Welcome to the Jungle

2017

Welcome to the Jungle is a chapter-based project. It results from a personal reflection on the contemporary art system, on its dynamics and protagonists. The core of the project is occupied by the series of dioramas Welcome to the Jungle, which gives title to the whole project: in it, Urso enacts a playful dialogue with the 20th century masters from the art field. In each box, the masters/superheroes are placed into a hostile environment: the jungle is, indeed, the art system itself; on the horizon, among predators and other animals, there is a museum; it stands out in a forest, far away and difficult to reach. However, the example of these great artists shows that it is possible to get there. The series is a meditation on the contemporary art system by reading the experiences of past artists.

Welcome to the Jungle is a chapter-based project. It results from a personal reflection on the contemporary art system, on its dynamics and protagonists. This series of big scale collages (framed on wooden support with transparent background), especially focuses on the role of museums and audience. In the three collages are represented respectively Guggenheim (New York), National Gallery (London) and Maxxi (Rome), immersed in a natural setting. The three institutions are surrendered by people, taken from pictures of a museum’s audience. The idea is to reflect on the role of the museum institution, its charm and its seductive power.

This serie consists of four dioramas: each one is composed by layering several sheets of transparent glass, assembled inside a wooden structure. Each piece of the series represents a contemporary worldwide celebrated artwork, created by artists such as Wim Delvoy, Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan and Katarzyna Kozera. The work is placed at the center of the composition, surrounded by people: the audience takes part in the spectacular exhibition of the piece. However, all the scene is taking place on a deserted background. The series is a reflection on the role of glamour and hype in the contemporary art system. Note: the observer can interact with the works, sliding the glass sheets, moving the various figures and changing the scene.