Lavoro inutile (futile task)
The works on show display with biting sarcasm and melancholy two faces of the same coin: the dignity of strain and hard work considered an aseptic tool.
The path begins with a mosaic of classic inspiration made of floor spacers, son of an exhausting process that highlights the dichotomy between time and productivity. Needing a longer amount of time to complete a single task is seen as a disvalue. On the finished work the sentence “Lavoro inutile” (futile task) is displayed, self-denouncing with ironic resignation its nature.
In the second room, the impact of self-referential work creates a domino effect on the entire system.
“You are a fucking bodybuilder” is a barbell made of concrete and stone, impossible to lift. Bodybuilding is the epitome of the swagger and narcissistic effort lacking any functional or spiritual connotation. Its only goal is self celebration.
The work is strongly related to the “Panorama” series: natural landscapes made of tiles that, like giant pixels, make hard focusing the image they represent.
A nostalgic myopia that is both conceptual and optical, widened by the deep blue of the room floor.
📸Jonathan ends the route with “Pausa” (Break), a large-scale installation in the basement that closes the loop completely changing the registry, from a witty levity to a poetic intimism.
Freestanding shovels dominate the space. Exhausted and inert waiting for the humans to be back. “Pausa” is a request, a necessity and a hope.