Friday, April 12, 2019

Venice: Chiesa di San Lorenzo – Ocean Space - Joan Jonas – Moving Off Land II – Installation.



Chiesa di San Lorenzo – Ocean Space
Joan Jonas – Moving Off Land II

Ocean Space, is a new collaborative platform for change, initiated by TBA21–Academy, the new embassy for the oceans which will catalyze transdisciplinary research and foster collective action, encouraging audiences to radically reimagine how we see and treat the defining feature of our blue planet. Located in the Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Ocean Space reintegrates the historic building back into the cultural fabric of the city, after two years of conservation and renewal, and more than 100 years of being largely closed to the public.



 
Chiesa di San Lorenzo – Ocean Space
Joan Jonas – Moving Off Land II

To inaugurate Ocean Space, TBA21–Academy presented an immersive multimedia installation by the acclaimed artist Joan Jonas, the culmination of three years of intensive research and explorations with the nomadic academy. Moving Off the Land II is curated by Stefanie Hessler, on view until September 29.
Joan Jonas – Moving Off Land II - Mirror Pool – Video Still

 
The opening conference included a conversation between acclaimed artist, Joan Jonas and Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, moderated by curator Stefanie Hessler; and a discussion between Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, founder and chairperson of TBA21, together with Markus Reymann Co-founder and director.
Ecologist, paleobiologist, and conservationist, Jeremy B.C. Jackson, Sylvia Earle, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Joan Jonas, Ozu, Markus Reymann, David Hrankovic, CEO, TBA21 and Stefanie Hessler


 
Chiesa di San Lorenzo – Ocean Space Inaugural Program
Joan Jonas – Moving Off Land II

Joan Jonas’s exhibition “Moving Off the Land II” is the inaugural public project at the Ocean Space. The installation is the culmination of three years of intensive research in aquariums around the world as well as in the waters off the coast of Jamaica, commissioned by TBA21–Academy. Curated by Stefanie Hessler, and on view until September 29, “Moving Off the Land II” unfolds across 500 square meters of what was once the nave of the church of San Lorenzo. The show comprises new video, sculpture, drawing, and sound works, as well as a performance on May 7, centering on the role the oceans have played for cultures throughout history as a totemic, spiritual, and ecological touchstone.
 
Joan Jonas is one of the most renowned artists of her generation. She is celebrated for her groundbreaking work in performance, installation, and video since the 1960s. At a time when art started leaving the confines of the gallery space, Jonas created work that converged with dance, music, and theater. Ever since, her work has tackled complex questions regarding humans’ relationship with the environment. Jonas represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. With this new work, she returns to Venice and revisits some of the themes touched upon in her US Pavilion exhibition “They Come to Us Without a Word”: the natural world and the animals inhabiting it—from bees to fish—as well as the present danger of climate change and extinction. 
Joan Jonas and Ozu
  Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land II - 2019, video still - courtesy of the artist and TBA21
Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land II – 2019 - video still

Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land II – 2019


Dr. Sylvia Earle


In Moving Off the Land II, Jonas pays tribute to the oceans and their creatures, biodiversity, and delicate ecology. Her new works dive deep into the ocean water, swim with the fish inhabiting it, and weave in literature and poetry by writers who have homed in on the liquid masses that cover two thirds of the planet. Following the methodology that has gained her lauded reputation, Jonas combines poetry and prose by writers like Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville with texts by Rachel Carson and Sy Montgomery, and with moving images filmed in aquariums and in Jamaica, where algae bloom and overfishing pose urgent threats to the environment. 

  Stefanie Hessler and Hili Perlson
 
Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land II – installation
Photo - Eliisabet Daviiosdoottit - Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise - New York/Rome – TBA21
Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land - 2016/2017
 Performance with Mariia Huld Markan - Sequences Art Festival
Reykjavík
– 2017

Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land II, 2019, video still, courtesy of the artist and TBA21
Joan Jonas - Moving Off the Land II – 2019 – Video still



 









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Friday, April 05, 2019

Around Venice: Highlight Art Galleries Opening Weekend – Alma Zevi - Michela Rizzo – Beatrice Burati Anderson – Alberta Pane - V-A-C Zattere




Around Venice
Art Galleries Opening Weekend - Highlights

On heavenly sunny and warm days, the three-day lively weekend full of museum and gallery openings and cultural events took place around Venice.  Here are some highlights. 

