Chiara Dynys at Villa Panza. Light, first of all

The exhibition “Sudden Time”, curated by Anna Bernardini and Giorgio Verzotti, exhibits the artist’s latest research on light and space, marked by three large site-specific installations with a strong emotional and narrative impact.

A journey made by three acts, a path in which the light emerges from the darkness and the boundaries of the forms stand out in space. It is the exhibition Sudden Time - a title inspired by the homonymous piece by the English composer George Benjamin - by Chiara Dynys, which can be visited at Villa Panza until September. A great design and executive effort consists of three large site-specific installations, which establish a dialogue with the architectural style of the Villa and pay homage to the link between the artist and the collector Giuseppe Panza, that already in the early 2000s bought the light works.

What goes deeper than a little visual shock, what we don’t expect but which strikes us like a gunshot?

Giuseppe’s Door no.1 is dedicated to him, located inside the second carriage house, an opalescent door composed of a single piece of glass illuminated by colored lights that seem to flow from its interior, making it seem suspended in the void. Melancholia is also made of light, a projection that expands on three walls superimposing a luminous circle that slowly changes color to another opaque black: an invitation to reflect on the need to reunite with the environment, an image poised between abstraction and evocation of the sidereal nature. The archetypal landscape is inspired by Camini delle Fate, an installation composed of 34 glass panes inserted in a large black matt structure: each glass is illuminated and illuminating, through a different refractive light and color on the environment.

"The sudden thing is the unexpected, the glaring," explains Chiara Dynys. "It is something that we are not conscious of having seen but that we keep in our memory and in depth. What goes deeper than a little visual shock, what we don’t expect but which strikes us like a gunshot? The sudden hurts us but changes us, and the action of art and the artist, as well as change us, must also hurt us a bit".

Sudden Time
Chiara Dynys
Curated by:
Anna Bernardini e Giorgio Verzotti
Villa Panza, Varese, Italy
September 5, 2021

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