7 Feb-13 March 2004. Folded-up paintings at a new gallery that comes to Rome from Naples. Tues-Sat 16.30-20.30.
Lengths of distressed canvas lie on the floor in boxes with glass tops, or in glass-topped boxes hanging on the walls. When the artist, an Australian working in Los Angeles, is asked what it is all about, he explains: "They are all folded-up paintings." The hip viewer knows how to answer: "And you cant undo them, and you cant see the paintings." "Right!" nods Carroll, smiling gleefully. His is a right case of classic conceptual chic.
This branch of the well-known Neapolitan avant-garde gallery has just opened on Piazza del Fico, in the very heart of mediaeval and baroque Rome. Close to it is a little vegetable store, its walls lined by the nave attempts of its owner to copy celebrated masterworks. These two extremes the spare ambitious wanting-to-be "with it" art, and the other not even dreaming what "with it" means make an amusing contrast. Edith Schloss