  Photograph courtesy Alma Zevi

Alma Zevi
Alain Baczynsky - Hatufim

 At Alma Zevi, Alain Baczynsky’s Hatufim, which means kidnapped or abductee in Hebrew, until April 20, is a series of eight photographic diptychs, each of which presents a portrait of a person, either composed from archival documents or taken in the artist’ studio, alongside a self-portrait by the artist.
Costa N. – His gaze, a century’s encyclopedia


Alma Zevi
Alain Baczynsky - Hatufim 

Whether archival images or recent works, the different portraits in the series were all carefully composed following the strict parameters commonly associated with deadpan passport or official identity photographs, showing a sitter facing the camera front-on with a neutral expression.
Omer - Barely emerging, this gaze, a blank page, on which the marvels and horrors of the world will be written


Alma Zevi and Alain Baczynsky

 
Alma Zevi
Alain Baczynsky - Hatufim
The recurring image of the self-portrait has been subjected to the same manipulation eight times: Baczynsky (digitally) cut the eyes, and in some cases the eyebrows, of the facing portrait and pasted them onto his own. His eyes never appear.
Aba Baczynsky – In Judaism hell does not exist. God did not know Auschwitz.
Rudolf HassAquas alibusc luscit labo. Mus ducimo blab inullup tatibus ea diorum as et fugit etur?


Savory and Sweet Middle-European Pastries

 
 Galleria Michela Rizzo
Saverio Rampin – Pensai il Colore – Guardai il Sole
Pensai il colore, guardai il sole - I thought of color, I looked at the sun - curated by Davide Ferri, until May 1, is the title of the first exhibit that the Galleria Michela Rizzo dedicates to Saverio Rampin shedding light on the works of one of the most important Venetian artists of the second half of the twentieth century. The gallery does this by looking into the interstices, the turning points, and through an original juxtaposition of works from different periods of the artist’s career.
Saverio Rampin
 



Saverio Rampin – Pensai il Colore – Guardai il Sole
Davide Ferri curator


Michela Rizzo


Galleria Michela Rizzo – Highlight Project
Matthew Attard – Equivocality
Matthew Attard’s Equivocality exhibition, until May 1, includes two types of works: 6 drawings, made on an Ipad and printed on aluminum, and 2 high reliefs, above, in aluminum wire fixed directly to the wall. The two sculptures Bravissimo! and Tu que no puedes, derive, also in the titles, from the Caprichos series by Goya. These works are the starting point for the realization of the drawings on iPad: here the animalistic metamorphosis and the satirical atmosphere are taken up.  The drawings are the result of the superimposition of various images (people, animals, food) borrowed from the web and recombined in an arbitrary manner until reaching an image that is now something new - the girls-cocacola, the man-donkey, the woman-frog
Matthew Attard


The Garden at the Galleria Michela Rizzo





Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery
NewFaustianWorld – A Book – A Movie – An Exhibition
At Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery, the exhibition NewFaustianWorld, A Book, A Movie, An Exhibition, until April 23, the project includes the book, featured above published by 24 Ore CulturaGruppo 24 Ore, a movie directed by Piero Passaro and produced by Theater 7/2 Productions and a group art exhibition. In a world where the destiny of man seems resigned to have disappeared, curator Raffaele Quattrone involves 17 internationals artists with a Faustian Factor: a strong and recognizable artistic identity and an exasperated virtuosity that allows them to compete with the infinite possibilities of the computer, with the precision of photographic evidence, with the reactions and relationships of video and performances. NewFaustianWorld is the world of people like Goethe’s Faust, emblem of modern man, who has inner tensions that push him not to settle for the norm but to make his own philosophy about how life is extraordinary, to go further, to achieve new goals, to accept new challenges…



Beatrice Burati Anderson



Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space and Gallery
The Movie – NewFaustianWorld - 2018

The film-documentary, NewFaustianWorld, directed by Piero Passaro and produced by Theater 7/2 Productions has already been shown at various international film festivals. NewFaustianWorld, last December was awarded Best Documentary 6, Nebraska International Film Competition, Cape Town. The audiovisual project tells Raffaele Quattrone’s curatorial project of with a hybrid of visual language between documentary and film fiction.





