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Ceal Floyer

Edited By Mario Codognato
February 2009
Mondadori Electa, Milan, Italy
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9788837069056
112 Pages, 80 Color Plates

$57.50 Paper Original

From 29 November 2008 the Madre in Naples is hosting the first solo exhibition of the British artist Ceal Floyer held in an Italian public institution. Curated by Mario Codognato, the exhibition presents a selection of works, including a site-specific re-visitation specially developed for the MADRE venue. The exhibition comprises approximately 15 video, installation and sculptural works that retrace Ceal Floyer's artistic development and will be held in a new space on the second floor previously occupied by the bookshop and now used for temporary exhibitions.

Ceal Floyer's clarity of thought and precision in the presentation of her ideas resonate in all the areas of her art. Her seemingly simple approach is always tinged with irony and the desire to reveal an awareness of the absurd. The use of double takes in every work to convey two points of view forces observers to rethink their perception of the world.

All her works and everything used in them are readymades and examine the dialectic tension inevitably created between the mundane and its essence, like an imaginative construction of meaning, of real value, associated with the use of the objects represented. Works such as Drill, Mousehole, Untitled Installation (Dotted line), Exit are brought to life by the desire to portray their essence and, equally, to combine their simplicity with the complexity of being just what they portray, giving rise to an inevitable reflection on the obvious.

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