Palazzo Tagliaferro and Whitelabs are pleased to present:
Jane McAdam Freud. Taking Care
until March 5, 2013 in Largo Milan 2 Andora
by David Nicholas Angerame
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opening hours until March 5, from Thursday to Sunday, from 15 to 19
In his second solo exhibition in Italy, the first exhibition in a public space, Jane McAdam Freud proposes a corpus of works from historical and recent series of sculptures, installations, photographs and works on paper with which the British artist reflects on the theme to she loved the “caring”, as its title indicates. This concept is declined in different ways and is about taking responsibility arising from family ties, the spiritual legacy of the artist and conceptual processes in their work.
In this exhibition, the British artist reflects on the relationship with their cultural roots and parents. Especially with his father and great-grandfather, respectively the English painter Lucian Freud and the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, to which the artist devotes several works. All the work of Jane possesses, in an original way, this ereditàà family is psychoanalysis, the internal investigation that even as a painter Lucian Freud was of fundamental importance.
Behind the portraits of his father and great-grandfather lies a human experience and emotional tones and dramatic passions immortal. Determined from a young age to be an artist, Jane approaches psychoanalysis through the stories that make him the paternal grandfather, Martin Freud, the eldest son of Sigmund and author of a book, “Sigmund Freud: Man and Father” (J. Aronson, New York, 1958) will become the source of all the biographies of the father of psychoanalysis.
Sigmund, Jane creates a “picture nominees” consists of a selection of drawings dedicated to the statues of the oldest civilizations of the father of psychoanalysis has been an avid collector. His collection, preserved in the Freud Museum in London (his last home) has about 2,000 pieces: from Etruscan statues in the Maya, those primitive African civilizations to those of ancient Greece and Rome, to the eastern empires. These are sculptures depicting gods, symbols of fertility and occult powers. Jane works of this collection during his artist in residence at the Freud Museum: portray the statues belonged to Sigmund is a little ‘how to do a portrait of his great-grandfather through objects that he had a special meaning and value.
The sculpture, drawing and conceptual art are the means by which Jane approach the side removed, but alive and influential branch of the family of Freud, found after over two decades away due to divorce early (Jane had to eight years) mother Katherine McAdam (fashion designer and illustrator) and her father Lucian Freud.
The Art of Jane eats this his “take care” of the world to her neighbor: that of family affection. They inspired, even formal, as when he meets the paintings of Francis Bacon, a personal friend of his father, and it turns out to be kidnapped as sculpture can take upon himself the character of the painting more violent and “defigurata” invented by the painter “maudit “Dublin. Thus the series of bronzes entitled “After Bacon” (proposed in the show) in which the bodies are molded from a manual fast and not without violence, which translates into the third dimension one of the most successful techniques because it is capable of reflecting the dramatic condition of contemporary man, the one from the Second World War. Jane translates this “way of seeing” Baconian in a sculpture pulse, capable of recording the brute force with which the gesture “out of control” and spontaneous imprinted in clay and is transmitted in bronze.
Focused on a “intuitive knowledge” and non-academic psychoanalysis, and the dimension of the unconscious, defined as the presence of “another” within us, the art of Jane McAdam Freud is enriched with series of works focused on the relationship with this knowledge, of which the artist takes care taking shape as an “affective heir” of the work of Freud. This is how the series of “Sayings of spirit,” made of vinyl and dedicated to puns (brilliantly analyzed by Sigmund Freud), paintings on paper that evoke abstract forms variously interpreted the famous Rorschach plates, spots of color where each of us “see” what his unconscious suggests. With some of them build in Jane shows an installation. Two other site-specific installations, especially designed for spaces of Palazzo Tagliaferro, will provide a further source of surprise and involvement of the public, in a show that is configured as a kind of visual puzzle, where each element has a specific meaning and almost hidden.
Sculptress of success, Jane McAdam Freud also offers several designs, which are the most immediate way for her to develop her relationship with the ancestors and with psychoanalysis. The image, more than words can reveal the desire, lack, removal, and impulsiveness of our conscious and unconscious life.
JANE McAdam Freud “PUT IN WORK” MECHANISMS AND THOSE THAT modus operandi of PSYCHE THAT HAS TESTED BY SIGMUND FREUD THE POWER OF THE WORD.
“I continue to portray my father to keep him alive,” says Jane. Some of his portraits of his father Lucian Freud (also caught on his deathbed: “I withdraw thyself when I can not paint anymore,” he said one day) denote affection and care moving. After studying at Saint Martin’s College and enthusiasts to Royale Academy in London, Jane finds its roots from the new encounter with his father. This leads to a deep and intense relationship, but without complacency or pathos. It is an encounter between two mature artists, even if they belong to different generations. The affection, which was removed for 23 years, can come to act and express themselves in the language of art. Lucian admires the work of his daughter and asks her to teach him how to carve. Jane loves the father shy and intense that it has lost in eight years and asked him, as the highest act of love, to be able to portray.
The design becomes the way back to appropriate the fatherly face. Lucian will acquiesce to the end of his life just before the turn off at the end of July 2011. Jane shows him sleeping and awake, not by chance. The dream and waking are two separate worlds that are subject to differing psychic laws, implementing energy and different powers. Jane is aware of this and these designs will draw a large sculpture of terracotta, a masterpiece exhibited in the most important exhibitions. It will draw a picture that is in time became an icon, “Us” (the show) sees the two faces of Jane and Lucian fused together in a collage that shows the incredible similarity, the inevitable paternity, beyond the dramatic vicissitudes of life. It is a work that speaks to Jane, of her own life but also to us, the dramatic experiences that each of us, individually, in their emotional life experiences, including breaks, meetings, confrontations and pacification. In the galaxy of family affection which, inevitably, each of us is called to “take care”.
The video “Dead or Alive” (2005-2006) closes the exhibition of multifaceted artist English. It is a fusion, a dialogue, between the wonderful collection of artifacts Freud and the portraits that the artist performs during his residence as an artist. The parental relationship is here assigned to the “neutral”, but emotionally powerful works of art of an ancient past, but hard to remember this in the power of sculpture. The music accompanying the images are of a composer friend of the artist who, while suffering from a serious debilitating ill, continues to compose and play. Jane admires the life force of those who do not give up and the film reflects this sensitivity against loss, death, but also of the meeting, of life.
Jane McAdam Freud has exhibited his art extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work has been acquired by the British Museum, London, Berlin State Museum, National Gallery of Greece, and the Archives of the National Gallery in London. It ‘also on permanent display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Graduated from the Royal College of Art, he received the British Art Medal Scholarship in Rome and the Italian award Mint State. Jane McAdam Freud lives and works in London and is an associate professor at Central St. Martins School of Art