Contemporary Art Magazine
Autorizzazione Tribunale di Roma
n.630/99 del 24 Dicembre 1999

Lo sguardo di Narciso – The Gaze of Narcissus

” Lo sguardo di Narciso – The Gaze of Narcissus ”

Matthew Allen – Sauro Cardinali – Jason Gringler – Sali Muller – John Nicholson – Jonny Niesche

opening Thursday 9th November from 6PM / Inaugurazione giovedì 9 Novembre dalle ore 18
November 10, 2017 > January 13, 2018

The Flat – Massimo Carasi –
via Paolo Frisi 3 (MM Porta Venezia) – MILANO 20129 – Italy
+39 (0)2 58313809 – –

“The Gaze of Narcissus”
is the contemporary gaze that captures our image – an image that is no longer reflected by a pure source, but rather surprises us as it passes fleetingly, reflected in a shop window or a muddy puddle.
Matthew Allen, Sauro Cardinali, Jason Gringler, Sali Muller, John Nicholson and Jonny Niesche are the 6 international artists who capture a mocking kaleidoscope of floating images using spectacular materials or surfaces.
The image created by their works is distorted, inaccurate and fragmentary, as their chosen surfaces are no longer able to reflect reality, only the artist’s artifice.
The mirror of Narcissus is violently crushed, its features are blurred, and reflective surface altered by a sort of veil that renders its deep luster a plumbean, deforming filter.
This group of “situations” projects the figure of a contemporary Narcissus trapped within his own gaze, as if a spell has overwhelmed him.
The induced distraction in the observer is remarkable.
When we encounter a reflective surface, we forget the object that reflects us, instinctively seeking our image, indulging and seeking satisfaction and reassurance therein.
However, the artist’s artwork makes an idyllic meeting or reunion with the mirrored self impossible, destroying the desired comparison of the mental image we have of ourselves with our reflection.
Faced with the impossibility of recognizing ourselves: the physicality of the object reappears before our eyes and we can devote our attention to the work, which resumes its three-dimensionality, depth, sensuality and violence, all of which are indifferent to the gaze of Narcissus.


Founded in 2002, The Flat-Massimo Carasi is a contemporary art gallery located from 2008 in a space of 250 sqm in Porta Venezia zone, Milan. The gallery supports and works continuously with emerging and established international artists.


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