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Luca Maria Patella, Lu' capa tella, 1973. © Luca Maria Patella. B/W print on cotton paper, 23,5x28 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery1 / 5       Luca Maria Patella, Lu' capa tella, 1973. © Luca Maria Patella. B/W print on cotton paper, 23,5x28 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery.

Luca Maria Patella, Rosa dice A, 1966. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print, 20x24 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery2 / 5       Luca Maria Patella, Rosa dice A, 1966. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print, 20x24 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery.

Luca Maria Patella, Ma ami tu? Ut ima ames, 1973. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery3 / 5       Luca Maria Patella, Ma ami tu? Ut ima ames, 1973. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery.

Luca Maria Patella, Rosa facit saltus, 1966. © Luca Maria Patella. B/W print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery4 / 5       Luca Maria Patella, Rosa facit saltus, 1966. © Luca Maria Patella. B/W print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery.

Luca Maria Patella, Mare firmato, 1965. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery5 / 5       Luca Maria Patella, Mare firmato, 1965. © Luca Maria Patella. C-print on cotton paper, 28x23,5 cm. Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery.

Luca Maria Patella. selfEncyclopedia

The Laura Bulian Gallery presents selfEncyclopedia: Writing by Luca Maria Patella (Rome, 1934), a solo exhibition which marks his return to Milan after an absence of thirty years.
It is an ideal follow up on one of our previous group shows The Fourth Prose (2015); Patella's exhibition deals with the visual word and writing throughout his artistic development, from the sixties to today. selfEncyclopedia can be read as the opening chapter to what might be considered a reconnaissance, a progressive time-line of the work of one of the most interesting and elusive masters of Italian conceptual art.

The title of the exhibition refers both to the primary role played by words in Patella's work and his ironic claim to establish another complete cognitive system, spanning the whole range of knowledge, from art to science, starting out from his own psychoanalytic self-analysis. Thus selfEncyclopedia aims at being a sort of anthology of Patella's work, seen at this phase through writing. It is, moreover, a homage to another one of his mentors, the proto-psychoanalyst Denis Diderot, to whom he devoted a volume in 1984 entitled Jacques Le Fataliste come Autoencyclopédie, which will be reprinted for this Milanese exhibition by Archive Books and Laura Bulian Editions. «I belong to no one – wrote Diderot – and I belong to all: you were here before you entered and you will be here after you leave». And for Patella, this is just the subconscious. By resorting to psychoanalysis (from Jung to Lacan) and Duchamp's Infra-slim, what Patella intends to undermine are the structures of location and identification that we use to capture the world, things and ourselves. The aim of dismounting these structures is to open that which is possible, favouring matter which is always mobile, a flux which is never fixed in stereotypes or conventions but is rather ongoing, becoming.

In this exhibition, curated by Marco Scotini, word and sign enter Luca Maria Patella's different layouts (graphics, photography, film and performance), proliferating and disseminating both inside and outside formats, as puns and word plays; magical territories that crumble and reform incessantly, that disintegrate and recompose at different speeds, according to different states of focus. Each word breaks up into a multiplicity of syllables that shatter the semantic plane and recompose at a phonetic level or vice-versa. But they can also multiply or else overturn when reflected in mirrors, they contract into ideographic schemes or else spill over and circulate from one medium to another. The usual codes of interpretation and models of communication turn out to be inadequate or compromised, likewise for points of perception and the subject's behaviour.

Luca Maria Patella. selfEncyclopedia: Writing
Laura Bulian Gallery, via Piranesi, 10 - Milan (Italy)
30 March – 23 June 2017

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