2 – 30 August 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, 2 August 2014
at 6 pm
In the exhibition Italian Summer we present five young Italian artists who share the attitude to explore a wide range of techniques and materials. Each has an individual approach, but they all mix traditional techniques with aspects of the contemporary world.
Marco Basta (*Milan 1985) works between an inner, intimate, definite space, and the external world. In the work Piogge (Rains) he attempts to record and give form to this elusive atmospheric phenomenon. The raindrops are captured by a scanner and then printed on hand made paper and reworked with pigments. With Giardino (Garden) the artist continues the series of botanical drawings on felt: a detailed and imaginary nature, frozen in a state of timeless perfection.
Attracted by the contradictory aspects of reality, Marco Belfiore (*Rovereto 1971) reveals, with subtle irony, faults of interpretation and perception connected with appearances, and with what we generally take for granted. With the series of watercolors Scherzi della natura (Freaks of Nature) he seduces the gaze with colorful exotic birds that evoke the realism typical of certain scientific illustrations, but in fact we are looking at something that does not exist in nature: these are hybrids, combinations of parts of different birds, whose forms and colors are familiar because they belong to the imaginary of the exotic.
Lupo Borgonovo (*Milan 1985) seeks the pleasure of the experience of materials and forms. He works by way of associations, juxtaposing solids and liquids, real and imaginary objects, raw and refined materials. His sculptures seem to re-become organic, living and even edible. The Coconuts are bronze castings of a coconut to which he has added glass spheres as eyes, thus transforming them into faces or masks of an unknown tribe. His prints are imprints, unrecognizable traces of bodies, open to new interpretations.
The works of Valerio Carrubba (*Siracusa 1975) celebrate painting whilst taking it apart: the subjects are composed by anonymous images from classical repertoires from the 19th Century, selected and reworked by the artist and then painted on steel. The industrial character of the surface reflects the anti-romantic process behind the work: the image is actually painted twice, through a second coat that covers and reproduces the layer below in an accurate way. This analytical exercise is reflected in the titles of the works, which are palindromes.
Andrea Romano (*Milan 1984) presents a group of delicate pencil drawings set inside heavy marble frames: a contradiction that emphasizes both the fragile delicacy of the lines and the invulnerable nobility of the stone. The title of this ongoing project is Claque and Shill, alluding to the ambiguous and unreliable character of the representation of a phenomenon. The Claque and the Shill are in fact figures that infiltrate the audience at an entertainment, influencing its preferences.