MUSICA: Michele Ardu
“Beethoven said that music speaks. Critics try to explain everything that every song would like to tell us.[...]
What nobody has ever shown us is the face of music. Not the soul, but its true aspect, its face, its expression and even its movements.[...]
What the photographer Michele Ardu managed to capture with one click is the actual face of these songs. "
Nicola Pinna, La Stampa
Michele ArduMaybe it’s time – (Bradley Cooper, from A Star is Born)MUSICA , 2019
Michele ArduCandle in the Wind - Candle in the Wind – (Elton John)MUSICA, 2017
Michele ArduI am just the shadow of the man I used to be (Queen)MUSICA, 2017
Michele ArduWish you were here – Wish you were here (Pink Floyd)MUSICA, 2018
Michele ArduDo you think you can tell - Wish you were here – (Pink Floyd)MUSICA, 2018
Michele ArduPlease forgive me (Bryan Adams)MUSICA, 2019
Michele ArduNuvole Bianche – (Ludovico Einaudi), MUSICA, 2018
Cris Contini Contemporary is proud to present: Musica an exhibition of photography by Michele Ardu.
Have you ever seen the shapes of sound?
Ardu’s Musica exhibition exposes the viewer to a completely new visual sound experience - by seeing it. The shapes of music are captured in this mesmerising sound portraits photographic exhibition.
The energy of the sound waves hits the smoke breaking its equilibrium and letting the sound creating its own shapes.To Michele Ardu, the flow of smoke is like the timeline of our lives. Any sound wave and notes hitting this stream of smoke can be seen as a person or an event crossing our life in a specific given moment.
Combination of factors affect the stream of smoke as well as life and the shape generated cannot be repeated, cannot ever be identical to any other, as created by sound lasts a single instant and will never be perfectly identical to the others. Just like the moments of our lives, sometimes they might look similar, but they are always new and different.
Ardu used songs by Pink Floyd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Zucchero, Ludovico Einaudi to name a few, and creates a new perception of sound as a sculpted meanings, painted by the waves of sound. In his works, Michele Ardu expresses the mutable nature of life itself, with all of its factors and unpredictabilities, showing the impossibility to grasp any moment for longer than a just a second.
Like an untouchable statue, the smoke and the music always change shapes, intact the same way.