Mariella Bettineschi: Voyager

Project Room 2 May 13–Aug 19, 2006

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Mariella Bettineschi, Spaceship, 2005

Conceptual artist Mariella Bettineschi has garnered acclaim in her home country of Italy since the early 1980s. Voyager highlighted portions of her oeuvre from 1999 to 2005, and was Bettineschi’s first West Coast museum exhibition. Though abstracted, Voyager nonetheless told a science-fiction story–of a young woman’s journey through space and time on a quest for omniscience. For SMMoA, Bettineschi created an installation comprising two bodies of work that formed a visual mosaic. The first, a series of light boxes titled At the Speed of Light (2005), transmitted rich colored and gestural light drawings and motion-altered photographs suggesting extraterrestrial travel. The second, Spaceship (1999), consisted of images printed directly on Plexiglas in reflective silver and black, portraying real and imaginary flying machines. Both series used the transparency and luminosity of the glass to combine the poetic and the ethereal with the mechanized and the concrete. At once slick and haunting, Bettineschi’s work transported the viewer to an alternate universe.