Solo Show – Adam Chodzko
20 September — 10 November 2001
Galleria Franco Noero is proud to present its second one - man show devoted to British artist Adam Chodzko. His art suggests ways to look at ourselves. These propositions are created through an art which wonders where we might choose to look, what we could obstinately overlook and how we choose to describe what we see there. That is what happens, for example in ʻLimbo Landʼ, (2001), a video installation, which is presented for the first time in Europe and describes the transition between life and death through a sound recorder's struggle to imagine and create an appropriate soundtrack for this limbo state. ʻBetter Sceneryʼ, (2001), a photographic project created by Chodzko in Torino for this show, plays with the gap between the descriptions of two kinds of social space, that of a forest in Cumbria, England and that of an industrial environment, Italdesign – Giugiaro in Torino, through the siting of a billboard in each location. Each sign unsettles its site by describing a journey to the location of the other so that forest ramblers and car designers contemplate each other. Chodzkoʼs use of communication media extends beyond the walls of the gallery and takes the viewer to the bounds of awareness, placing ourselves at the centre of attention. We are particularly grateful to Italdesign – Giugiaro for its immediate interest in and support for the ʻBetter Scenery 2001ʼ project. Born in 1965, Adam Chodzko lives and works in London. His show in Torino is taking place simultaneously with solo exhibition at the Sandroni Rey Gallery in Venice, California. His work has previously appeared in a number of solo and group shows both in Britain and abroad. Among them ʻA Place for the Endʼ, 1999, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; ʻSomewhere near Vadaʼ, 2000, Project Art Space, Dublin, Ireland; ʻSleuthʼ, 1999, Barbican Art Centre, London; ʻArtificeʼ,2000, Deste Foundation, Athens; ʻNight on Earthʼ, 2001, Städtische Ausstellungshalle Am Hawerkamp, Münster. His next projects include the launch of a major new installation at the Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, a solo exhibition at Els Hanappe Underground, Athens in November and in January 2002 the launch of a new catalogue and an artist book.