Paolo Novelli, Study n. 19, 2012 / Courtesy of the artist
Paolo Novelli. The Day After Night
Jun 14 – Jul 21, 2024
Camera
Turin, Italy

Paolo Novelli‘s (Brescia, 1976) exhibition entitled Il giorno dopo la notte (“The Day After Night”) brings together in the same space two cycles of his work made between 2011 and 2018, which are central to the evolution of his language. Both are made in analog in strict black and white, with the printing process being of paramount importance. The only subjects of the two series are windows covered by closed or bricked-up shutters on the facades of buildings without particularly attractive architectural features. La notte non basta (“The night is not enough”) consists of a series of nocturnes in which the windows, or rather the shutters that block the view, emerge from the darkness in dialogue with the light of the street lamps. On the other hand, Il giorno non basta (“The Day is Not Enough”) focuses on the daylight that touches the geometric indentations of the bricked windows. They become almost abstract forms, minimal marks on the surface of the building. The title comes from the photographer’s reflection on expressions, which expands into a vision of life: “When things go wrong, at the end of the day someone encourages us with phrases like ‘sleep on it, let the night go by, and in the morning you’ll see…’. Then you wake up and nothing has changed. Sometimes all that is left is a strong desire to escape, which is almost never the case in the end. Hence the second part of the diptych “The Day is Not Enough” with the hypothetical subtitle ‘a fuggire’ (to escape)”. Novelli’s creations have long lead times that require equally long observation, as the images are made up of minimal variations, shifts of light and shadow, and nuances of tone. In this way, he explores the mystery of representing the world through images, aiming for a quiet yet evocative style reminiscent of the painter Giorgio Morandi.

Paolo Novelli began his career at the end of the 1990s. Since the 2000s, he has published several monographs, including Interiors on the occasion of his first exhibition at the Massimo Minini Gallery in 2011, a gallery where he also held his last exhibition in 2022. Also noteworthy is the 2019 Milan Triennale exhibition curated by Giovanni Martini, one of the authors who most supported and interpreted his work, along with Lanfranco Colombo, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle and Giovanni Gastel.

Paolo Novelli. The Day After Night
Jun 14 – Jul 21, 2024
Camera
Turin, Italy

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