On Friday, November 19th, T293 in Naples presents “Adunchi”, the second solo show by Alberto Tadiello. Starting from the observation of artificial and animal elements, the exhibition opens out with a collection of drawings and prints taken by the synoptic tables of an old ornithology dictionary and several metal sculptures which recall the shapes of beaks, ploughs, blades and rock scales. The project focuses on the different trajectories of birds’ free falling and swooping, activating a cogent dialectics between their own thrust and the ineluctable gravitational attraction.
The drawings appear almost like miniatures and are obtained through a stratification of tracings, flimsy or greaseproof paper, glues and cocoa butter. The portrayed figures, although diaphanous and transparent, allow the viewer to capture the restlessness of a telluric energy. The anatomic details in the prints acquire a particular vigour thanks to a reprinting and scanning procedure that includes mistakes and inaccuracies: cuts in the background, rips in the paper and strips of adhesive tape. The insistence and the repetition of the images make them become disturbed; the necks show extensions and compressions, the heads stretch to an inventory of hook-shaped beaks which are sharp and net like the representation of an evolutionary scheme. At the same time the bodies’ profile is slightly pressed and screwed between thick layers of Plexiglas, whilst the thoraxes lose shape in the folds of the pouncing paper. The absolute presence of the sculptures transmits a sense of fear into the spectator who is pointed at by them. The metal that composes them wedges itself in the space opening rents. The eye of the viewer becomes tactile, trapped and abducted, almost tortured by the complexity of the lines.