Botto + Bruno, The Days II, 2006, vuteck ink on PVC, 90.5" x 75"
September 14 - October 27, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, September 14, 6 - 8 pm
It is a common belief across cultures that one who controls the weather will control the world. From the fate of Hiroshima in World War II, the fall of Napoleon empire, to the outbreak of the French revolution, and the demise of the Mongol empire, weather has played a crucial role in shaping the courses of history. During the Cold War era, military race among powerful nations founded the field of geoengineering - commonly known as "weather modification" - to provoke military or economic damages using weather elements. Recently, geoengineering has been used to make necessary interventions to remedy issues caused by global climate change. The history of human's attempts in controlling the weather and the contemporary context of global political climate call for a re-examination of our relationship to weather and natures.
L'atmosfera recognizes the shift in the understanding of "nature" among new generations of human who are born and grow up into a concrete environment. Aiming to recreate a synergy between different environments, Botto + Bruno and Teal engage in a sympathetic relationship where each project upholds the other's experience. The two projects take turns creating high and low points of affects across the gallery. The contrast in their contents and mediums instigates an atmospheric experience, in which the questions of ecology, biology, and topology are enacted inside the gallery.
Botto + Bruno (b. 1963; b. 1966) are an artist duo based in Torino, Italy. Their practice examines the expression of marginality in problems pertaining to youth and urban and social decay. The images that the two artists create are anti-realistic, obtained by the fitting of details from existing scenarios, but changed and falsified. Within an urban suburban landscape, their characters turn away from the viewers while starting at reflections in pools of water of themselves and other images in a continuous game of references. Botto + Bruno depict realistic universe, but at the same time it does not exist, so true as to be false, familiar yet completely alien and alienating. Botto + Bruno have been part of the prestigious international biennials such as: 49th Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann titled "House where nobody lives" (2001). 8th Shanghai Biennale (2010). Busan Biennale (Korea 2002). Their work has been exhibited, in numerous international art museums and public art galleries just to mention a few: MAMCO - Musée d'art moderne et contemporain (Genève, Switzerland); New Museum (New York, USA); MAMAC, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (Nice, France); Frost Museum (Miami, USA); Columbia University (New York, USA), Parc du la Villette (Paris, France), IAC di Villeurbanne (Lyon, France), Kunsthalle Helsinki (Helsinki). Botto + Bruno are the winners of the 2012 Madrid Photo prize.
Carson Teal (b. 1993) is a Canadian emerging multidisciplinary visual artist and an experimental producer residing in Toronto, Canada. Teal is known for his eloquent use of visuals and audio, creating environments that transcend the confines of physical space. He interlaces rich soundscapes with elements of video projection mapping over assembled and found objects to create immersive and mesmerizing atmospheres. Teal's multi-disciplinary practice creates an opportunity to be fully present in the moment, where the memory of the piece or performance can be recalled with a myriad of senses. Teal graduated from OCAD University’s Drawing and Painting program in 2016, and was also the 2016 recipient of David W. Bain Art Award and Project 31 Art Award. His installations have been seen at various venues in Toronto, ON such as Rally Ossington, Open Gallery, Inter/Access, 8eleven Gallery, Bunker2 Contemporary Art Center, and 2016 Senseless Music Festival at Evergreen Brickworks. He has also been featured on VICE, XLR8R, and OHESSTEE.