Florian Neufeldt carries on his research on the relationships between architectures, objects and matter, a path based on the idea of space, particularly with regard to mental space. The works by Neufeldt, indeed, are the result of a process of deconstruction and reconstruction which mostly takes place at thought level, starting from the evocative impressions offered to the artist by the expressive potential he himself sees in imagining the transformations to which he submits the objects used as starting points for his sculptures.
The objets trouvés that make up the artist’s imaginary are not collected, selected and used as found objects, but as matter capable of being transformed. Neufeldt is interested in the identity of the selected object and in the identity of the new shape he donates to that object, identities that are linked by a line differential which saves the memory of the previous object and, at the same time, creates a new shape provided with a strong power of abstraction. They are two halves of the same whole that finds its completion first in the visual and then in the mental perception. And this creates a vicious circle: the work comes to life in the artist’s mind and passes through the transformation of the matter, it is captured by the beholders’ eye to end its journey in their mind.
Stray Currents deals indeed with the way everyday use objects are perceived, particularly exploring their relationship with energy, in the form of electric energy, when they are processed and modified so as to become conductor devices throughout which current flows, and which partly is dispersed into the environment. The works on display are connected with the Gallery’s electrical system, so that the activation or deactivation of the electrical current directly influences their essence as inert objects, that is their being conductors. The work is therefore activated in this function of energy conduction, in a symbolic and also material sense.
Stray Currents by Florian Neufeldt
The Gallery Apart, Rome
Through May 27
Courtesy The Gallery Apart, Rome