PIER PAOLO CALZOLARI

WHEN THE DREAMER DIES, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DREAM? WITH PACE GALLERY

509 West 24th Street

April 28 – June 2, 2012

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Paesaggi orientali), 1979

Lead, iron, paper, burnt paper, paraffin

79 x 55 3/8 x 5 inches, 201 x 140.5 x 12.5 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 1988

Burnt salt, refrigeration unit, refrigerator motor, lead

153 1.2 x 172 x 22 7/8 inches, 390 x 437 x 58 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

When a dreamer dies what happens to his dream, 1982

Salt and lead

18 x 68 7/8 x 1 1/5 inches, 46 x 175 x 3 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Baignoire (Dialogue entre l'eau e et l'oeuf), 1996

lead-covered tub, lead, pink screen-printing ink, egg, cotton thread, speaker, copper, iron, closed-loop pump, CD player, amplifier

42 x 101 1/2 x 78 inches, 107 x 258 x 198 cm circa

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 2008

Burnt felt, dyes, leather, iron, metal structure

137 7/8 x 111 x 40 1/8 inches, 350 x 282 x 102 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Mattress: "Senz'altri rumori che i miei", 1971

Flannel mattress, refrigeration unit, blue neon tubes, transformer, refrigerator motor, lead

94 1/2 x 126 x 15 3/4, inches 240 x 320 x 40 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Colibri, 2002

video projector, computer, wireless system, optical sensor, batteries

Edition of 3

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Tall fish tank), 1978-1980

Lead, Koi carp, aquarium, pump, filter housing, blue and pink fluorescent tubes, transformers

148 3/8 x 66 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches, 377 x 169 x 52 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

When a dreamer dies what happens to his dream, 1982

Salt and lead

18 x 68 7/8 x 1 1/5 inches, 46 x 175 x 3 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Door), 2004

lead, wood, cuddly toy, electric motor

115 3/8 x 43 1/3 x 5 1/2 inches, 293.2 x 110 x 14 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 1992

Salt, lead, iron elements

88 1/5 x 95 1/4 x 2 inches, 224 x 242 x 5 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Lasciare il posto), 1967-1970

Copper table, frozen structure, egg , candle, feather, refrigerator motor, lead sheet

23 4/5 x 116 1/2 x 37 inches, 60.5 x 296 x 94 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Quando il sognatore muore che ne è del sogno, 1976

Salt and lead

17 1/2 x 72 x .8 inches, 44.5 x 183 x 2cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Work in progress from a 1970s project), 1988 - 2012

wax, neon, transformer, felt, lead, teapot

variable

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 1989

burnt wood, salt and lead

125 1/2 x 177 1/5 x 3 1/5 inches, 319 x 450 x 8 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Black Wood), 1988

Pieces of burnt wood (cedar, oak, beech, nut)

90 1/2 x 165 1/3 inches, 230 x 420 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Column), 1989

Lead, freezing structure, motor

Column: 182 2/3 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches, 464 x 26 x 26 cm

Overall: 182 2/3 x 49 1/5 x 49 1/5 inches, 464 x 125 x 125 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Moss (diptych), 1979-1991

Lead, dry moss, stabilized moss

Each: 78 3/4 x 37 4/5 x 4 3/4 inches, 200 x 96 x 12 cm

Overall: 78 3/4 x 81 x 4 3/4 inches, 200 x 206 x 12 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Donna Colonna, 2001

White soutane, iron structure, egg, model

Dimensions variable

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Diptych), 1987

Salt and lead

Left: 37 2/3 x 35 2/5 inches, 95.5 x 90 cm; Right: 37 2/5 x 35 2/5 inches, 95 x 90 cm;

Overall: 37 2/3 x 99 2/3 x 1 1/5 inches, 95.5 x 253 x 3 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 1971

Blue fluorescent tubes, glass, oil lamps, transformer

circa 128 x 200 4/5 x 4 1/8 inches, 325 x 510 x 10.5 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled, 1986

