Rinks and Targets
Mario ConsiglioSat 18 Feb 2006 - Sat 18 Mar 2006
"Risks and Targets" was the first time the work of Mario Consiglio had been shown in the UK. This cycle of works, begun in 2005, completed a further step in the direction of artificial synthetic painting, as well as the development of his work with animation videos. On these he worked together with the video designer Cristiano Cesolari and the DJ Claudio Coccoluto.
"Risks and Targets" was the first time the work of Mario Consiglio had been shown in the UK. This cycle of works, begun in 2005, completed a further step in the direction of artificial synthetic painting, as well as the development of his work with animation videos. On these he worked together with the video designer Cristiano Cesolari and the DJ Claudio Coccoluto.

Light-reflecting plastic materials and lycra are honed with technological laser cuts and superimposed on old fashioned carpentry. The result is a surprising sequence of picture-objects, the primary fascination of which resides in their perfect equilibrium, in the surgical precision of their very architecture. On the other hand it is an increasingly cold and indirect manner of painting, more than anything a reflection of the painting today. If at an iconographical level his target works recall the similarly named objects of Jasper Johns, realised at the end of the 1950s and so at the dawn of Pop art, and cite Frank Stella"s colour field before arriving at the recent neo-optical solutions of Ugo Rondione, it is all above in the discovery and consequent use of materials that Consiglio convinces us fully.

Turning his back upon himself is an objective key, he theoretically adopts the lesson of the Neo Geo, and in particular that of Peter Halley, in demonstrating the impossibility of a manner of painting which is abstract as such but which must find its raison d"être in the real or even in the social.