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'Armoires are the cockroaches of our culture’

Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

The latest work entitled “Don’t You Feel, Somehow, Buried in History?” is a reflection on the obsession of collecting. But who is collecting what? Is it the collector that follows his insatiable passion for fine, beautiful furniture or is it the artist that collects just mere photographic re-productions of it? Giardi sourced all his cuttings of craft and antique/modern furniture from auction house catalogues.

In imitating the appearance of a ‘cabinet de curiosités’, the artist wants to shift the discourse from art to interior design and vice-versa. The construct within the frame obeys, like in a cabinet, the laws of gravity, but not the ones of proportion, perspective and size. The result is an unsettling cityscape where statuettes and figurines become monuments, table lamps become lamp-posts, and glass vases become skyscrapers.

Through manic accumulation within the space of the small single page the ‘cabinet de curiosités’ is reduced to a decorative junkyard, a warehouse for the unwanted, for the un-dead.

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