On Macauda’s surfaces the painting is soaking. His gestures sink and re-emerge like if guided by a wave, they vibrate dynamically thinking at an earthy matter with a water-like fluidness. The mental confidence of the stroke melts free, away from any aggressive extreme because it creates that candor that is able to melt the caves of artifice. This is how I understand the use of these soft pastels, that, being pure and without solvents, make the artist work on bonds, feeling the image instead of projecting it from the eyes. The vulnerability of the matter – a rush touch can cause a botch – matches with the visual refusal of any fossil form, its long-lasting brightness delegates to the light, that is the life, any characteristic and formal task. (Text by Gabriele Tosi)
Blitzen Benz is the thunder car that in 1909 broke the first high speed record of a combustion engine beating a vapor engine car. It is a myth that is unconsciously echoed in all the “tuning” transformations, where everything is considered in alt.
Aesthetic expedients with specific criteria through practice, transformation and creation of something that comes from motivations that refer to challenge, speed and a specific “beauty”. Therefore, there are motivations that refer to a community, to a need to express themselves through criteria dictated by a predominant aesthetic.
In the realization of the exhibited works the artist wanted to use the same attitude and, therefore, he wanted his works to be objects created to express themselves and be respected by their community of provenance, creating normality/diversity and decoration/identity simultaneously.
The works are like paintings, with all what refers to the action of painting. But the materials are from that world that uses carbon fibre, colorful neons, bright colors and ornamental elements in plastic materials.
Sophie Ko Chkheidze’s ash and pure pigment works are original shapes, breaks, collapses, shifts expressing our relationship with images, things and ourselves. As Federico Ferrari in Finis initium -a limited edition book with a comment by the artist about her works in the exhibition – writes, Sophie Ko Chkheidze’s paintings are “panels of ashes where spots of pure color emerge like if they were lost, like a miraculous appearing of something incredible and unexpected. Pigment whose luminous strength tears the darkness that follows when the flame’s ecstasy extinguishes.”
September 27 > October 25 2014 | Hours: from Thursday to Saturday 3>7 pm
Palazzo Guaineri delle Cossere, contrada delle cossere 22, 25122 – Brescia, Italy
Opening Saturday May 24, 2014. From 7 to 10 pm
A+B contemporary art is pleased to announce “L’avventura / Die mit der Liebe spielen”, a group exhibition curated by Lena Ipsen with works by the following eleven artists:
David Czupryn (*1983 in Duisburg), Robert Elfgen (*1972 in Wesseling am Rhein), Max Frintrop (*1982 in Oberhausen), Tobias Hoffknecht (*1987 in Bochum), Melike Kara (*1985 in Bensberg), Valerie Krause (*1976 in Herdecke), Michail Pirgelis (*1976 in Essen), Dennis Scholl (*1980 in Hünfeld), Jana Schröder (*1983 in Brilon), Philip Seibel (*1980 in Hagen) and Stephanie Stein (*1972 in Kiel).
The exhibition title L’avventura / Die mit der Liebe spielen refers to the Italian and German titles of a film from 1960 by Michelangelo Antonioni (English title: The Adventure), one of the most important protagonists of Neo-Realism. The title thus pays homage to this particular Italian-born film genre. The plot can be understood as a metaphor for the quest of the artist and leads to the insight that the emptiness which often remains is just as meaningful as the starting point itself. Since the invention of the new medium of the moving image, film and the visual arts have partaken in a reciprocally inspiring relationship. The perception of the world around us is influenced more than anything else by film, which thus also plays a decisive role both in the production and reception of the visual arts.
For the most part, the artists participating in L’avventura / Die mit der Liebe spielen studied at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf and live and work in the Rhineland region. The majority of the works on view have been created especially for the exhibition and are being presented to the public for the very first time. The various contemporary positions make use of the media of drawing, painting, sculpture and video and are being presented within an impressive framework, namely the 17th century Palazzo Guaineri delle Cossere in the historic town centre of Brescia, leading to a fruitful dialogue between art created in Germany and the ambiance of Italy.
VRS (Focal-plane shutter with moving subject) is an investigation on the three dimensions of the acronym VRS: (from italian: Veglia, Ricordo, Sogno which stands for waking hours, memory and dream). The title indicates the relation between the subject and the physicalplane, which activates the path of the sight. The moving subject is at the same time both the spectator who being in the physical condition determined by the shape of the work itself, a plane with the image pointed downwards, visible lying on a trolley; the perception of which is modified by how the spectator moves and the subject of the vision itself: the geometry which evolves while moving between the three states.
Opening Saturday March 15, 6pm / Inaugurazione sabato 15 marzo, ore 18.00. Photo by Davide Sala
“Your show title suggests me to think of Actinians that are more commonly known as sea anemones. They are so extremely flashy, almost precious, sensual, and, as a counter to such beauty, at the same time they have stinging and deadly tentacles for those approaching. As a fish unaware of my last end, I get closer realizing I find the place less and less reassuring. And, just as the fish tries to escape after the collision, I do the same with my eyes, but it’s too late: I’m in that space, and I understand that the only way to save myself it’is to look across the surface. Scanning the whole, each corner suggestes me that there are different possibilities refused at the first eyes rest, on another line, another portion of color, another intersection. I understand, everything falls apart in front of my eyes.” (Vincenzo Simone)
visit: giovedì > sabato 15/19 – thursday > saturday 3/7pm – until february 22
photo by Davide Sala
Volumi is the title of the series of photografical works that Paolo Meoni presents for the first solo show at AplusB. “The scanner is used as a sort of photography unconscious, which emerges or submerges the image, and that’s precisely why it becomes other, different, strange, alien. It’s not only the image of reality, but something more. Under the guise of geometry something else occurs and literally comes to light. It is something folded, wrapped in on itself; it is space, time … The image of the photography itself”. (Elio Grazioli)