Jan Worst


 
 Josep Tornero - Maurizio Cannavacciuolo


 
Kepa Garraza




Alberto Di Fabio
 

Andrea Chiesi


 Mauro Pipani



Galleria Alberta Pane
Recent Works – Group Show
Christian Fogarolli and Michele Spanghero

A fine sensibility, an essential aesthetics and a conceptual nature characterize the artworks by two Italian artists, Christian Fogarolli and Michele Spanghero exhibited in Recent Works at the Alberta Pane Gallery, until April 20. For both of them, the production of recent years represents the full realization of a ten-year artistic path that has led them to enter the contemporary art scene, in a consistent, mature and focused way, not only in Italy.  It is through a transversal approach to research with refined, singularly fragmented and perceptively stimulating results that Christian Fogarolli and Michele Spanghero work on artistic creation, a combination of art and scientific disciplines for one, between sound and visual art for the other.
  
Michele Spanghero – Ad Lib.- 2017-2018


Galleria Alberta Pane  
Recent Works - Michele Spanghero


The sound substance, with its imperceptible variations, its silences and its acoustic resonances in space and matter, is a key element in the practice of Michele Spanghero (1979), whose works combine sound and visual arts with in-depth conceptual research; his approach to artistic creation is transversal. Essential and rigorous, the aesthetics of his works reveals fragments, marginal elements of architecture and geometries of light that the artist captures in search of a new semantic system, that is to say, far from pre-established supra-structures and information. In his practice Michele Spanghero proceeds by subtraction: in response to the large amount of data that surrounds us, the artist feels compelled to isolate and re-elaborate the pre-existing material. This sonorous-visual analysis concerns the relationship between space and perception: photography, sculpture and sound silently involve the viewer and aim to delicately alter his perceptions. 
Michele Spanghero – Studies of Density of White - 2010-2018





 


  Michele Spanghero


Michele Spanghero – Monologue – 2014-2017

 
Alberta Pane




Galleria Alberta Pane  
Recent Works – Christian Fogarolli

Christian Fogarolli (1983) investigates how art, theories and scientific disciplines have always been intertwined and how science has unconsciously used the creative medium to progress. His works - environmental installations, photographs, sculptures, and videos - contain this duplicity of tensions. Through a para-scientific working method and archival research, the artist combines the use of objets trouves with refined contemporary materials, such as ultraviolet lamps, steel, mirrors and titanium. His works, with a precise and accurate formal outcome, are poetic and sensitive. The links between normality and deviance and the relationships between different species, categorized as public and private heritage, are silently investigated. His latest works in the exhibition highlight how the perception of the image and the object are an essential trait of the artist's poetics.
Christian Fogarolli – Come uno Straccio


 
Christian Fogarolli




Michele Spanghero – Monologue – 2014-2017



V-A-C- Zattere
Fiona Banner – aka – The Vanity Press
Phantom – Video Work - Exclusive Screening

Exclusive screenings of Phantom, a video work by acclaimed British artist Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press which was recently acquired for the V-A-C Collection was shown during Venice Art Weekend.  Next year artists Fiona Banner and Mike Nelson will be curating the exhibition, The Explorers – Part Two, May-October 2020, at V-A-C Zattere. Each is a leading exponent of one medium: Mike Nelson is a sculptor; Fiona Banner a creator of text-based images and installations; each will embark on a journey through the V-A-C Collection and their selections will break with traditional art historical groupings to reveal unexpected affinities between works of art created at different historical moments and within distinct geographies.
http://www.v-a-c.ru/

 Fiona Banner Aka The Vanity Press, Phantom, 2015, video installation.
Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Fiona Banner – aka – The Vanity Press
Phantom – video still

In Phantom a drone camera simultaneously observes and harries the artist’s illustrated reprint of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, like a hawk chasing down its prey. As the drone attempts to focus on the text and images, the downdraught from its blades blow the pages back and forth in an endless fluttering dance.

 Photo: Mischa Haller. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Fiona Banner

 

Fiona Banner – aka – The Vanity Press
Phantom – video still

The text of Phantom is paired with images of Europe’s financial center, the City of London, which Banner commissioned from Magnum conflict photographer Paolo Pellegrin alongside Banner’s drawings depicting close-ups of pinstripes, a play on the historic livery and camouflage of the Financial Industry

 
Zattere – Canale della Giudecca






 





















 





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