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Guido Casaretto

“The Ghosts of Matter”

SAHA provides production support for Guido Casaretto’s solo show “The Ghosts of Matter” at Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, held between 25 October 2019 – 22 March 2020. The exhibition is the latest in a series of individual presentations by artists whose works are featured in the MOCAK Collection, showing 17 works from the years 2014–2019. Seven of them were created especially for the exhibition in Krakow.

Guido Casaretto is interested in matter per se – the sea, mountains, the universe, but also stone and wood. He also investigates processed matter, analysing the characteristics of furniture and ceilings. The corollary of such pursuit is his interest in the ‘human matter’. In respect of primary materials he uses traditional techniques, incorporating the experience of painters, sculptures and craftsmen. With manmade objects, his methods are more complex – for example, he pulverises wardrobes, and fashions the resultant powdered wood and glass, mixed with glue, into useless replicas of the original objects. The strangest is the technique that the artist has employed in relation to human beings. On the internet he has found universal models of the human figures, produced for use in computer animations. On the basis of a few hundred of shots of specific persons – or their ‘matter’ – a total image was produced. Guido Casaretto has used this synthesis in his sculptures.
The artist’s interests are idiosyncratic; his art appears visionary. Casaretto analyses different forms of the matter of the Universe, and subsequently – using a variety of media – produces their replicas. The implication is that our future is a perfect simulacrum.

About Guido Casaretto

Guido Casaretto (1981) lives and works in Istanbul. One of the founders of Sanatorium, some of his solo shows are: The Ghosts of Matter, (MOCAK, Krakow, Poland, 2019), The Pope and Galileo Had a Minor Disagreement, (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017), Synesthesia (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015), Extrasystemic Correlations (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012), Default (Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011); and some of his group shows are: Restless Monuments, (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), Urban Justice (CerModern, Ankara, Turkey, 2015), Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion (Venice,Italy, 2011), and Teatro Comunale (Italy, 2000). His work is included in MOCAK–Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (Krakow, Poland), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourn, Australia) and many important private collections in Europe and Middle East.

Dealing with ways of perceiving nature and reproducing it with digital means, Casaretto focuses on the phenomenon of sensation. Engaged with electronic information, various materials and art-historical references, his works overlap the different sensations with regard to the physical quality of the material and the types of perception within the concept of art history. The interaction triggered by the physical approach goes deep down into the multidimensional sensation through the materials used by the artist such as concrete, skin, soil and epoxy. The former works of Casaretto, comprised of realistic manifestation of nature created in digital environment, are reversed by these new series of works through the manual intervention of the artist to the machine production. The works define the uniqueness of the handmade and invite the viewers to experience the sensation.