Tomorrow is the opening of Latitude Spanish artist David de la Mano‘s first solo show in Italy at Wunderkammern gallery in Rome.
According to the organisers, the exhibition proposes a reflection on the concept of ‘latitude’, not only from a geographical aspect, but also as a state of the body. The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze defines the body by establishing a cartography of it, in which latitude describes the body’s will to exist and he idea of “Affect” , a concept developed by Spinoza that doesn’t refer to the idea of a “personal feeling”, but rather to the ability “to affect and be affected”. The body is defined by movement, a variation of its ability to act. Latitude is read in degrees of power [or intensity]. In this way the traditional dualisms of Idea and Body are subsumed under the body itself, and expressed in both intensive and extensive states.
In David de la Mano’s artworks, latitude is not a specific point anymore, but rather an indeterminate point between origin and destination, an intermediate state between active action and passive enduring. The characters of his paintings, as if moved by a common fate, tell the observer stories about journeys and exploration, narratives of odysseys, exiles, crossings and collective migrations. The artist will present a new series of exclusive works for his exhibition at Wunderkammern. The artist will attend the opening.
Latitude opens tomorrow Wednesday, November 16 at WUNDERKAMMERN, located on via Ausonio 1A, Milan. The exhibition runs through January 21st.
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About the artist
David de la Mano (b. 1975, Salamanca, Spain) has become one of the most significant figures in the new wave of the Urban Art movement today. With a degree in Fine Art from the University of Salamanca and PhD studies in Public Art from the University of Valencia, de la Mano is a versatile artist who excels from drawing to sculpture. The artist has started his career in the early ‘90s creating Land Art projects, installations and sculptures in the public space, and since 2008 his attention has focused on mural paintings.
The artist experiments with different techniques among which acrylics, watercolours, ink and collage. Through a minimalist style, characterised by the monochromatic use of black, David de la Mano is able to create extremely poetic artworks, a symbolic reflection on humankind. The single anthropomorphic figures of the artist gather together and unite in an eternal and recurring movement; the individuals become the mass and vice versa, and they are driven by their dreams, ambitions, fears, vices, hopes, internal conflicts.
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