13 Nov The Pacifici’s travertine on display at MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
The Dutch artist Rachel de Joode has made his latest sculptures for the fourteenth edition of FOTOGRAFIA – International Festival of Rome, on display at MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, with the travertine of the Pacifici’s quarry.
Rachel de Joode explores the role and aesthetics of the gallery space in relation to the vast circulation of contemporary art online. Her work explores the rapport between the three-dimensional piece of art and its two-dimensional virtual counterpart, blending the techniques of photography and sculpture in a constant play of surfaces and materiality.
For Rachel de Joode, photography is the perfect tool for flattening reality and transforming its sculptures into surfaces, then sculptures once more and then surfaces again. The sculpted object is reconfigured through the two-dimensional lens only to return to the three-dimensional world. The initial photograph is manipulated, mixed with others and printed in order to continue its journey as a new photograph or sculpture. A long experimental process that brings digital images back to the galleries, where they discover a new physical space.
Organic materials, skin, stones and clay: nothing is what it seems. What remains are questions about the existence and perception of the image in the digital age.