Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Lara Favaretto
Painlessly Consumed

23 September — 30 October 2010

Painlessly Consumed is the new project of Lara Favaretto for her third solo show at Galleria Franco Noero.

The show is inspired by the artist's extensive photographic archive, in particular by a series of travelogues and visual documentation about the wooden structures used in India for building construction.

A feeling of frailty and apparent randomness characterize these structures, contrasting with their structural function. The artist is attracted by these elements, which allow her to investigate the multiplicity of sides of the aesthetic experience, and confuse reality and appearance through trickery and the creation of doubt. A series of works realized with found Innocenti iron tubes is presented in the five floors of the gallery: these scaffoldings acquire a different function, and suggest a tridimensional dilation of the space, becoming ideal props to the apparent instability of the building.

The structures become essential marks that define new volumes and literally frame portions of the space. Some of the iron elements are covered, replaced, filled by wool threads. The pure colour of the threads mirrors the essentiality of the modular system of tubes and joints, resulting in a spatial scattering of a pictorial polychromy.

The scaffolding that cuts the space on the ground floor is opened in the middle to allow the viewer to see the wool threads that fill the cut tube sections. On the other floors, a series of coloured wool filaments replaces the portion of an iron element, while the sight of a painting is 'negated' by the threads that completely cover its surface. The coloured strands appear at the sides of a long structure and from a hole that reveals the inner content of the tubes, while the colour fills as well a thin cut on a wall. At the end of one room the scaffolding, whose elements are covered with black and blue wool, frames a portion of the wall that acquires a clear pictorial value. The last floor presents a suspended structure that clearly transmits a sense of frailty through the total negation of its original function.

In the Project Space of Piazza Santa Giulia 0/F, a 'forest' of Innocenti tubes takes over the space, mirroring the building techniques observed in India. These elements create a dense and tangled environment, where visual and spatial perception blurs, and functionality mingles with the ephemeral nature of the event.


Lara Favaretto (Treviso, 1973) lives and works in Turin. Selected solo and collective shows in national and international venues: 'Exhibition, Exhibition', Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, ‘Restless empathy’, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2010); ‘Barock’, Museo MADRE, Napoli, 'Absolutely No Donations', Tramway, Glasgow, 'Momentary Monument', Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento, 'Momentary Monument', GAMEC, Bergamo, ‘Making Worlds / Fare Mondi’, 53a Biennale di Venezia, ‘Provisions for the future’, 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2009); T2 “50 Lune di Saturno”, Triennale di Torino, ‘Revolution-Forms That Turn’, 16th Sydney Biennial, Sidney (2008); Frieze Art Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, ‘Oú? - Scènes du Sud’, Le Carré d’Art, Nîmes (2007); ‘The poor are mad’, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, ‘Une seconde une année’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006), ‘Ecstasy: Recent Experiments in Altered Perception’, MOCA, Los Angeles, Padiglione Venezia / Four works for the MAXXI, 51a Biennale di Venezia (2005).

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