Magazine article Artforum International

Michael Fliri and Asta Groting

Magazine article Artforum International

Michael Fliri and Asta Groting

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MILAN

GALLERIA RAFFAELLA CORTESE

Michael Fliri and Asta Groting were, respectively, student and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and this past spring the younger artist decided to show his most recent work together with that of his former professor in a two-person show titled "In Between." Fliri, who is one of the most interesting artists to have emerged in Italy in recent years, engages in performative works that serve as phases in a specific search for identity. On this occasion, he engaged in an action, The wrong turn offered unexpected discoveries, 2011/2012, that was particularly expressive. Wearing a sort of large, heavy brown coat, the artist was enclosed for a long time inside a wooden and glass vitrine, similar to the ones Betty's used to collect his objects. He remained seated there at length, using his hands to fiddle with a prosthesis, a long tail that stuck out of the cagelike box and extended along the floor until it came to rest on a small wooden structure. Made of scales of artificial skin, the tail ended in a tuft of horsehair, which the artist caused to move at great effort (due N) its length). Alongside his interests in the man-animal relationship and in the transformation of the body through disguise, Hid is attracted to the dichotomy of artifice and nature. An enormous sculpture, Bilateral-Symmetry-Holders, 2012, consists of two spherical forms covered in green latex bearing the imprints of the artist's knuckles, which he had pressed into broad terra-cotta surfaces, onto which the latex was then poured. …

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