Charles Mason : cul - de - sac
Charles Mason will be showing four new sculptures in Venice.
Mason’s work generally is concerned with the ways that human beings present and represent themselves, one to another - both in terms of ideas and by means of manifest structural forms. He is particularly interested in ideas surrounding wholeness and identity making objects that create a slippage allowing them to exist somewhere between the categories of things and the properties of things
The Oratorio di San Ludovico is a small church built in the 16th Century with money left by doge Ludovico Priuli. In his will, he commissioned a building to house twelve elderly impoverished men of Venice in honor of the Apostles. The building, standing at the end of a cul - de -sac in Venice, comprised a hostel with an interconnecting small Oratorio/church constructed for the inmates devotion. The institution Ospizio Priuli still survives, functioning today as it did in the 16th C, although now on a new site in Venice. The Oratorio has recently been restored by gallery Nuova Icona.
The exhibition is co-curated by Vittorio Urbani of Nuova Icona Gallery and by Simon Wallis of the Tate Gallery Liverpool whose critical text is included in a catalogue accompanying both exhibitions(press release)
supported by the British Council