Fabio Barile: An Investigation of the Laws Observable in the Composition, Dissolution and Restoration of Land

Matèria is pleased to present An Investigation of the laws observable in the composition, dissolution and restoration of land, Fabio Barile’s second exhibition at the gallery.

The body of work draws its research material from James Hutton’s book ‘Theory of the Earth’, and photographic works such as Timothy O’Sullivan’s ‘Geological survey of the 40th parallel’, Bernice Abbott’s ‘Documenting science’ and the Gaetano Ponte Archive.

Dolostone outcrop in the Campo Imperatore plateau, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, Abruzzo, Italy. 2015

The work is an analysis developed through geological evidence, photographic experimentation and analogue modelling of the intricate and complex elements that characterize the land we live upon. Barile creates a wide array of imagery, that when condensed, unravels a panorama through which we can attempt a detailed “reading” of the landscape and its history. The attempt of reading through images entails the consideration of the complexity generated by the occurrence of natural processes over the course of the 4.5 billion years of history, during which the land, compressed, eroded and melted, generates the perceived and illusory stillness of the landscape we experience.

Solfatara of Canale Monterano. Manziana, Lazio. 2016

The project aims to dialogue with the history of our planet, going beyond human existence by paying homage to the brilliance of people, who through science create order out of disorder by making unprecedented connections between disparate elements and therefore opening new perspectives in the field of human knowledge.

Website: fabiobarile.com

Exhibition: 16.03.2017 – 11.05.2017

Via Tiburtina 149
Rome, Rm 00185, Italy

Study n°1 #1 on the Hawaiian hot spot and volcanic chain formation. Tea candle and 4×5” Kodak Tri-X Film, 2016
# 1, Simulation of a landslide in darkroom with sand, developer and chromogenic paper. 2015
# 2, Simulation of a landslide in darkroom with sand, developer and chromogenic paper. 2015
‘Su carongiu de fanari’ An andesitic mega pillow situated near the little town of Masullas, in the miocenic hills south of Monte Arci. It develops approximately along a 12 meters front and shows a pronounced radial cracking on the east side that gives it a characteristic rose window shape. The west side shows the globular structure of the single pillows. They have a diameter of about 20 centimeters and are stacked one on top of the other, exactly how they were placed by the submarine eruption. Masullas, OR, Sardinia. 2016
Study n°2 on the Hawaiian hot spot and volcanic chain formation, tea candle and 120mm film roll 2016
Untitled #7 2016
Untitled landscape #6 2015
View of the fossil tidal notch dating 12.000 YA and the present day Tidal notch in the Orosei Gulf, Sardinia. 2016
Study on the earth magnetic field. 2016