1_AFA 2_Bradford Kessler_63rd-77th STEPSBradford Kessler- Even Diablos Get The Blues – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

The idea of discarding art from the white-washed walls of a gallery may seem an uncomfortable notion to some, but despite the up-close clearness of the white cube, nature has its splendors which can perfectly assign some extra enframing qualities to the artworks. Several sensory experiences are impossible to replicate in any other indoor space and this may be the very reason why Bari-based project space 63rd-77th STEPS produced this offsite group show for enjoyment outdoors.
Taking place in the bathing area of Pane & Pomodoro beach in Bari, Italy, the exhibition titled ‘AFA2‘ shows the work of 13 international artists including Ditte Gantriis, Maja Cule, Bradford Kessler, Pentti Monkkonnen Lucia Leuci, Spencer Longo and Fabio Santacroce. Each artist was invited to explore the rectangular shape of a white beach towel in order to match to the local environment by transposing notions of ‘Afa‘ – which means mugginess in Italian – see the results bellow:

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2_AFA 2_Ditte Gantriis 3_63rd-77th STEPSDitte Gantriis – This is the life – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

3_AFA 2_Ditte Gantriis 1_63rd-77th STEPSDitte Gantriis – This is the life – detail

4_AFA 2_63rd-77th STEPS_Installation View_ph Alessandro CirilloAFA 2 – Installation View – ph Alessandro Cirillo

5_AFA 2_Michael Assiff_63rd-77th STEPSMichael Assiff – Factory Trawler –  Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

6_AFA 2_Michael Assiff 2_63rd-77th STEPSMichael Assiff – Factory Trawler –  detail

7_AFA 2_Ilya Smirnov_63rd-77th STEPSIlya Smirnov – Unum adversus Omnia – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

8_AFA 2_Lucia Leuci 2_63rd-77th STEPSLucia Leuci – The Sugar Show  (detail)

9_AFA 2_Lucia Leuci_63rd-77th STEPSLucia Leuci – The Sugar Show – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

10__AFA 2_63rd-77th STEPS_Installation View 2_ph Alessandro CirilloAFA 2 – Installation View – ph Alessandro Cirillo

11_AFA 2_Pentti Monnkonen_63rd-77th STEPS copiaPentti Monnkonen – Untitled – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

12_AFA 2_Pentti Monnkonen_63rd-77th STEPS copiaPentti Monnkonen – detail

13_AFA 2_Maja Cule_63rd-77th STEPSMaja Cule – Submit to Afa (detail)

14_AFA 2_Maja Cule_63rd-77th STEPSMaja Cule – Submit to Afa – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

15_AFA 2_Liz Craft_63rd-77th STEPSLiz Craft – Sybil (detail)

16_AFA 2_Liz Craft_63rd-77th STEPSLiz Craft – Sybil – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

18_AFA 2_Fabio Santacroce_63rd-77th STEPSFabio Santacroce – Mare Nostrum – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

19_AFA 2_Fabio Santacroce_63rd-77th STEPSFabio Santacroce – Mare Nostrum (detail) 

20_AFA 2_Rosa Ciano_63rd-77th STEPSAFA 2 – installation View

21_AFA 2_Rosa Ciano_63rd-77th STEPSRosa Ciano – Waiting for the fog – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

22_AFA 2_exhibition view 2_63rd-77th STEPSUffe Isolotto – Phallus-Vagina Dentata (Sarlacc, Graboid, ???, Shai-Hulud) – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

23_AFA 2_Uffe Isolotto_63rd-77th STEPSUffe Isolotto – Phallus-Vagina Dentata (Sarlacc, Graboid, ???, Shai-Hulud) – detail

24__AFA 2_Rolf Nowotny 2_63rd-77th STEPSRolf Nowotny – GMORKRUNOFF (detail)

25_AFA 2_Rolf Nowotny 2_63rd-77th STEPSRolf Nowotny – GMORKRUNOFF – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

25_AFA 2_Spencer Longo_63rd-77th STEPSSpencer Longo – Digital print on microfiber beach towel, cm 100×160

AFA2

Bari, 20th July 2015 

Only one survived. It was not the usual lucky one but the most voracious and yet the most timid. It seemed dazed, rusty but fair. It advanced jerkily, up and down. The silence, diluted with boiling air, thundered in its dry stomach and inflated the few breadcrumbs torn away from the recently disinfected earthenware floor.



The air also bumped against the high mosquito nets, seeping painfully through the thick metallic meshes while the fat children, dressed of love and deception, were not able to catch, silently, down in the courtyard. Probably there had been no time, effort and intuition to educate them at the essentiality of the warm summer silence. And every noise from outside sounded also as a roar in the stomach of the little ant that could contain, at most, only three crumbs of that authoritarian bread.



This needed, in fact, to be monitored and dragged away frantically before the time when, even the asphalt became crumbly. How heavy is usually a dry breadcrumb that falls mistakenly on the ground? And potentially, in the impact, how many micro crumbs does it fractionate into?



In any case, no one was in the apartment that afternoon, maybe they were all on the beach to roast their thick skins along with the unpunished lies. Meanwhile the fatty rice salad was earning flavor in the fridge.



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Michael Assiff – Rosa Ciano – Liz Craft – Maja Cule – Ditte Gantriis – Uffe Isolotto – Bradford Kessler – Spencer Longo – Lucia Leuci – Pentti Monkkonen – Rolf Nowotny – Fabio Santacroce – Ilya Smirnov


AFA 2

Off-site project organized by 63rd-77th STEPS – Art Project Staircase –

29, 30, 31 JULY – 05 – 06 – 11 – 12 AUGUST 2015 > 19.00 – 21.00

PANE & POMODORO BEACH
C.so Trieste, Bari (Italy)

www.63rd77thsteps.com