Group Show | First study: on love

First study: on love

(tomy love)
(this is for you, my love)

This is an open-air exhibition under the light of the full moon, when the experience and reflection of ‘shared resources’ are intensified. The work we present here questions love. Here we point to the repression characteristic of romantic love and the possibility of opting for it in a healthy, creative, and profound way. We sing the praises of desire and lust, underlining the beauty of the thirst for the other and a hunger for the world. We invite the senses to inhabit, for a time, the relational membrane and to use this fragile place as a basis for investigation of internal and interpersonal tensions. In this show, we bring together body, image and narrative, in an attempt to find the spark at the point where language touches flesh. We question the idea of being a sculpturing sculpture or a text that rewrites itself, whose form is revealed and refashioned by the blows of time. In this show, as in love, care is everything. The only rule is to be attentive.

In recent years, I have used the dedication ‘I love my love’ almost fifty times, in catalogues, brochures, leaflets and on exhibition walls. On some occasions I have been asked why I do this and what it means. This is my reply.

I writeatthe top of a still blank page the words ‘tomylove’. I do this so as not to forget my reason for writing and, above all, to remind myself how I decided to spend the time that is left me in this world. The words are not addressed to any one individual, but to the drive. But what is this thing we call love? And why are we advised (or obligated) to spend our time on it?

Another habit of mine is to draw up lists of artworks that have had a particularly powerful effect on me. One of these lists works that may serve to express our feelings regarding love. This exhibition shows a small but special selection of items from this list and experiments with bringing them together. It is important to point out that not all of the pieces that make up this show originated in exploration of the subject of love, but all of them are the fruit of investigation into issues that may be important for such a study.

Weaving together the ideas of Butler and Drummond, Roberto Freire and Toni Negri, Amerindian stories and the wisdom of Oxum, Leminski, Elizabeth Bishop, Spinosa, Perniolaand others, we come to see that love is directly related to our capacity to teach others to find and create meaning. Love is an important tool that enables us to live in a world of poetry not prose; poetically not prosaically. Love is the key to coming together, presence, porosity and transformation. This exhibition tells the whole story – from beginning to beginning – , and brings together pieces that encourage us to think about and feel love.