The Disparates is an ambitious installation project created expressly for RLWindow at Ryan Lee Gallery by Andrea Mastrovito, viewable from the High Line park at 26th Street. Over the course of four weeks, Mastrovito will stage a series of “nonsense” actions by characters that he has created with cutout life-size photocopies and animated byseveral industrial fans. Each day a new character emerges, resulting in more than 20 separate installations.
Inspired by Francisco Goya’s Los Proverbios etching portfolio, a series of 80 works decrying 18th-century Spanish society, The Disparates are simple, bizarre images that examine contemporary life through allegorical scenes. From a Palestinian boy endlessly twirling his sling against the moon to a lion tamer tirelessly whipping a dead lion skin, these characters are brought to life by industrial fans as a funny and cruel commentary on the state of our times in regards to human, social, and political conditions.
Mastrovito employs a practice that reinvents painting, drawing, and collage as well as their structural supports to consider the cycle of life. A continuous dialogue occurs through the unraveling of his work from the studio to public spaces in an open confrontation with communities.
From August 31st until Sempter 26th, 2015
Andrea Mastrovito (b. 1978, Bergamo, Italy) received his MFA in 2001 from Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, Bergamo. He won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007, and the Moroso Prize in 2012. Recent solo public exhibitions include N’importe où hors du monde, Châteaux de la Drome, France; Here the Dreamers Sleep, Museo H. C. Andersen, Rome; At the End of the Line, GAMeC, Bergamo; La libertè guidant le peuple, Pavillon Blanc, Colomiers, and Le CinqueGiornate, Museo del Novecento, Milan. He has exhibited widely at MAXXI, Rome; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; BPS22, Charleroi; Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne; and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Mastrovito lives and works in New York.