"Ulysses" di Emilio Isgrò




M77 Gallery, Milan – Italy


Emilio Isgrò
M77 Gallery
Claire Gilman

The theme of the "journey" is the common thread that surrounds ancient myths, legends and heroes that are mentioned in this exhibition. Maestro Isgrò presents works in which literature appears starting from the Greek universe, with the figure of the "multifaceted" Ulysses of the Homeric Odyssey arriving at Dante's Divine Comedy, where the hero is remembered as a symbol of the human thirst for knowledge . The route continues towards James Joyce and Herman Melville: Captain Ahab from Moby Dick becomes a modern Odysseus.
When visiting the exhibition which unfolds over two floors of the M77 Gallery, the spectator himself becomes the protagonist of a journey, initially among geographical maps placed on the walls and a planetarium hanging from the ceiling with eight globes: all rigorously erased. Then going up you are amazed by a site-specific work, a large erased pictogram from which the tail of the famous white whale emerges.
The word once again, first, stands out and becomes the spokesperson for a narrative that certainly develops through images but which has as its starting point human literary production, of great masterpieces that have shaped and still shape our world.
The lighting project is structured as follows:
On the ground floor, track-mounted projectors with a controlled light beam emit limited lighting exclusively on the vertical planes. The perimeter walls are thus highlighted with particular attention to the areas where the works are displayed.
The restitution of the volumes of the globe installation suspended in the center of the space is shaped by two shapers placed in the corners to limit glare.
Average illuminance values ​​on the works equal to 250 lux are reported.
On the first floor, lines of LEDs installed on chains produce indirect and homogeneous lighting on the exhibition walls. The books displayed in the central part are illuminated by the general light produced by the environment. In the corridors adjacent to the central room, linear fixtures with diffused light help illuminate the works displayed on the walls.