Danilo Correale

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Part 1 of 4

Danilo Correale has consistently explored temporality and the notion of “unproductivity” in his work. For this project, Correale is creating extensive lists that catalogue a variety of thoughts, concepts, artistic mediums, places, personal and societal issues, and details of unrealized projects. Together, these words and phrases create an archive of the artist’s interests, capturing the ways in which ideas shift, change, and persist over time. Correale’s first submission consists of a series of three photographs, each depicting a crumpled sheet of paper with lengthy lists that itemize such data. Correale will continue to juxtapose “productive” and “unproductive” acts throughout the coming weeks in an attempt to question our perception of these qualities and to think about how our understanding of time is fluctuating  during this unprecedented moment.

Project Statement

"A Painting on the history of humankind from the perspective of care.

A Sculpture on the value of time according to wealth and happiness.

A Drawing to describe the sedimentation of dust on the interiors of a parked Tesla Model X.

A Video on the history of big-data and trust. A performance to take place on a highway.

A Book on the history of lazy-boy in vernacular culture. An Installation about domesticity and idleness.

A hypnotherapy session in preparation for a future without work…" - Danilo Correale

Part 2 of 4

Stuck in Nantucket in a vacation rental since the beginning of the U.S. lockdown in March, Danilo Correale is working with the minimal possessions he brought with him for what was supposed to be a long weekend trip. Pens, printer paper, and his laptop, the artist is situated in unfamiliar surroundings reflecting on a period where social norms are up for revision. Correale has begun methodically listing the ideas, subjects, and unrealized or failed projects that have occupied his memory to create a cartography of his own thought. Read together, his lists take on the staccato of a manifesto, mapping an emotional trajectory. The next step of his process is enforcing order on the items in his list and proposing connections – some direct, others tenuous, which is recorded in an animated video tracking his evolutions of thought.

Artist Statement

A Website on productivity in times of crisis,

A playlist on Solidarity,

A Web series on circadian rhythms and chronopolitcs,

A Cooking performance addressing food and climate-changing,

A series of ten billboards about guided meditation,

A Flash mob on the collapse of capitalism to take place on September 8th,

A visual essay about the future of work,

A Sci-Fi novel on cosmism and astronaut strikes in deep space,

Occupy a Museum,

A List of projects artists could work on while at home,

A cartography of my bedroom.

Part 3 of 4

Danilo Correale’s quarantine in an unexpected location has compelled the artist to meditate on concepts familiar to his practice—such as the notion of (un)productivity—through a more personal lens. Creating lengthy and ongoing lists of his artistic projects and endeavors—realized, unrealized, yet to be conceptualized, or still in progress—Correale looks inward as a means of both charting and reflecting upon his past, present, and future. This week, Correale moves away from digital renderings of this data and, instead, incorporates his own hand into the work. This shift towards manual labor more aptly suits his current contemplative state and allows him to ruminate deeply on the notion of time, especially as it relates to completing an artwork in this unprecedented time.

Artist Statement

A series of ten billboards about guided meditation.

A Flash mob on the collapse of capitalism to take place in September.

A visual essay about the future of work.

A Sci-Fi novel on cosmism and astronaut strikes in deep space.

Occupy a Museum.

A neon installation on surveillance.

A series of interviews with random people about boredom.

A choreographed protest, including a large number of banners, themed on the struggle of logistic workers.

Part 4 of 4

Danilo Correale, in starting Homemade, took the concepts and themes that informed his larger practice – the effects of late-stage capitalism, work life productivity, boredom – and put them to task in the new world that is being forged within this pandemic. In addition to continuing his own creative practice, Correale has been involved with artist advocacy groups, campaigning for the creation of a more equitable art world upon reopening. Compiled in fragments, the final work comprises an exercise in mapping and finding connections between the artists interests - forming a sort of index of ideas that have occupied him during this period. Created through a labor intensive nearly performative process of hand reproducing typographic characters, Correale used his body to inform the scale.

Artist Statement

A helpline providing tips on how to do nothing when nobody is around you.

A workshop on dreams and desires of different ethnic communities living in the same neighborhood, collected through a survey and presented as large silkscreen prints.

About the artist

Danilo Correale (b. 1982, Naples, Italy) is an artist and researcher whose work investigates labor, leisure, and laziness as metaphorical lenses into the post-modern sociopolitical and economic landscape. Correale has had solo exhibitions at MAC, Ireland (2019); Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York (2018); and Art in General, New York (2017), among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York (2019); Hessel Museum, Bard College, New York (2019); The Drawing Center, New York (2016); and the Madre Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples (2015). In addition, his work was presented at the XXII Triennale, Milan, and the Fifth Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (both in 2019); the Fourth Istanbul Design Biennial (2018); and Artissima, Turin (2015). He was awarded the Premio New York in 2017. Correale lives and works in New York.