For the third appointment with Present Future we show artists from Parafin-London, Galerija Gregor Podnar-Berlin and Galleria Raucci/Santamaria from-Napoli.
Katie Paterson, presented by Parafin
The Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s (b. 1981) artistic practice is multi-disciplinary and conceptually driven, with emphasis on nature, ecology, geology and cosmology. Her conceptual projects make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and the natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos. Eliciting feelings of humility, wonder and melancholy akin to the experience of the Romantic sublime, Paterson’s work is at once understated in gesture and yet monumental in scope. Katie Patersons presents, two different works in Torino, Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky, 2012 a large Campo del Cielo meteorite, which has been travelling through space and time for over four and a half billion years, has been cast, melted, and then re-cast back into a new version of itself, retaining its original form. A newly formed yet still ancient meteorite, still imbued with its cosmic history. The iron, small rocks, metal and dust inside becomes reformed, and the layers of its cosmic lifespan – the warping of space and time, the billions of years of pressure and change, formation and erosion – become collapsed, transformed and renewed. Timepieces (Solar System), 2014, a series of nine clocks that tell the time on all the planets in our solar system, including Earth’s Moon. The durations of the day range from planet to planet, from the shortest on Jupiter to the longest on Mercury. Each clock is calibrated to tell the time in relation to the other planets and to the time on Earth.