Dan Witz in Rome
Wunderkammern continues it’s roll of bringing high-level international street art to Rome with Public and Confidential, the new exhibition by American artist Dan Witz. The show opens this Saturday, September 28, and as is typical of Wunderkammern’s work, the artist has arrived early to put some work out into the streets. A stroll around Torpignattara yesterday, where the gallery is located, led me to two of the many pieces he’s installing around town. Subtle works, they blend into their environment and have you scanning every door, electrical panel doors, and more for the installations. The two pieces I found are representations of the FREE PUSSY (Riot) and Prisoner series that Witz began in 2012 in conjunction with Amnesty International. In addition, pieces from his new series Natural History, are also around town and will be represented in the show.
The first time I saw one of Dan’s works in person was in Bushwick this past winter. I was struck by how well he blends the pieces into the surroundings, almost lulling you into the idea that it really belongs there and then all of a sudden you realize there is a figure behind this grate, window, etc. The idea of separation and barriers between us, to really put out in public the people we know are behind bars or animals caged by humans and force you to face something you want to close your eyes and ignore. It’s often quite easy for us as a society to turn off the TV or close the newspaper and forget about a tragedy we’ve read, it’s another thing to look someone in the face, to see their suffering and to forget that. Important and powerful works, Dan’s pieces push into public things often kept behind closed doors in a way of using street art to really be provocative and make you think.
The artist will be present at the opening and signing copies of the catalog “In Plain View; 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise.”
Public and Confidential
curated by Giuseppe Ottavianelli
September 28 – November 17
via Gabrio Serbelloni 124, Roma