Studio Nucleo presented a solo show that tests the physical and perceptual limits of metals, epoxy resins, majolica, and construction materials, embedded with repurposed items and antique pieces of furniture.
The title ‘the law of past experience’ is a reference to one of the best-known principles of gestalt (das gesetz der erfahrung, ‘the law of experience’), applied three-dimensionally at an algebraic level, an operation that determines the appearance of time delays, projected onto sections of surfaces and diametrically-opposed materials.
The law of past experience asserts that when faced with a multiplicity of elements in the field of view, the gaze selects and shapes a very precise interpretation of reality on the basis of its own working mechanisms. This rule defines how, all other things being equal, the elements of the field of view, which give rise to a familiar or meaningful figure, lead, at an unconscious level, to form a separate entity, creating a representation beyond the realm of reality. Based on this theory, Studio Nucleo divides up the perceptual field, which also occurs according to the memory pathways of each individual past, in order to encourage the imagined completion of objects which remain familiar.
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After having selected some of the furnishings that formed the interior of the 1940’s apartment, the Turin collective shows and hides time delays in solid form. About fifty works of different size were exhibited on the ground and basement floors of FuturDome.
In between the root-wood furniture worn thin like high relief, neutralized antique dishes, old postcards embossed with sculptural polygons, kaleidoscopic rear-view mirrors, and de-signified votive masks. Each element of ‘the law of past experience’ is transformed through variables that can only assume values of either true or false, present or past, shape or abstraction – truth values that make the logic of the disappearance of things the result of sculptural operations of coupling, and of temporal uncoupling.
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