Adam Carr and Courtney J. Martin

Rennie Collection
144 pp 70 col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in hardcover  
$25.00 Can. $29.00 U.S.
March 2018

Through her large-scale installations of mundane objects, Lara Favaretto’s art practice explores the absurdities of modern life, consumer culture, and obsolescence. The mechanic nature of Favaretto’s works speaks to the monotony and repetition of human life, prompting the audience to contemplate themselves and the function of these objects in their lives. Much of Favaretto’s work functions through the juxtaposition of binary opposites, where her celebratory visual language is thwarted by the dull nature of the subject matter. This multilayered approach exerts itself to spectacular effect with Tutti giu per terra/We all fall down (2004). Sealed in a room with four fans, rainbow-coloured confetti eddies and swirls as it falls to the ground. The isolated character of the installation emphasizes the fine line between aspiration and failure - the spectacle evolving through time into colourful exhaustion. The theme of memory is captured in the ephemeral nature of Favaretto’s other works. Using the most fleeting and unlikely of objects such as a lost luggage in Lost & Found (1998) or a found painting in 225 (2014), the artist creates what she refers to as “momentary monuments”. These objects, once doomed to vanish are then preserved, repurposed, and transformed into a monument of disappearance themselves. In English and French.

Lara Favaretto (b.1973) is based in Turin, Italy. Her work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at institutions throughout the world, including MoMA PS1, New York; Salon d’Honneur du Grand Palais, Paris; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel; and Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin. She is the recipient of the 2011 Querini Stampalia Prize for Young Italian Artists and the 2005 Venice Biennale Young Italian Art Prize.

Adam Carr is Curator of Visual Arts at MOSTYN Gallery, Wales, U.K., and a regular contributing writer for Cura., Flash Art, Mousse and Spike Art Quarterly. Courtney J. Martin is Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Dia Art Foundation. She is is co-editor of Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator (Getty Publications, 2015) and editor of Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art (Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2016).