hanging on the walls, most of which include representations of human figures, heads and animals. They all suggest a mutual gravitational attraction, which the visitor can sense and thus become part of.
Artists involved: David Adamo, Yuji Agematsu, Barry X Ball, Huma Bhabha, Ryan Foerster, Jason Fox, Tillman Kaiser, Arnold J. Kemp, L, Servane Mary, Justin Matherly, John Miller, Christopher Myers, Nikholis Planck, Nicolas Roggy, Sally Ross, Kathleen Ryan, Davina Semo, TARWUK, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Frederick Weston.