For over fifteen years Gennaro DePasquale has been active on the artistic scene with a body of work comprised of installations, paintings, drawings, videos, photographs, audio works and new media projects. For Panorama the artist assembled short video fragments that are the result of a clever image détournement. For this project DePasquale selected and recuperated numerous films and excerpts-freely available online-which he downloaded and then literally mutated into a striking work of visual reconstruction and narrative deconstruction. The montage of these images-whose low resolution quality is not just assumed, but deliberate-is in fact closer to a collage at the crossroads of many genres. Besides the artist's painterly gaze one also gets a sense of his marked interest in questions related to the moving image and the means of playing with its representational possibilities. This image is present and stretched out in its videographic time as it takes shape and is recreated. These undeniably experimental videos are not intended to be taken in all at once, instead they captivate and construct their aesthetic meaning in accumulation, in the image's flux and its signal distortion, in the interrupted silences and sound scratches, in this journey across film genres without any visible linearity but which nevertheless remains masterfully constructed. More than just a simple collage work, these narrative modulations, as they are called by DePasquale “evolve by escaping classical narrative logic and structures” and, rather than operating on a conventional field manifest themselves more as a distortion of visual and film language.
- Gennaro De Pasquale
AUGUST 28 TO OCTOBER 4, 2008