Extra Dry #04

Giovanni Giaretta

Extra DRY is a project of collaboration between Peep-Hole and DRY Cocktails & Pizza at Via Solferino 33 in Milan. The initiative comes from a shared desire to take art out of its usual places and experiment with its possible insertion in different contexts. For the fourth appointment of Extra DRY, Giovanni Giaretta presents the videos Untitled (Portrait study) (2012), Dans la Baleine (2011), and From the pupil of my eyes to the circle of the sun (2014).

The invitation on the part of the founders of DRY, who are also art lovers, to imagine a project that brings art into their venue, offers an opportunity for Peep-Hole to experiment with new ways of connecting with a wider audience, putting them in touch with contemporary artistic research. The high quality, contemporary spirit and accessibility that are DRY’s strong points become the guidelines for Extra DRY, a program of video screenings focusing on the younger generations of Italian art. Starting in October, videos will be shown by Diego Marcon, Cleo Fariselli, Riccardo Giacconi, Giovanni Giaretta, Alice Ronchi and Francesco Joao Scavarda, each with a two-month solo stay in the venue.

During this period the spaces of DRY will host three videos, installed in different rooms, on view during regular opening hours. The artists’ projects are “mimetically” inserted in the convivial spaces of DRY, suggesting a different situation of viewing and a continuous flow of images that produce a transformation of perception, drawing attention to the work. DRY thus becomes a showcase for the most interesting artistic experimentation of the latest generations, and an opportunity for a wider public to get acquainted with the work of these young artists.

Giovanni Giaretta (Padova, 1983. Lives and works in Amsterdam)
The artistic output of Giovanni Giaretta narrates the ordinary in an unexpected way, telling of a world made of minor gestures and situations that offer the revelation of an unexpected reality, another dimension. The artist demonstrates his interest in an anthropology of everyday life, at times pursuing hypothetical scientific principles to make a more filmic perception of the real become clearly visible. Giaretta showed his work in Studioshow, final residence exhibition, curated by Maria Alicata, Macro, Rome, 2012 and in many group shows in Italy and abroad. Among the most recents we can mention: 5×5 Castellò. Premi International d’art contemprani Disputaciò de Castellò, Castellò, Spain; T-A-X-I, Almanac Project, London;  La plupart du temps, curated by Martial Deflacieux, La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2013; Opera 2011. Lunar Park. Artists from the Atelier, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, 2012; Livret III, curated by Irmavep Club, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam; To see an object, to see the light, curated by Ginny Kollak, Padraic E. Moore, Pavel S. Pys, Palazzo Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, 2011.

Giovanni Giaretta
Untitled (Portrait study)

Giovanni Giaretta
Dans la Baleine

Giovanni Giaretta
From the pupil of my eyes to the circle of the sun