Rä di Martino – Poor Poor Jerry – Copperfield Gallery
Rä di Martino
Poor Poor Jerry
22 March – 6 May 2018
Rä di Martino’s ‘Poor Poor Jerry’ at Copperfield in London, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, draws on the language of animation and film to develop an emotive, absurd and chaotic narrative that cherry picks from cinematographies audio history.
“Over time, music, cinema and television has built a sharable and common imaginary, intertwining on many levels, and forming a free sentimental encyclopedia not based on an alphabetic or gender order. A set of signs apt to determine ages, places and experiences, both on a collective and personal level. Even if for many this experience becomes an instrument to better arrange emotions and build personal maps with which to move inside reality through the association of memories, for someone else it represents a burden from which it’s impossible to get free, a dead weight hindering new thoughts and original visions.
Poor Poor Jerry investigates our collective awareness, overlapping the deeds of an icon of an American animated series and desert landscapes of Lanzarote with pop cinema soundtracks and dialogues.” – Introduction by curator, Davide Giannella
Poor poor Jerry was produced with the support of Snaporazverein and Marsèlleria, Milano.
Rä di Martino (b.1975 Rome) deals principally with our perception of reality and fiction, drawing attention to the absurdity of representing either. The artist’s background in theatre and her passion for film emerge not just in her videos, but in photographic and installation work. Sets, actors and props are used variously to pick apart subjects as diverse as human relationships, cinematographic traditions, the theatre of war, and the fabrication of history.
Di Martino is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and holds an MA from the Slade School of Art. Her recent solo exhibitions include: The Day He Swims Thru Marrakech, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan (2017); Rä di Martino, Monica de Cardenas Gallery, Milan (2017); Rä di Martino, Marselleria, Milan (2017); Certo e ch-io nacqui, Istituto Nazionale della Grafica, Rome (2015); On Making a Circle to Swim Under Water, Collicaligreggi Gallery, Catania (2015); Rä di Martino, Museion, Bolzano (2014); Rä di Martino, MAXX Project, Sierre (CH) (2014); Marilyn, Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice (2014); Rä di Martino – Greater Torino, Fondazione Sandretto, Turin (2012); La controfigura – The Stand-In, Monitor Gallery, Rome (2011); Rä di Martino (Artscape at) Vartaj Gallery (2010); Rä di Martino, Artissima, Turin (2010); The Night Walker and Other Works, CAV, Coimbra (2009); Rä di Martino, Espaces Doll – Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne (2008).