Helidon Xhixha has been invited by the Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, to produce a site specific exhibition at the worldwide famous Boboli Garden in Florence. The show, entitled "In Ordine Sparso", is set to be unveiled this summer to great anticipation.
The exhibition itself will be an exploration of themes surrounding Chaos and Order. Xhixha's investigation has resulted in an ambitious series of monumental sculptures, demonstrating the artist's recognition and subsequent understanding of the depth of this fascinating subject.
Helidon Xhixha has developed an iconic and instantly recognizable style of sculpture over the course of his career. The artist has become renowned for his abstract forms that he has manipulated from mirror-polished stainless steel.
It is through his highly skilled intervention on steel; in which perfectly flat, seamless planes become suddenly distorted and disturbed, that Xhixha is in fact creating a visual commentary on the interplay between metal and light, between the physical and the intangible; whilst simultaneously touching on powerful philosophical concepts. These grand objects of immense beauty have earned Xhixha great success in recent years, including participating to the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and winning the people's choice award at the London Design Biennale in 2016, where he represented his home country, Albania. These accolades have no doubt contributed to Xhixha's rise into the upper echelons of the art world, making him some of the most recognised artist in the international contemporary art scene.
Born into a family of artists, Xhixha grew up with an inherent respect for the Arts. His passion for sculpting was instilled in him early through his Father and he has consequently achieved continued success for his iconic stainless steel structures, which now feature in public and private collections on a global arena. In an attempt to tackle the deeply complex ideas of Chaos and Order, Xhixha has directed his investigation of these highly ambitious themes toward nature and sacred geometry. The exhibition itself can be subsequently divided between the two opposing poles of Chaos and Order through the artist's intervention in the Limonaia of the Boboli Garden's. Exploiting the chaos already present within the nature of the garden, Xhixha uses his highly refined skill set to push these ideas further through his sculptural works. It must be said that Xhixha has responded eloquently, while drawing inspiration from the seemingly random formations of the crystal caves of Naica in Mexico.
The installation acts as a visual and immersive response to the idea of chaos itself, no underlying patterns or regularities are discernible within the layout; yet still beauty can be found in the abstract and the random.
Juxtaposed to these ideas of Chaos sits the artist contrasting exploration into Order, with his forms drawn from concepts surrounding sacred geometry. Xhixha has created a selection of monumental sculptures that have been conceived through principles of the golden ratio and other mathematical formulas of similar roots that can be found within nature. Sat in front of the Palazzo Pitti; Conoscenza and Infinito are perhaps the most striking of all the monumental sculptures within the exhibition. The works containing an intricate pattern of geometry are strikingly beautiful and capture the viewer in a gaze of awe and wonderment as they sit either side of the entrance to the palace, complimentary in their grandeur
Reminiscent of the spiraling Nautilus shell; the most recognizable example of golden ratio in the natural world, is Xhixha's Conoscenza. The sculpture is conceived through magnificent curved segments of steel beginning from a central point and growing in size as they spiral out to create the majestic form derived from one of the most beautiful and intelligent patterns that has ever been discovered, one that has held the fascination of artists for centuries.
Infinito is a very different structure to that of Conoscenza, yet it holds a similar reminders to the fundamental concepts of order. Namely balance and regularity. It exists of two sloping forms, sat side by side and rising up in fragments, toward opposite directions. They may even be viewed as the point in which the entire exhibition ties together. They are at once the same, yet entirely different and it is through this parallel that we find resolution, as chaos and order are no longer understood as separate entities but are instead recognized as a complex but single and highly connected idea. “In Ordine Sparso" has been thoughtfully designed through its powerful installations, so as to provoke the viewer's thoughts concerning the universal concepts of chaos and order. It is through such universal themes that an artist can sometimes manage to separate the extraordinary from the every day. When executed effectively, the fundamental thematic content of such philosophical concepts, whether explored implicitly or explicitly allow the viewer to reposition their perspective and gain a new or greater understanding of themselves and their environment. It has been shown through history that it is by grappling with such profound and complex and elementary concepts of human's thought, that will on occasion allow an artist to create progressive new works. This is something that Helidon Xhixha understood and respected, allowing him to find his own solutions to these big ideas. The resulting body of work eloquently reflects the immensity of the task. It is the harmonization of these equally prolific counterparts that allow us to see the two seemingly opposing forces for what they truly are, different ends of the same scale. They exist in unison within all things, each unable to exist without the other. The exhibition is not only a fundamental and thought provoking insight into a profound philosophical concept, it is also a powerful reflection of the artist and his process. As Chaos transitions into Order occurs, so too does the artist; starting on a universal scale they continually distil ideas and thoughts until order is restored and the resulting work is realised.