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Jeff Bark - Paradise Garage

CLOSED SET: Jeff Bark, Closed Set, 2018 - Paradise Garage
HASH: Jeff Bark, Hash, 2019 - Paradise Garage
LITTLE ROMEO: Jeff Bark, Little Romeo, 2019 - Paradise Garage
OVERTIME: Jeff Bark, Overtime, 2018 - Paradise Garage
THE CONVERSATION PIECE: Jeff Bark, The Conversation Piece, 2018 - Paradise Garage
AFTERHOURS: Jeff Bark, Just After Hour, 2018 - Paradise Garage
CLOSED SET: Jeff Bark, Closed Set, 2018 - Paradise Garage
DAVID PURSE: Jeff Bark, David (Maria), 2018 - Paradise Garage
SURVEILANCE: Jeff Bark, Father and Son, 2019 - Paradise Garage
GRYPHON: Jeff Bark, Gryphon, 2018 - Paradise Garage
JOY: Jeff Bark, Joy, 2019 - Paradise Garage

On display until 28 July at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, "Paradise Garage" has been envisioned and structured in a way that purposely allows no room for boundaries between art and viewer. It is a path to be walked together, one that leads into a vision free from reality’s constraints, into a world that was born and lives solely within the artist’s eyes. Each image is but a fraction of a moment the photographer has suspended in his memory, a material manifestation of his private narrative.

His garage in Upstate New York, a once plain, blank walled space, has been transformed into the unlikely home of enigmatic scenes created through the merging of exquisite details and iconographic references to the art of the past.

The photographs of Bark's garage sets become surreal landscapes, inhabited at times by nostalgic vignettes, and at others by imposing and monumental portraits, reminiscent of the allure and scale of the large painting collections found in Roman palazzi.

Interiors, still lives, natural landscapes and cabinets of curiosity are only a few of the recurring genres found throughout the space that aid in the merging and mixing of what we know as truth, and what we know as absurd. These familiar genres lull the viewer into a false sense of security which twists as one is pulled into the universe of the images. ‘Paradise Garage’ is a game of perspectives and opposites, one where details are magnified and our understanding of them is forcibly questioned; it is a challenge to re-envision, and re-evaluate, temporal norms.

Jeff Bark’s project originated two years ago: a brief visit to the Italian capital inspired him to recreate, in a space found somewhere within the abstract realm and that of reality, a Grand Tour in the Bel Paese. His vision grants seemingly insignificant objects a sense of poetry and meaning; souvenirs found in American flea markets become the catalyst for grandiose compositions and solemn portraits, images that end up representing – symbolically and allegorically – the nuances of human nature. The careful use of lighting, along with the richness, the ambiguity with which every detail is nurtured, render it all unexpected and uncertain: it is a still stolen from a reel we shall never see, from which we do not know a beginning, and will never know an end.

The authenticity and ambiguity, the sensual beauty, the lights and shadows found throughout Bark’s work are all but coordinates of a trip across Italy that is unbound by a specific timeline or frame; it is one that evokes artistic moments found in the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the phenomenal works of Fellini and Visconti.
The limited space found within his garage has allowed Bark to discover an approach that is both meticulous and cinematic, one that resembles more the creation of a painting rather than the assembly of inspirations. It is an approach that represents his many fragments, and that holds tightly within itself the influences of European, Italian and Flemish art.

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from 7 June 2019 to 28 July 2019
POINT (12.490471 41.898935)
POINT (12.489286 41.899826)
POINT (12.489504 41.8995108)
POINT (12.489504 41.8995108)
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Dal 7 giugno al 28 luglio 2019
domenica, martedì, mercoledì e giovedì dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 20.00
venerdì e sabato dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 22.30
lunedì chiuso
 
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Jeff Bark - Paradise Garage, Via Nazionale, 194
Via Nazionale, 194
41° 53' 56.166" N, 12° 29' 25.6956" E
Jeff Bark - Paradise Garage, Via Piacenza, snc
Via Piacenza, snc
41° 53' 59.3736" N, 12° 29' 21.4296" E
Jeff Bark - Paradise Garage, Via Milano, 13
Via Milano, 13
41° 53' 58.2396" N, 12° 29' 22.2144" E
Jeff Bark - Paradise Garage, Via Milano, 9A
Via Milano, 9A
41° 53' 58.2396" N, 12° 29' 22.2144" E

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HASH: Jeff Bark, Hash, 2019 - Paradise GarageLITTLE ROMEO: Jeff Bark, Little Romeo, 2019 - Paradise GarageOVERTIME: Jeff Bark, Overtime, 2018 - Paradise GarageTHE CONVERSATION PIECE: Jeff Bark, The Conversation Piece, 2018 - Paradise GarageAFTERHOURS: Jeff Bark, Just After Hour, 2018 - Paradise GarageCLOSED SET: Jeff Bark, Closed Set, 2018 - Paradise GarageDAVID PURSE: Jeff Bark, David (Maria), 2018 - Paradise GarageSURVEILANCE: Jeff Bark, Father and Son, 2019 - Paradise GarageGRYPHON: Jeff Bark, Gryphon, 2018 - Paradise Garage JOY: Jeff Bark, Joy, 2019 - Paradise Garage

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