12 August - 12 September 2006
Solo Exhibition by Filippo Sciascia
Gaya Fusion is proud to present the opening of ?Sophia 19:38?, a solo exhibition by Italian artist Filippo Sciascia. The show includes Video installation and will be a book launching of Filippo Sciascia from the latest three projects: ?For Your Consideration Only, Fall Rising and Sophia 19:38?. The opening will be on August 12th, 2006 at 7 pm and will held until September 12th 2006.
Over the past four years, Filippo Sciascia has been working with the perception of video as an allegorical medium. For Sciascia allegory is a matter of interpretation based on a set of images for which he attributes a fundamental symbolic meaning. The characters within his uncertain allegory are anthropomorphic manifestations of his own mind ? characters that constitute the personae within himself. These characters describe an internal state of being, a conflict in which there are questions being asked. These questions relate implicitly to how he (the artist) perceives the structure of his internal world. In this sense, Sciascia?s video allegory ? like most allegories ? suggests a feeling of absence. He exists in a dream. His reality takes on the feeling of a dream ? and this is how the allegory unfolds.
Sciascia?s roots are from Sicily. He moved to Bali several years ago where he now resides and works as an artist in self-imposed exile. In central Bali, he became involved with the Gaya gallery near the town of Ubud -- an area known for its cultural activity, namely traditional painting, dance-theatre, decorative arts, and music. Here he began to show his work and, eventually, started curating exhibitions of work by other artists. Even though his ?video painting project? is removed from traditional Balinese culture, the environment offered him the necessary breadth and distance whereby he could concentrate more fully on his work.
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Oil on Canvas
180 x 150 cm