Mary Reid Kelley e Patrick Kelley allo Studio Voltaire

Mary Reid Kelley e Patrick Kelley allo Studio Voltaire
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American artist Mary Reid Kelley and her husband Patrick come to the Studio Voltaire with Rand/Goop. The multimedia show is inspired by Ayn Rand - that last Russian-American writer and philosopher beloved by conservative Americans and the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley - and by Goop, the website founded by Gwyneth Paltrow dedicated to well-being. The black walls with the ceiling and floor lined with white profiles surround the six totemic video-sculptures, created with a sequence of greys, which make up the centre of the exhibition in its stylised set, characterised by a disorienting trompe l'oeil. Accentuating the humour is the juxtaposition of the authoritative Rand’s affirmations on the free market and the beauty advice offered by Goop. The artists - known for their creative cinematographic installations - use props painted in black and white and cartoon costumes, as well as scripts often written in rhyme with word play and erudite references to mythology and classical literature. Parody, an essential part of their work, is an instrument to explore taboos and social hypocrisy. With Rand/Goop, the duo were inspired by Jonathan Swift and Victorian poets like Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. This exhibition is the last event before Studio Voltaire closes its doors to visitors until autumn 2020.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London