Spazio Visivo | Beyond Sight, Paolo Cavinato & Stefano Trevisi, Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street, London W1, until 30th September 2015
One can certainly see elements of Paolo Cavinato’s earlier career as a stage designer in the composition of the sculptures and installations throughout the gallery and when combined with the sonic compositions of Stefano Trevisi you have a special experience. It certainly explains why their collaboration as Spazio Visivo deserves this, their first solo exhibition in the UK and even more so presages an exciting future for them.
Soundscapes, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC 2, until 6th September 2015
This exhibition which mixes six painting from the Gallery’s collections with contemporary musicians and sound artists is an exhibition which will produce ambivalent responses. Each of the six rooms is soundproofed and the concept is to hear the picture reflected in the sound and the sound reflected in the picture. I found to my surprise that I liked it. However with one caveat; in some of the rooms the very dark background contrasted against the strong focus of light on the painting means that if, like me, you wear light-reflective lenses then when you turn from the picture you may find that you cannot see where you are. In fact I twice had to ask an attendant to steer me in the right direction.
The artists and the paintings they chose are:
Nico Muhly – The Wilton Diptych, English or French (?) about 1395-9
Susan Philipsz –The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533
Gabriel Yared – Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Paul Cézanne, about 1894-1905
Jamie xx – Coastal Scene, Théo van Rysselberghe, about 1892
Chris Watson – Lake Keitele, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 1905
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – St Jerome in his Study, Antonello da Messina, about 1475