PAOLA PIVI, UNTITLED (ZEBRAS)
Monday, December 3, 2012 – Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Edison ParkFast, West 18th Street at 10th Avenue
High Line Art is pleased to present Italian artist Paola Pivi’s Untitled (zebras) as part of HIGH LINE BILLBOARD, the 25-by-75-foot billboard located within the Edison ParkFast parking lot next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue. One of the artist’s most iconic images, the work will be on view from Monday, December 3, 2012 through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Pivi’s work is the seventh installment on HIGH LINE BILLBOARD, which has previously featured works by John Baldessari, Anne Collier, David Shrigley, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for Toilet Paper, Elad Lassry, and Thomas Bayrle.
One of Italy’s most eccentric artists, Paola Pivi has built her artistic practice on absurd projects and apparently impossible ventures carried out with the serious devotion of a scientist and the creative freedom of an unstoppable explorer. Through strategies of displacement and juxtaposition, Pivi has created a parallel universe in which categories, rules, and expectations are constantly subverted and re-invented. In various series of photographs and performances, Pivi has worked with animals to create dreamlike landscapes and fairy tale scenarios, in which disbelief is suspended and reality transformed into a hallucination.
For the High Line, Pivi presents one of her most iconic images, two zebras portrayed on a snowy mountaintop, standing under a deep blue, cloudless sky. This odd tableau questions the viewer’s notion of what is real and what is fake, while at the same time evoking the absolute freedom of making a foolish idea real. Unlike typical advertisements created with computer technology, Pivi’s photographs are all rigorously shot from life: each of her unconventional images is always carefully planned, staged, and photographed in real life.
Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art says, “Paola Pivi’s visionary energy treats reality as a flexible material, which can be re-invented and re-imagined as easily as we morph images on our computers and cell phones, but Pivi’s images are all real, never digitally manipulated. They are so hyper-real that they become impossible to believe.”
ABOUT PAOLA PIVI
Paola Pivi (b. 1971, Italy) lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Recent solo exhibitions include Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, Italy (2012 and 2000); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); Public Art Fund, New York (2012); Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2010); Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (2010); Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Milan (2008); Portikus, Frankfurt (2008); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2007); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2006); and Wrong Gallery, Frieze Art Fair, London (2005). Major group exhibitions include Stazione Leopolda, Florence (2011); Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); Tate Modern, London (2009); Deitch Projects, New York (2009); 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2008); MoMA PS 1, New York (2007); Kontracom06, Salzburg (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); Venice Biennial (2003 and 1999); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001). Pivi is represented by Massimo De Carlo, Milano/London.
SUPPORT High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Space for HIGH LINE BILLBOARD is donated by ParkFast.com.