Magazine article Artforum International

Costa Vece

Magazine article Artforum International

Costa Vece

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GALLERIA FRANCO NOERO

For his first solo show in Italy, Swiss artist Costa Vece filled the gallery's two adjoining rooms with a single military tent, which one penetrated on entering from the street and exited directly into the building's interior courtyard. The installation was entitled Bomb No.5, 2000, and all the materials jammed into the tent alluded to the danger of an imminent explosion. Cans, crates, and all kinds of military paraphernalia evoked wartime scenarios, while small monitors transmitted images of countdowns and other visual signals. The video images repeated cyclically--a continuous extension in time of the threatened event--in a chaotic simultaneity of visual impulses, including intermittent lights and sounds made disturbing by their repetition. The entire installation then concluded with the calming view of the interior courtyard, where viewers terminated their brief journey.

The video images were taken from Hollywood war films, for the artist is interested not in constructing a realistic environment, but rather in adopting devices that can be employed to create an effect, a sensation akin to the suspense and expectation of violent acts. …

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