Galleria Patricia Armocida is happy to announce the opening of Always and Never, the first solo exhibition in Italy by AriMarcopoulos (Amsterdam 1957), on March 4th at 6:30PM.
For this occasion, Ari Marcopoulos, who is considered an important and respected modern American photographer, will present medium and large format works, including seven never-before-seen photographs and the video Dressage, which was recently shown at MC Kunst in Los Angeles.
Marcopoulos’ work is often talked about in the context of his engagement with subcultures (skateboarding, art, music). Now, nondescript skies and unpopulated landscapes counter the action of extreme sports, the stage, or the street, for which he is most known. The desire to surpass the limits of that which is known, propels these works. In Sho Ka Wah, a young boy spreads his winged arms, ready to take flight- a symbolic representation of Icarus, a metaphor the artist pushes as far as he can. Sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but never worrying about the fall. The wounds in Marcopoulos’ photos are often the upshot of experience, of pushing things too far, on a skateboard or bike. In Angel II, perhaps the bruises are the aftermath of a severed wing. The denial of limits in order to reach an authentic and real understanding of the world beyond appearances. Andy Warhol, as the artist’s father figure, takes on mythological proportions. Warhol’s shadow; Plato’s cave. Contemporary artists, who dare to fly in the personality cult of modern society, work under this very shadow.
In her text for the 2006 Flow exhibition catalog, curator Kate Fowle states: “For every photograph that has been presented, there are hundreds more that Ari has not yet found the right moment to introduce. Timing is not just in relation to taking the shot, but also to its public exposure.” The never-before-exhibited 1986 portrait of Andy Warhol will make its debut here in Milan.
Ari Marcopoulos is a photographer and filmmaker born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He moved to New York in 1979 and now resides in Northern California.
His work has been exhibited in the 2002 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kunsthalle, Bern, The Photographer’s Gallery in London, Porto Mercosul Biennial, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, and PS1/MOMA in New York, Kunsthaus Zurich. His films include “Larry Wright” featured in P.O.V, The American Documentary, and “Key to the Riddle” screened at Museum of Modern Art, NYC in their New Documentaries series. Currently he is working on a documentary about his friend, the snowboarder Craig Kelly. A new book “The Chance Is Higher” published by Dashwood books was released in February 2008.