My childhood is getting older24 Jan 2014 - 23 Feb 2014, Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna (Italy)
The area dedicated to science and the arts in the Palazzo Poggi museum prompted the Blue and Joy duo (Fabio Le Fauci and Daniele Sigalot) to readapt and harmonize both their works and materials.
The works exhibited are their Paper Planes, Aereoplanini, made of painted aluminum which, in their explicit homage to Boetti, in a formation similar to a flock trace the act of crumpling a sheet of paper or a simple origami: testimony and rediscovery of an ironic childhood game played to struggle against classroom boredom.
In this venue, the Paper Planes take on a new formation as the Aereoplanini do not rotate on a wall or sail through space; rather the installation is here interpreted as a large and impressive landing on a real small mountain of earth.
Blue and Joy’s main research has always focused on the study and experimentation of materials. In addition to aluminum always used as paper, the artists employ other innovative materials to create their ever-Byzantine mosaics. Among them, the allegorical and allusive “pills” which have become Blue and Joy’s signature style.
On display, an invasion of delicate, emptied, painted pharmaceutical capsules. Rather than simply exhibiting, Blue and Joy aim to impose their stubborn “childhood” in the form of a large installation work sprawling across the floor where the colored pills adapt to the ground in a 1:1 scale. A perfect carpet which at the same time decrees that the path is impracticable. A pantone kaleidoscope on a floor that we can no longer walk on, but that nourishes that sense of wonder belonging to our childhood.
The video portraying Blue and Joy’s splendid performance in the Church of San Matteo in Lucca completes the exchange between the artists and the museum of Palazzo Poggi. Thanks to the interaction between a ray of sunshine and three rose windows made of broken mirrors then placed on the floor of the ancient deconsecrated church, the stunning reflections of the artwork christened “The angle of God”, gracefully adorn the apse, in a way consecrating the church once again for a day.
By Chiara Guidi