The exhibition’s starting point is an Italian proverb, Mogli e buoi dei paesi tuoi , which restates the patriarchal commandment of creating work and family in ones birthplace. It is a proverb, which is similar to others such as get to know the birds in your own backyard, in the English language, or in German bleibe im Lande und nahre dich redlich . Actually, in the German version, the final adjective adds to the concept that the vicinity of people to the place of origin brings sincerity to the relationship. Here the objects trouvé fuses the expressive means to narrate the landscape of the Marche region. It is a territory immersed in rural culture, but also rich in historically rooted artistic experiences, which lead Paula Metallo to analyze Piero della Francesca’s viewpoint from the hills of Urbino through the eyes of the Duke and Duchess of Montefeltro, and bring back to us her considerations. Robert Rauschenberg, in an interview with Alain Sayag in 1981, commented that his most important experiences in a foreign country were when he found himself lost … “Because it’s when you get lost that you look more intensely”. Paula Metallo, with admirable fabrication, almost in a world of make-believe, transforms with extreme lightness exactly that wagon, the wedding biroccio, ready for the introductory journey towards the house of the groom, in a delicate, painted veil.In a time before the car.
This is a showing in collaboration with a 12 week course of environmental studies with the association of midwestern colleges from the U.S.A. at the geological observatory gallery in Italy, titled Take and Give. At the end of the course the students have their own showing, each finishing a work that goes with a collaborative theme titled Give and Take, keeping in mind their title concept all during the rest of their 12 week excursions, whether they pertain to the geology, geography, anthropology, archeology or history of the places they will be experiencing.
Take and Give
The collision of Native Americans with the ‘other world peoples’ was like a meteoritic impact. It caused a change in the environment in a very short time that brought diseases, mining, dams and destruction of habitats. This is a unique moment in history and a pivotal time in man’s rapport with the Earth.
Geology puts us face to face with the impermanent and the enduring. The natives that lived in North America and their struggle to evolve and maintain shows that their story is a grappling with Inescapable change and resilient qualities.
We now have a clearer picture of the cause and effect circumstances slowly brought on by this hard to define word ‘progress’ that also connotes a continuous failure to protect and preserve the place where we live. I am interested in what was taken, through this causation, and symbolically ‘give it back’.
This work addresses earthquakes, specifically in Italy. It is stereotypical that in the face of natural and human tragedies Italians tend to dramatize. But is passively waiting, and not preparing for earthquakes, particularly Italian? I refer to Italian neo realist films, in order to better understand the relationship Italians have with human tragedy, and choose frames that seemingly catch famous Italians in the exact moment that something awful is about to happen. I place these images alongside more abstract images of geological and seismic information, literally putting them face to face with a tectonic reality. Along with, paintings on canvas the research includes a series of small plates representing the most disastrous earthquakes in the history of Italy. Each plate is decorated in the typical tradition of that region along with information about that particular earthquake (date, epicenter, magnitude and number of victims). It is meant to give an immediate visual representation to the viewer of the breadth of Italian seismic activity. In another way the series is meant to persuade Italians to relate to the reality under their feet by greeting their regional sensibilities. Each plate has a diameter of 7cm. and is hand drawn on a plastic material called Shrinky Dink that shrinks and hardens in the oven. The work will be shown in Gibellina. ( province of Trapani, the nw corner of Sicily) with the fondazione orestiadi, on October 8, 2011 and curated by Achille Bonito Oliva. The town of Gibellina was destroyed by an earthquake in 1968 and later was turned into a work of art by the artist Alberto Burri.
Rieskrater-Museum in Nördlingen, Germany 2010. A Crater Museum located in a town that was built on a meteorite crater. The art work was in some way connected to the concept of holes in the earth. The exhibition concentrated on integrating the artwork into the science exhibitions in the museums in unusual ways.
Because the Natural History Museum is a home for many disciplines, it makes it a good base for art/science cross-pollination, and presents the art work in a scientific context, providing a symbol of such an interdisciplinary approach. A major influence for this exhibit was Alexander von Humboldt, with his research and discoveries in all fields (from mineralogy to volcanology to biology and glaciology), and especially his approach to unifying all aspects of the physical world. The title of the exhibit, (Un)measuring the World, pays homage to Humboldt as well as to Daniel Kehlmann's book on Humboldt, and at the same time provides a comparison of the concepts measuring and unmeasuring, as in comparing science and art. Dona Jalufka and Paula Metallo, (Un)Measuring the World, Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin, 29.8 - 30.10, 2009
Show with Wizard of Oz theme at the G. Mestica Theater, Apiro, in le Marche Italy. The show was commissioned by the community in collaboration with the 34th annual international folk dance festival and dedicated to all the mixed marriages in the small town brought on by this unique yearly exchange of cultures. The show intends to make visual what it feels like to live far away from Home.Summer 2008
Crater themed show for the Penrose geological conference in Ancona, Italy, 2008
Gallery Il Gioco, 2006
Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, February 2007
Drunkards Path, Paula and Tim Metallo, 19th& Union gallery, Oakland, Ca. 2006
Fuorizona Artecontemporanea, Macerata, Italy 2005
ABC Treehouse Gallery, Amsterdam, 2004-2005
American Holidays, solo show, Sesto Senso Gallery, Bologna, 2003
Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino, solo show, Ancona, 2001
Two artist show, Galleria Mari e Monti, Macerata, Italy, 2000
Murals commissioned by the Museo Trentino di Scienze Naturali for the show "Il Diluvio Universale", Trento, Italy, 2000
A group of paintings and drawings on hygienic toilet seat covers, Hotel Excelsior-La Fonte, Portonovo di Ancona, Italy, 1995