Assab One, Milano

GOLDWATCH is the narration of a peculiar period of physical isolation that unfolded in a series of images depicted within the walls of a garden adjacent to the artist’s studio. The process is a metaphor for a moment in which the hours were all the same and, like the space, have acquired new dimension. Compelled to the new intimacy both time and space had to be measured in somehow different units.

The walls form a shape of a square, which reminded the artist of a clock dial, hence he decided to divide the space in 24 fractions. He then portrayed them daily en plain air, whilst nature recklessly bloomed into spring, ignoring the world that came to a standstill.

The name of the project–GOLDWATCH–has been taken from a memorable scene of Quentin Tarantino’s movie Pulp Fiction. It sums up the building elements of the narration of the project: the square dial of the garden, the relentless passing of hours, the changing of the seasons, gold’s abstract separation of background and a symbolic value of inheritance, received only to be passed on. The works are of the same dimensions. On the 24 larger works the landscape is painted on a golden background, as a reference to spiritual and limitless dimension of space from Medieval gold-ground art. It’s the artist’s way of reflecting on the imposed necessity to make a new beginning.

The result of the process that led to the exhibition is divided into three cycles, each consisting of 72 works. The first 24 days were broadcasted live via the Instagram profile (@velascovitali)