E x h i b i t i o n s
Paolo Chiasera: Frankenstein
Opening: Friday, April 28, 6 – 9pm
Open during Gallery Weekend Berlin
Saturday – Sunday, 29 –  30 April, 11am – 7pm
 Duration of the exhibition: April 29 – June 17

For his exhibition at PSM gallery, Chiasera likens himself to a kind of Doctor Frankenstein, assuming a similar, if proleptic procedure of collaging, suturing and hybridizing both on the canvas and in the minds of his viewers. Drawing pictorial inspiration from the 54 selected artists participating in Gallery Weekend Berlin, Chiasera has fused together motifs from the practices of different artists and generated mutant paintings. In doing so, he preempts the mnemonic morphological blurring that is bound to attend the exposure to so much art, in which works of art overlap and mutate in viewer’s memories. It’s as if, in the canny spirit of Manet, he is constructing the conditions of pictorial déjà vu, but with a weirdly phantasmal edge. Furthermore, using a technique of cast and mono-print on plaster mounted on canvas, he also conflates and adds the initials of the respective artists to the lower, right- hand side of each canvas. So do Roni Horn and Bernd Lohaus become HL, while Rebecca Morris and Robert Kuśmirowski become MK, and so on and so forth. Paradox and contradiction deliberately dogs Chiasera at every turn of the project. For instance, the byproduct, which the artist characterizes as a result between notes and fresco, is both provisional and set in stone. […]

– Chris Sharp