Olivo Barbieri mostra il progetto site specific_London 12
Ronchini Gallery, London, is proud to present an exhibition of works by artist Olivo Barbieri from 30 November 2012 to 10 January 2013. Barbieri will unveil his first series of aerial photographs of London, as part of the latest chapter in his site specific_ series. The Italian artist has become known for his iconic take on urban spaces, photographing cities from the vantage point of a helicopter.
Barbieri first developed an interest in photography in the early 1970s, focusing on artificial illumination in both European and Asian cities
In site specific_, Barbieri reinterprets urban spaces as we have never seen them before, distancing us from the human noise and hustle and bustle, and depicting them as miniature project renderings. For Barbieri, it is the shape of the contemporary metropolis, or the urban identity, which interests him, rather than a literal transcription of a city. “I began to use the helicopter to move away from the sound of the words, to see the city from a great distance, far away from the voices, as I want to understand the urban form,” explains Barbieri.
Whether reworking masterpieces from the Uffizi Gallery, capturing the majestic grandeur of the world’s great waterfalls, or reinterpreting towns and cities from above in site specific_ (which also includes film, in addition to photography), Barbieri showcases both natural and manmade landscapes through his own unique viewpoint. “I always wonder if our perception methods are actually suitable to interpret reality,” says Barbieri. “Photography is immaterial, and yet it can be as strong as a philosophical statement.”
About the artist
Born in 1954 in Carpi, Modena, Olivo Barbieri attended the Faculty of Pedagogy and the DAMS at the University of Bologna before turning his attention to photography in 1971. Originally focusing on artificial illumination in European and Oriental Cities, by the 1990s, he had developed a special technique that allows him to shrink vast urban landscapes into miniaturised model-like imagery. Showcased in his ongoing site specific_ series, he has captured cities such as Rome, Amman, Las Vegas and Shanghai, among others. Barbieri’s works can be found in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the Canadian Centre for architecture, Montréal, Sevile’s Centro Andaluz de arte Contemporáneo and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has exhibited at MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for both his photography and film work.
About Ronchini Gallery
Ronchini Gallery is a contemporary art gallery founded by Lorenzo Ronchini in 1992, in Umbria, Italy, which expanded in February 2012 with a space in Mayfair, London. Its exhibitions have explored pioneering movements within Italy; the gallery aesthetic is defined by Minimalism, Spatialism, Conceptualism and Arte Povera and it retains an unblinking future-focus on progressive movements. Ronchini Gallery evolved from 20 years of private collecting. Paterfamilias Adriano Ronchini was an early supporter of artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Joseph Kosuth, Frank Stella and Michelangelo Pistoletto and collected their work throughout the seventies. Subscribing to the highest standards of curatorship and scholarship, the gallery provides a rigorous context in which its artists can be viewed. Ronchini Gallery also maintains a successful publishing arm which produces exhibition catalogues, monographs, critical texts and artist’s books.