Ausstellung: 01.09.2022 - 08.10.2022
Künstler: Antti Pussinen and Joonas Toivonen
Veranstalter & Ort:
Galerie Luisa Catucci Gallery
« We have art in order not to die of the truth »
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche put the notions of truth, reality, and art on the same plane: everything is intertwined, reality is not the truth, and materiality is not absolute. But what is to be understood? Art questions the reality itself, it is not about materiality but about its conceptual essence. Art is dematerialization, it started with conceptual art, it continued with generative art and the emergence of computers.
You may have noticed this growing notion of NFT which is the product of the merger between Art World and Metaverse. It is a new model of owning an artwork, available on every material and digital support (including the metaverse) taking contemporary art to the next level. This theoretical background was necessary to understand the subject of the following exhibition.
In Luisa Catucci Gallery, two Finnish artists Artists Antti Pussinen and Joonas Toivonen display a dematerialized world in a very material space. The idea is to exhibit on a tv-tower limited edition of generative NFTs (200-500 ca.) at the center of the gallery. Were hanged on the walls a selection of printed NFTs in order to conciliate the eye of the visitor with this new world.
The artists present a few already created versions of their works but most of their pieces are not created yet. They are generative artworks. It is another form of dematerializing and conceptual practice that the two Finnish artists play with. The rest of the NFTs will be created and coded with the transaction data of the payment and generated by a computer program built by the artists. So basically it means that you can only have a final product when the sale is done (with cryptocurrencies) and you can discover only at that point what it looks like. But don’t worry, if you are not that fearless, you can also buy already created NFTs from the same limited edition.
The color and geometric contrasts of the generative artworks are under the power of the artist to a certain point. In fact, chaos is an important component in the generative process and has an impact on the aesthetic side. Visual reflexes are triggered, these artworks remind us of the works of algorithmic abstraction pioneers such as Vera Molnar who understood the endless possibilities of computers. For Antti Pussinen, despite what you may think, it is still about painting. Visually, it is like an artistic overcoming; the artists managed to create new artistic forms without breaking with Art History. Obviously, these geometric floating forms are not unknown, they have something in common with Malevitch’s suprematism and Kandinsky’s expressionism combined. In the end, conceptual art, process art, and web art are intertwined in a symbiotic and digital form.