MUSEO ORTO BOATANICO, ROME (IT)
Dal 28.09.2019 - 30.10.2019
curated by Camilla Boemio
The installation gives an immersive state of consciousness into the tropical microclimate of the green house. Simeoni’s paintings are frequently suffused with the melancholic light of memory. The iconic subject of Ofelia diffuse a state of precariousness for the life. But as he explores and reinvents their details in paint, the space–as well as the things in them––come alive in new ways. Seen up close, the surfaces of the work are filled with countless instances of pinpoint illumination. This vivid intensification of life, carried forth through attention to color and paint handling, whose generous, accessible, and stylized renditions of reality heat their subjects up or cool them down depending on the desired effect.Simeoni provides a wholly contemporary take on Romantic landscape painting, synthesizing popular culturedramatic extremes of scale, and an almost naïve sense of wonder.
The site-specific installation moves a global oceans narrative stands from historical civilization connected by water, by extension, the western and oriental centric canon of oceans/water/sea, to reflected in the origin, acquisition and display of economy in relationship of economical acceleration, capitalism and climate change. An aesthetical critique of this canon accordingly calls for an analysis of all these facets. Where do we go from here? aims to review the past history in relationship of the present. It is also about developing future perspectives: How can society change course in the long term? How do we make the transition from wish to intention, and from intention to implementation?
SERRA DEGLI ATTREZZI
The ambitious and complex installation on view, large-scale dedicated to oceans uses geographical maps in dialogue with (golden) space blankets, provide evidence of significant advances in Simeoni’s technical approach to composition and color. They also showcase his unique ability to communicate emotional depth, humor, and an immersive sense of place. This work encompass all of the characteristic elements of his vocabulary: surprising perspectival shifts, collage-like disjunctions, dense visual patterning, and gestures that occupy a porous terrain between figuration and abstraction.