Solid Air
Hiva Alizadeh, Untitled (curly brackets), 2021. Courtesy the artist.


The Flat - Massimo Carasi
Via Paolo Frisi, 3, 20129 Milano MI


06 Oct 2022 - 12 Nov 2022



Solid Air

Yesterday as today, the evocative squaring of circle is striking, summarized with the juxtaposition of two opposing concepts: the ethereal and the solid. A similar amalgam can be found today in the work of four artists Hiva Alizadeh, Michael Bevilacqua, Mirko Canesi and Jaime Poblete who participate in the exhibition and through their works render a dimension of mystery, sacredness, social fragility and sometimes an impending threat. The short circuit triggered produces palpable tension in the air, restlessness and anticipation of an event.

The walls are lined with fluttering works made of very thin multicolored synthetic hair, imposing paintings depicting looming sentries, hints of agglomerations of fake rocks and mystical drapes soiled with ash.

It is a strange environment, where opposing forces collide: the anthropocene denounced by Mirko Canesi, through his fragments of contemporary “grottos”, coexists with the meditative and shamanic folds of Jaime Poblete’s canvases but his recovery of pre-Columbian traditions clashes and compares with the contemporary distortion of the Persian carpets dematerialized.
The only Presences, evanescent but spectral, are the 3 figures painted by Michael Bevilacqua, mysterious humanoids that emerge from a patterned vegetation. A fourth painting with a figure in the show tends to abstraction. It has the appearance of some flat, two-dimensional alien form crushed by Solid Air.