ULE CARTE VISIONARIE
Sculptographies installations videos
ASSAB ONE opens its 2020 season with a project by Daniele Papuli. The exhibition recalls the elements that made the story of this venue, where books were printed and bound.
ULE is a visionary tale told by paper, water and ink.
The video. 285 metres of lightweight paper till rolls that Daniele Papuli unfolds like the roll of a film. A project dating back to 2009 when the artist dyed in ink the 19 rolls of paper that are now grouped together under seven headings: ule, breath, world, flight, voyage, evanescence, distance. A magical image made of splashes, halos, deep shades of black, branching veins; a slow process of osmosis that belongs only to paper, the artist’s favourite medium for over two decades. In a neverending game of associations, shapes and blurs merge into different forms, like the shapes children see when looking up at the clouds.
The sculptures / the installations. The sculptures emerge like archaic presences, extrapolated from the narrative. They are made by different types of paper, hardened through stratification and pigments, adorned with splashes of color, halos, motives and patterns that turn them into visionary creations. Papuli names them “cuti”, a word that in his homeland Salento means a stiff solid mass.
But ULE is an experience that involves other senses. The accompanying sounds are the recorded movement of large sheets, strips and slivers of lightweight or heavy paper; crackling, rustling and tearing sounds like the effects produced by a Foley artist using sounds and images which, in this case, are vibrations and splashes of colour.
*This is a multi-handed project: the hands of the artist plunging into the raw material and even extracting its sound; the hands of Gianni De Rosa strumming, plucking and skipping over the taut strings of his viola; and those of Renato Ferrero, patiently editing images, sounds and silences.
**A brief video, projected on paper, introduces the project to the visitor. It presents the work, the concept, the genesis and harmonious development of ULE, which in the dialect of Salento means birthmark, an unfulfilled craving that appears like a blemish on the skin, but also flying, the desire to be light, ethereal.