Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Venice: Fondazione Querini Stampalia – A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva – Exhibition

Fondazione Querini Stampalia
A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva
Part Two

The glass exhibition, A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva is on show in two separate venues, here at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, until June 24 and at the Stanze Del Vetro, until July 29, both are curated by director of the Cirva of Marseilles, Isabelle Reiher and Chiara Bertola, curator of Contemporary Art at the Querini Stampalia. The project was conceived by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, and concentrates on a selection of 17 artists and designers, among those who have been in residence at the Cirva in the last thirty years, in an attempt to highlight the salient moments of creation.  The artists selected have only occasionally come into contact with the glass world throughout their careers. For this reason, the results shown are original and surprising, extraordinary yet unpredictable. The meeting between the two seemingly distant realities, in this case Contemporary Art and glass, allows us to imagine and build a third one: a world in which glass is no longer simply a symbol of tradition, but a depiction of a new landscape and visionary nature.

 Chiara Bertola and Isabelle Reiher
James Lee Byars - Le Petit Ange Rouge - 1991-1993
solid hot-worked glass, polished
James Lee Byars

Giuseppe Caccavale - Armenia. Istituto di Traduzione - 2018
blown glass, text painted in enamel by the artist

In the contemporary spaces of the third floor, the work of eight artists are presented to show how glass is the translation of a thought, a passage from one state to another and a realization of a form, which stem from an idea: Dove Allouche, James Lee Byars, Giuseppe Caccavale, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Philippe Parreno, Remo Salvadori, Jana Sterbak and Francisco Tropa. In order to give expression to the glass in as vivid as possible a manner, consonant with the space, Giuseppe Caccavale and Remo Salvadori have been invited to produce two new works at Cirva, for the occasion of the exhibition.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson - Sans Titre - 2002
blown glass - mirror-polished - stainless steel

Remo Salvadori, Giuseppe Caccavale, Chiara Bertola, Isabelle Reiher Jana Sterbak

Francisco Tropa - Le Firmament - 2017
blown glass – copper -  brass – wood – rope

Designed as a research laboratory, the Cirva - Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les artes plastiques was established in Marseille in 1986 as a non-for-profit state entity to host international artists, designers and architects wishing to introduce glass to their creative process. These artists, who are often confronted with a difficult to master material for the first time, develop their designs assisted by the Cirva technical team. 

  Remo Salvadori - Gravità 0° - 2017-2018
solid glass worked hot with blowpipe - molten glass
 Sally Benjamin and Remo Salvatori

Jana Sterbak - Containers for Olfactive Portraits - 2004
solid glass - hot-worked with blowpipe
Jana Sterbak

Philippe Parreno – Lampe de Bureau – 1997
cold sealed blown glass – bulb – electric cable

Dove Allouche – Mycote – 2015-2016
8 pieces – blown glass – photographic print – painted wood

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Venice: Caterina Tognon - Richard Meitner – And the Air Rushing Past - Exhibition

Caterina Tognon
Richard Meitner – And the Air Rushing Past

At the Caterina Tognon, vetro contemporaneo gallery the solo exhibition of Richard Meitner’s And the Air Rushing Past, until May, 5. Richard Meitner’s artistic practice has always traversed the thresholds between art and applied arts, sculpture and installation, science and poetry, usually defying any classification. His works made in glass are characterized witty and colorful, clever and ironic, representing eccentric-fantastic objects in relation with elements from the natural world, such as animal and plants. He is considered one of the Masters of the Glass Movement in Europe, where he has been living for more than 40 years.
Amsterdam - 2000
blown borosilicate glass - pottery – wood
  photograph R. Zijlstra – courtesy Caterina Tognon
Terrazzo 1
Amsterdam, 2018
fiberglass – glass – mica - etc-terrazzo technique
Inspired by his decades of experience working with blown glass, for this show Meitner has created a series of works that are immediately recognizable as related to the typical forms and movements of hot glass, but extend the shape and surface texture possibilities of this medium very greatly through the use of fibreglass. In these works, he also makes extensive use of terrazzo technique, a typical architectural-design element that is an integral part of the history of the city of Venice.
  photograph and copyright by manfredi bellati
“If I want for example to deeply experience a work of art or a piece of music, I try to avoid reading what others may think about it, or what the artist or composer says it means, or what the artist’s younger years were like. Doing any of those things may perhaps make me feel more comfortable, sometimes even sympathetic, but will also unavoidably direct and limit what I hear and understand when I see the work or hear the music. Instead, I have discovered for myself that I can have a far more personal and richer experience when I simply stand in front of the work or listen to the music without preconceptions. And while I am doing that, I just try to pay very close attention to my own personal memories and the feelings evoked in me by the work, at times even by the air rushing past me...”.
Richard Meitner
And the Air Rushing Past is an exhibition Meitner initiated as an emotional sensory endeavor sensation, because for this artist, art is not about thinking, instead it is both made through - and for feeling and enchantment.

