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Press Release for “Slow Time and the Present”
Craigie Horsfield new exhibition Slow Time and the Present conceives of different ideas and perceptions of history as not being the thing of the past, separated from our experience, but as the expression of a profound present, a deep present which we together engender. The exhibition traces a complex array of notions of relation and conversation that recur in Horsfield’s work, of the negotiation and the understanding of the individual and the community, of “slow time” and of the present, and of the nature of consciousness and the material world.
For the exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel, Horsfield has created two large-scale works, using recently developed technology that transfers contemporary imagery into the historical medium of fresco and, on this occasion he has been working together with Andre Van Wassenhove for the preparation of data drawing from digital image material collected over a period of five years spent in Italy. The two new works Processione dei Gigli, Via Cocozza, Nola. June 2008 (2012) and At 99 Posse concert. Via Gianturco, Naples. February 2010 (2012), are the result of a collaboration with the artist Adam Lowe and his artists’ collective Factum Arte Madrid who are at the forefront of 3D facsimile production. These works are based on stills from films Horsfield made at “Festa dei Gigli” in Nola (Italy), and stills from a film made at a concert of the Italian group “99 Posse” in Naples.
The exhibition also includes three new tapestries conceived by Horsfield with his long time collaborators Marcos Luduena-Segre, and Roland and Christian Dekeukelaere at Flanders Tapestries in Belgium, The Arciconfraternity of Santa Monica, Chiesa SS. Annunziata. Sorrento, April 2010 (2012) and Above the Bay of Naples from Via Partenope, Naples, September 2008 (2012). The last tapestry, Broadway, 14th day, 18 minutes after dusk. New York, September 2001 (2012) has as its subject the site of Ground Zero shortly after September 11.