The unconventional artist became fascinated with the game and its history as originally being created to instruct good morals. “The progression of the game from its origin as a game of morality in the late 19th century to its current form featuring capitalist dreams and achievements fascinated her.
The oil paintings of Edward del Rosario (b. USA 1970) utilize the symbolic visual language of archaic carnivals and the occult to pique the curiosity of the viewer.
Del Rosario in this exhibition begins a new episode in his series of allegorical tales featuring enchanted objects, frightening traps, spellbound fates, and the Wheel of Fortune. His detailed, curious characters are part of a larger cast that moves across his body of work, a fairy tale world that features power struggles, wonder, humor, and deception.
Francesco de Medici is said to have given a famous board game, the Gioco dell’Oca, as a gift to King Phillip of Spain during the heart of the Renaissance. Since then, fancifully colorful and picturesque board games spread from Italy throughout the Western World: Board games, card games, Tarot Cards, and beyond.
But in fact, the roots of such play may also be Eastern in Nature. In Japan, Picture Sugoroku, or picture-based board games, also existed long ago, and became very popular during the Eddo period (1600-1868). One of the most ancient games, Go, also emerged from Asia and could be the inspiration for Chess. This exhibition, then, a meeting of East and West, ties the worldwide traditions of fun and games together once and for all.
from November 22, 2013 until January 19, 2014
It’s All Fun and Games
Edward del Rosario, Asuka Ohsawa
The Flat – Massimo Carasi
via Paolo Frisi 3, Milan