11 May — 13 June 2000
The bomb is the theme of the Costa Vece exhibition at the Galleria Franco Noero. The bomb is viewed not merely as an object but, more importantly, in terms of what happens when it goes off, illustrated by standard shots of explosions and destruction as regularly seen over the TV and in the cinema.
The tent in gallery covers a space filled with bins labelled with petroleum company trademarks and little sequences looped showing Hollywood stills of explosions like plastic explosives and time bombs going off. As well with sound effects, all of which give the observer the feeling of a real bomb being there as ‘the game of really real or virtually real’ begins to takes hold. (Claudia Spinelli, Costa Vece in ‘La Biennale di Venezia. XLVIII Esposizione Internationale d’Arte. Dapertutto’ 1999).
The artist builds up an atmosphere which does not contain what we expect but instead an idea of it, based on transformed film images which is also the opposite of what the observer’s idea of the bomb actually is.
‘The dynamics at work here bring together two opposing notions: goods and ideas’ (Claudia Spinelli, Costa Vece, 1999). These notions continually emerge in the artist’s work, ‘linking up specific thought patterns as they connect to social processes’.
Costa Vece was born in Herisau, Switzerland in 1969. He lives and works in Zurich and Berlin. He has exhibited in a series of shows in Italy and abroad, including the 1999 Venice Biennale in the ‘Dapertutto’(Alloverall) section, Le Repubbliche dell’Arte at the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, a one-man show at Zurich’s Galerie Walcheturm in 1999, the ‘Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer’ show at the Zurich Kunsthaus in 1998, and the ‘Susse Augenblicke +Spiel mit mir’ show at the Basel Kunsthalle in 1998.
This is his first one-man show in Italy.