Our distance became water
A reflection on climate change and social distancing through paintings and sculptural installations made with recycled materials embellished with gold leaf and Murano glass
Oak wood discarded after the making of a forcola (the typical support of Venetian rowing boats), maps of islands about to be submerged, pieces of recovered Murano glass are the materials that the artist Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos has chosen in order to tackle such delicate and current issues, as climate change and the social distance caused by the pandemic.
The series of paintings and sculptural installations were created by the artist between Venice and London. The surfaces are painted with colours that recall water reflections and then embellished with gold leaf.
The title of the exhibition recalls the sense of emptiness and distance that separated us during the pandemic, which in Venice became filled by water. This thus becomes a means of union and dialogue and once again recalls the primary element that characterises the Venetian capital and on which the effects of climate change have an even greater impact.
In the paintings, a way out is proposed by the staircases, meant to be a sign of contained optimism for the future.
A catalogue is available with critical texts by Dr Lucy Reynolds and David West, and a short story by the artist.
Bio Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is a visual and performance artist, theoretical academic and fiction author, living between London and Venice and teaching at The University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art. His work was presented at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art 2019, the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, the Metaverse Virtual Biennale 2021, the Tate Modern, the MAAT in Lisbon, the Inhotim Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Brazil, the Arebyte Gallery in London and Danielle Arnaud Gallery, amongst others.
For all visitors to the exhibition: a special discount is reserved for a stay at Ca' Pisani Hotel by entering the code "WATER" in the Coupon section.
OUR DISTANCE BECAME WATER
May 28th 2022 - July 10th 2022
Every day from 10am to 7pm
Free admission, in compliance with the Covid regulations