Dialoghi – David Simpson // Francesco Bertocco


Office Project Room is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by Francesco Bertocco (Milan, 1983), in dialogue with the work Late Lilac (2006) by David Simpson (Pasedena, 1928). The show opens the exhibition cycle Dialoghi – a project that establishes a dialogue between younger and more established artists, where respective working methodologies, references, and subtle and explicit influences and resemblances are renewed in each exhibition moment.
The work presented by Francesco Bertocco begins with an investigation of the locus of therapy – an intense physical setting, with its own particular geography and volumes; and a psychological space in which the tensions and dramaturges of the IO are projected. In Praxis (2018), a series of photographs explore the original setting, Sigmund Freud’s study at 19 Berggasse in Vienna. The images shift from the traces left by the patients inside the waiting room, to the details of the surfaces that make up Freud’s original study, in a constant link of signs that define the place and its history. The setting becomes a social space, in which the dynamics between patient and therapist are defined in a process of continuous transformation and exchange.
As in the main works of Simpson, Late Lilac (2006) – belonging to a private collection – considers the coexistence of multiple levels of perception and reading, using chromatic abstractions with interferential properties. The surfaces of his paintings change depending on the viewer’s angle of perspective. This change highlights a relationship in continuous becoming, between the spectator and the work, building a bond that is renewed, each time, in each painting. 

FRANCESCO BERTOCCO is a visual artist and filmmaker. Solo exhibitions include: la rada – spazio per l’arte contemporanea (solo screen), Locarno; Through a glass darkly – BACO, Bergamo; Allegoria (con Alberto Grifi) – Viafarini DOCVA, Milan; Eclissi – MAGA Museo Arte, Gallarate; Focus Group – ROOM Gallery, Milan; Role Play – Lucie Fontaine, Milan.
Group exhibitions and screenings include: 13th Bienal de Artes Mediales – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago, Chile; Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgarter; Glitch.
Interferences between art and cinema in Italy, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan and OCAT, Shanghai;
Lo schermo dell’Arte –Villa Romana, Florence; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Artevision – Museo del 900‘, Milan; Visions du Réel 2014 International Documentary Festival, Nyon; Mediterranea 16 Errors Allowed, Ancona; Luigi Pecci Center of Contemporary Art in Prato; Fondazione Merz, Turin; Festival International Filmmaker, Milan.

DAVID SIMPSON exhibits his work from the 50s in Europe, Asia and the United States. His work is present in important collections, including the Panza Collection, Varese; the Cantonal Art Museum, Lugano, Switzerland; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Seattle Museum of Art, WA; National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C .; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago; and the MART of Trento and Rovereto.