Carlito Dalceggio: Mythologia Libre
May 3rd – May 24, 2019
332 Canal Street, New York, NY, 10013
VIP and Collector Preview
May 3rd // 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening with Gem&Bolt
May 8th // 7:00 pm
Boho Manifesto book launch
May 21st // 6:00 pm
“Can you hear that distant drum beat…the smell of summer in the air?” That is the vibe that multimedia artist Carlito Dalceggio carries with him at all times. He brought his immersive multimedia experience–a full exhibition of his current work–to New York’s Canal Street, which opened on May 3rd and is on view until May 24th with free access to the public. The show, titled Mythologia Libre, includes daily performances and specialized events throughout the month. Taking place on Canal Street, the public installation introduces a portal leading to a realm free of contemporary reference – a space where painting, sculpture, poetry, music, film installation and performance exist solely to usher visitors through to the unknown beauty and mystery of the universe – where art exists as a primal scream.
You may recognize Carlito’s work from his Freedom Temple installation in Mexico City’s Plaza Santo Domingo. Walking into his studio at Mana Contemporary is like wandering into the depths of some tribal congregation or ritualistic sacrifice. Always a party, yet the artist is always creating something, he seems trancelike and methodical in every gesture. Dalceggio focuses on experiences, creating environments that seem to transport viewers into another world, one both ancient-feeling and futuristic at the same time.
“Mythology libre is a manifesto for the liberation of the spirit. These visions emerge from vivid dreams and spontaneous visions as bridges from the ancestors to our world, Seeking to find my reason to exist; to answer universal questions: Mythologia libre is a scream for peace, journey to my unknown: uncompleted, unfinished, dripping, romantic, exploding, raw and intuitive, defying all rules. Mythologia libre travels back to the depth of times to reach the origin – TO ERASE ALL BOUNDARIES.” -Carlito Dalceggio
A manifesto-exhibition-vision, Mythologia Libre expands the boundaries of art as a multimedia life experience. Pushing through our real-time perceptions, visitors enter the exhibition by crossing a physical threshold through which they journey into futuristic sacred time, where the ancient, primordial sense of wonder and instinct meets as-of-yet undiscovered technology – and ultimate freedom exists through simultaneous chaos and balance. This avant-gard spiritual world serves through beauty as a manifesto for the liberation of the human spirit. Mythologia Libre is free and open to the public. Dalceggio guides visitors through vision manifestation, the fundamentals of mythological existence, and the rejection of commercial art boundaries. The true mission of the installation is to bring primordial resonance to contemporary culture, a phenomenon that, though verbalized differently according to demographic, is a unique but universal experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Carlito Dalceggio’s philosophy and work weave mythology, upheaval, and the flux of art and life with focused intention as he strives with every action through his practice to merge these concepts. Creating a “mythology of now”, Dalceggio orchestrates public murals, sculptures, painted temples and other totems steeped in ritual informed by birth and death celebrations such as Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico and the whirling dervishes of Turkey, as well as the unconventional innovators and radicals of beat poetry and jazz musicians. His ultimate quest through these social experiences is to create a borderless reality where art becomes a shamanic means of expressing freedom through universal, spiritual communion. Carlito Dalceggio is a multimedia artist currently based in New York City widely known for his public installations and happenings. Born in a remote fishing village near Quebec in 1971, the artist – a self-described nomadic visionary – has created numerous community-centric works in Mexico City, Paris, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and beyond. Currently, in residence at Mana Contemporary, Dalceggio is continuously exploring painting as a ritual of liberation. Mythologia Libre is free and open to the public. To learn more click here.