The Forest

  • 06 maggio 2017
  • 18:00
  • Bunker del castello di Udine


ROBERT GABRIS – solo exhibition

Curator – Gianluca Albicocco

Exhibition production – Archimeccanica

With the support of
Stamperia d’Arte Albicocco and Archimeccanica

From 6 May to 4 June

Opening times

Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 13.00 and 18.00-20.00

Thursday 11 May 18.00 -20.30

Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 10.00 – 20.00

“Darkness reminds me of a wilderness in which I have only entered once and have never seen again. I think this forest is just an illusion, I’ve always searched for it and I’ve always tried to imagine its forms. There are shadows and contours that sometimes wander through my dreams. I have often tried to draw it, but it dissolves and perhaps it never existed. Or maybe it’s the dream of a perfect image, one which exists only in my mind. How great is the distance between illusion and reality? Is utopia re-creating a perfect image like this forest? It needs darkness and silence, and a sharp tip that incises plate glass … Memory dissolves and its destiny is a constant distortion.” Robert Gabris

In the bunker, artificial light plays a fundamental role. Visitors are equipped with head torches, which, together with the ground lights illuminating the escape routes, are the only light sources. The torches cast dynamic shadows which in turn produce images of a personal forest. Everyone can create their own visual perspective by interacting with the space. The bunker is organized to create an imaginary geometric forest, consisting of plants able to withstand the partial absence of light. The design choices were dictated by the particularities of the site and aim to express the artist’s intent, consolidating the spatial illusion.