Vessel with its Pet
Amsterdam – 2000
blown and enameled sodic glass – iron solution - oxidant
Richard Meitner - Installation view

Richard Meitner, Michele Tavola, Paola Marini and Caterina Tognon

 Alvise and Carla Alvera

Beatrice Rosenberg
photograph R. Zijlstra – courtesy Caterina Tognon
 Not a Peep
Amsterdam - 2016
unique Work – glass – fiberglass

Cristina Beltrami, Valeria Lepore, Elio Messi and Souam Keith

 Magda Mangia and Michela Rizzo

Tuli and Paolo Inghilleri, Sabrina and Giorgio Vigna

 photograph R. Zijlstra – courtesy Caterina Tognon

Wurst That Could Happen
Amsterdam – 2016

unique work – fiberglass - glass
Gordon Guillaumier and Rudi Dordoni

Fabio Pacifico, Luca Bombassei and Alessandra Zoppi

 Beatrice Burati Anderson and Pier Paolo Pancotto

Amsterdam – 2018
Fiberglass – glass – mica – etc – terrazzo technique


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Venice: Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery – Greffes I Venezia – Group Exhibition

Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery
Greffes I Venezia
In the new intriguing Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery – Greffes I Venezia is a group exhibition curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, on view until April 28.  The collaboration among artists is an experience with often surprising results comparable to those produced in nature by an implant, an emblematic meeting point between science and experimentation, a fact and an imponderability. Greffes (Grafts) is the spokesman of this phenomenon, always alive even if little known. Different authors for generation, culture and language, meet in Venice as original, sometimes unexpected, witnesses of creative dialogue that, for a long time, puts them in tune. They thus give rise to Greffes, the result of their mutual esteem and professional and emotional brotherhood, in a game of intellectual and visual references that is the basis of today’s exhibition project. The works on show, born from the collaboration among the various authors and conceived for the occasion, are the testimony of this.

Beatrice Burati Anderson and curator Pier Paolo Pancotto

 Greffes I Venezia
The works especially created for Greffes (Grafts) are the unexpected fruit of a long time brotherhood and esteem between artists.  After the success in Rome (Villa Medici, 2017) and Cluj (Lateral Art Space, 2018) Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery  presents them in Venice as witnesses of the possibility of an unusual, synergistic, creative research.
Lucian Indrei – Ciprian Muresan
Valaam - 2017 - video 

Alfredo Aceto – Achraf Touloub
Cappa - 2017  - engraving on paper

Claire Fontaine
Untitled (L.G.B.T.Q., shaved) - Stengel and Co. G.m.b.H.
vintage postcard, collage and pencil

Lucian Indrei – Alberto Di Fabio
Dark Adaptation - 2017 - Archival Pigment Print
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
Anime in Movimento - 2017 - mixed media on paper 

  Achraf Touloub – Mohamed Namou
Untitled - 2018 - two paintings 
sewing on canvas and graffiti on gesso 

Davide Bertocchi – Samon Takahashi
Interstellar Static - Ink-jet print on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag 

Ciprian Muresan
Untitled (Lateral ArtSpace) - 2018 - photo prints

Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery
The Courtyard and Pozzo
Corte Petriana - San Polo 1448

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