Salt, burnt wood, lead

69 1/2 x 97 1/2 x 3 inches, 176.5 x 248 x 8 cm

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Tiara C, 2006

Milk tempera, iron, tin, oysters, fabric, electric motor

137 4/5 x 35 2/5 x 19 4/5 inches, 350 x 90 x 50.5 cm

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

When the Dreamer Dies, What Happens to the Dream? (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

Marianne Boesky Gallery and The Pace Gallery are pleased to present When the dreamer dies, what happens to the dream?, an historic exhibition of the work of Pier Paolo Calzolari. For this unique collaborative presentation, the two galleries’ spaces on 24th and 25th Street, respectively, will be temporarily conjoined to form one large space where Calzolari’s work can be presented in depth. A member of the Arte Povera group, his 1969 text “La casa ideale,” and its realization through a series of works, is considered one of the seminal statements of the movement. Rapidly evolving beyond the confines of a defined movement, over the subsequent decades Calzolari continued to experiment, exploring his ongoing interest in light, matter and time. A major exhibition of his work was held at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna at Ca’ Pesaro, Venice during the 2011 Biennale. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since 1988 and will focus primarily on work created in the last 25 years.
Though Calzolari calls himself a sculptor, he could also be called an alchemist, a poet, and a philosopher. But the artist may best be described as an activator—an activator of materials, senses and environments who seeks to “contaminate” art with life. His toolbox is elemental and frequently organic, including frost, fire, water, salt, lead, copper, neon, tobacco, moss, burnt wood, feathers, wax, butter, and plant leaves. In his installations, Calzolari transmutes these materials, oftentimes fixing them in ephemeral states, suspending matter in a transfiguration that envelops and inundates the viewers’ senses. Performance is also an integral aspect of Calzolari’s practice; he created happenings as early as 1966, drawing viewers into his artwork as performers in what he termed “an activation of space.”
The position of the artist is an implicit theme in Calzolari’s work as he examines the ideas of experience versus expression, with experience defined both autobiographically and through viewer perception. For Calzolari, the perfect white—the very “essence” of white—cannot be recreated as pigment. Rather, it exists only in nature in the form of frost. This realization arose from his youthful observation of light reflecting off white marble in Venice and led to his continued fascination with frost and its ability to regenerate. An investigation of and display of time passing recurs in his installations, often via the incorporation of melting or freezing elements. Through the means of technology—a refrigerator motor—Calzolari is able to suspend this fragile state, creating works that emit a familiar low hum, infusing the air with the crisp smell of snow and a perceived chill. There is a palpable impulse for the viewer to touch the work, to verify that it is indeed ice. Calzolari’s preoccupation with light extends to works involving albino animals, including a white koi swimming in a large tank, at once representing grace and anomaly. Suffused with collective history and individual memory, the hermetic and the vulgate, rumblings and poetry, songs and silence, signs and gestures, the organic and the inorganic, Calzolari’s works breathe, yet are suspended as still life, transfixed in an infinite dialogue of man “with matter, with objects, with animals.”
A catalogue published by Abrams with texts by Germano Celant, Massimiliano Gioni, and the artist will accompany the exhibition.
Pier Paolo Calzolari is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery. This exhibition is a collaborative project between Marianne Boesky Gallery and The Pace Gallery.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 509 West 24th Street. The Pace Gallery is located at 510 West 25th Street. Access to the entire show is available via either gallery entrance. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Serra Pradhan at 212.680.9889 or serra@marianneboeskygallery.com or Sarah Goulet and Jennifer Joy in The Pace Gallery press office at 212.421.8987 or sgoulet@thepacegallery.com / jjoy@thepacegallery.com .
Pier Paolo Calzolari. “A Conversation.” By Massimiliano Gioni. Exhibition catalogue, Pier Paolo Calzolari. Venice, Ca’ Pesaro, Italy: Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, June 4 – October 30, 2011.