Atlas holds up the world, the atlas is the image of the world. Atlas’ hands, arms, legs: muscles, fingers, body parts which are, in the iconography of the myth, in an eternal tension and indivisible from the Earth with its continents, islands and unexplored oceans. Atlas is the ego that perceives the world through the mystery of the body. The very same limbs and the same physical dimension represented by another atlas: the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, that shows the world’s divine perfection. In Atlas, Ego Imago Mundi is the ego of the artist, Luca Di Luzio, and his new human geography. In Atlas a new relationship between the body and the world is established, going beyond the myth and proposing a new humanism in which the artist’s life becomes the centerpiece. The points of Atlas’ maps are the sign of the impression of the artist’s body on paper. Land surface area with lakes and islands, mountains, rivers and boundaries, that Luca Di Luzio generates through the spontaneity of a resolute and docile gesture. Rooms at the Relais Rione Ponte welcome these signs, becoming archipelagos of Luca Di Luzio’s new geography, talking to each other and outlining a new exciting planet.
Atlas, Ego Imago Mundi puts the man in the position of redefining his place in space, not adapting to it, but shaping it in his own image. The Atlas project by Luca Di Luzio starts simultaneously with “Magnetic Declination”, curatorial proposal of White Noise Gallery for Set-Up Fair 2016, whose theme was the orientation. The scientifically magnetic declination is the angle between what is considered true north and magnetic north of the planet. The North is the cardinal point of salvation for the individual, the magnetic declination conceptually destroys the objectivity being axiomatically itself margin of error, instability and physical inability to identify an exact destination that is steady and motionless. With the project “Magnetic Declination” is intended to decode, through the collective efforts of Luca Di Luzio, Stefano Gentile and Bruno Cerasi, the new human geography that is taking shape, result of the clash between two opposite forces: the mass migration, inherent to the concept of evolution, and political conservatism, unaware of the individual in favor of the species, a consequence of the difficulty to relocate to a new global economic order.
White Noise Gallery
November 30th,2016 – February 28th,2017
Relais Rione Ponte
Via Giuseppe Zanardelli, 20 Rome, Italy
Art Direction by Studio Pivot