Exhibitions: ARANEA

Guido Mocafico • Avicularia Aurantiaca, 2003 • C-print, 180 x 142 cm

Guido Mocafico • Avicularia Aurantiaca, 2003 • C-print, 180 x 142 cm

Guido Mocafico’s solo show at Hamiltons Gallery in London is an example how the right space can influence the viewer’s experience with a work greatly. While the iconic minimalist spider images were of interest, we were most impressed with the overall installation of the show and how well the space and lighting worked with the pieces. The darkened former church was the perfect backdrop for these hairy icons of our contemporary world. The images and the space worked together not only metaphorically but viscerally. Upon entering the darkened gallery the viewer is greeted by Mocafico’s giant spiders. On a primal level, there is a certain feeling of unease created by the juxtaposition of these images in the cavernous setting. If you missed the experience of the show, some of the installation images can still be seen on the Hamiltons Gallery website. Mocafico lives and works in Paris. The images from this show can be seen in his book, Aranea, published by Steidl.

www.hamiltonsgallery.com