curated by Collettivo Flock
Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Messina, IT.
Allegoria del giorno is the self-celebratory ritual that Alessandro Costanzo performs for the entire duration of the residence: on alternate days he works and rests, contrasting the contemporary need to chase time, failing the dynamics of a system based on the overproduction of images and concepts. The sections of “luminaria” that occupy the room had the specific weight of the water ingested by the artist in the days of rest, with the intention of declaring his stay in a place and in a time that is determined in the paradoxical flow between planning and unexpected. Allowing an object to tell the transformation of one's body, in fact, has a lot to do with randomness. If his research is characterized by meticulous attention to detail and the project starts from a specific drawing, its realization fails repeatedly and the “luminaria” becomes the fetish of a festive practice that Costanzo chooses as a pretext to celebrate his same day. Once the clay is fired, weighed and modeled in the days of activity, it has lost a part of that weight that the artist returns in the title at the moment of the exhibition, therefore of sharing with the public: each of the sculptures is titled with the missing weight, the one lost during firing, which transformed it from an artifact to an artistic object.