How I Roll – Paola Pivi
She is one of the more controversial Italian artists and visionaries of contemporary art: Paola Pivi. Installing an airplane Piper Seneca on 5th Avenue in New York is a sign. But “support” a twin-engine of 10 meters in the middle of the street would be simplistic to state. The work How I Roll was affixed vertically to the wings and rotates around its axis very slowly. Solemn slowness.
This is the first public installation of the artist in the United States, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, but for Paola Pivi is not the first time that she has to do with machines of the sky. In 1999 he overturned a Fiat G – 91 for the Venice Biennale, and also in 1997 overturned a truck. Another work that has to do with the world of planes is definitely I wish I am fish in 2009, when he flew 84 goldfish instead of passengers over the Tasman Sea.
A synthesis of modernist art and industrial design. A contemporary sculpture realized by changing an airplane, allowing it to rotate 360°, suspended from above only by the tips of the wings. The vision we have of the object in question is entirely new, almost mesmerizing, as well as alienating. All this in a context so far from the original to bring forth a dramatic effect, of an accident. An evocative and surreal triggered by the insertion of a familiar object in a space just as familiar, but far away from the first.
Often with the works of Pivi we have to surrender to the artist’s vision, without asking the meaning of her work. If she did not explain with words she would have made with the objects. And this work is formed through a cold objectivity, typical Milanese artist, and a good dose of surrealism. Perhaps this conceptual matrix, maintained with a gap of almost scientific, comes from studies of engineering she made in the past.
“The Public Art Fund ,” she said “has turned my dream into reality with the realization of How I Roll. I conceived the work for the city of New York, and after working for years I’m extremely happy to have the approval of the public “.
I think this is an example of how contemporary art can ‘upset’ also a walk in one of the most famous streets in the world.
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