Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Padua: Studio GR 20 – Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition.


Padua: Studo GR 20 – Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition. Historian of contemporary jewelry, curator of exhibitions at an international level, associated with the famous Padua Jewelry School, Graziella Folchini Grassetto is the director of the contemporary jewelry gallery Studio GR20. The exhibition Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels is on show, until December 22 in the charming fourth floor walk-up studio above an arcaded street in the center of Padua.  The collective show, shows works from well-known international jewelers using glass as their medium “In a journey from Sculpture to Jewelry, which also vaunts ancient traditions in glass, the present selection has privileged artists who are both innovative and expert, and who work not only with metals but also glass.  It is striking how their common choice of contained, rigorous forms, in which predilection moves towards non-color, black and white, reducing it to the mere definition of a simplified project.” writes Graziella Folchini Grassetto in the introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition.
Above: Graziella Folchini Grassetto with water glasses by Maria Grazia Rosin in hand-blown Murano glass.

Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition – Maria Grazia Rosin.Maria Grazia Rosin combines lightness, which the Venetian techniques guarantee with an imagination rich in influences from both artistic trends such as Informal Art and Pop Art, without excluding certain machinery of Kinetic Art, and design, comic strips, or the world of science fiction impregnated with literature.”

Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition – Maria Grazia Rosin. “With her mobile installations in glass Rosin works on the art of sculpture, of which Art Nouveau in France was the sublime manifestation, with the extreme lightness of contemporary Venetian techniques. In the ancient magic of blown glass, she creates empty, transparent, luminous bodies, the clear-cut identity of which is not confined to burnishing with silver or gold, fluid dabs or brush strokes.”

Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition – Evert Nijland.  Evert Nijland has also recently produced a series of marvelous works in glass called “Venezia”, a monument to the Renaissance and Baroque forms in a measured interpretation.  At the same time, he has intensified the reduction of figures, facing the naturalistic theme in a realistic but intensely pure search. He concentrates on the theme of flowers, expressing great pleasure in the evolution of their pale petals, the transparency of which reveals the base piece of old, rough wood, its support and frame, releasing a painful feeling of transience.”

Evert Nijland

Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition – Ruudt Peters.  “The symbolism of Ruudt Peters is impregnated with naturalism, and this artist treats metaphysical themes in his extraordinary works entitled “Sephiroth”, interpretations of ancient religious beliefs.  All the pieces always have a load-bearing structure, a silver grid, in which evolutions, spirals, curls and tangles of glass are interwoven.  The ridged spectrum appears to be the center of reference of sensitive, perceptive and emotional contributions from a nature containing fantastic forms, which can be measured with discriminating laws suitable for defining Theosophic theories. The irregular universe of free, trans lucid formulations seems to become integrated in the discipline of severe rules:  the norm, in its absolute clarity, makes blown glass symbolic.”

Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels exhibition – Beate Eismann.Beate Eismann works not on fantasy figures in her enamel jewelry but on the richness of many varieties of signs.  Writing seems to emerge irregularly from glassy materials layered on metals, the tiniest deformations of which express messages and communications.  These traces are mysterious incunabula to be deciphered, while the fascination of the fine materials, in their sober nuances, are remarkable for that moderation of the color range of whites or pale blues, rigorously kept to minimum almost imperceptible modulations.” 

--> Maria Grazia Rosin

Contessnally note: all text is taken from the catalogue, Contemporary Glass, Sculptures, Installations, Jewels written by Graziella Folchini Grassetto.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Montecchio: Fondazione Bisazza_Experimental Growth, by Arik Levy

Montecchio: The Bisazza Foundation - Arik Levy - Experimental Growth. The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture, is hosting, until 21 December, a new exhibition dedicated to the Israeli designer Arik Levy, with the title Experimental Growth. The exhibition project comprises of a structural modification to the architecture of the Foundation's space, a macro-installation called Rock Chamber and a video created especially for the event, titled Virtual Truth.

Arik Levy - Rock Chamber. Arik Levy’s project for the Bisazza Foundation revolves around Rock Chamber, a major sculptural work that has become part of the Permanent Collection, it is located in a space conceived and designed especially by the artist himself. 
Photograph by Lorenzo Ceretta courtesy Bisazza Foundation.  
Rock Chamber. For the first time since the opening of the Bisazza Foundation, not only does an artist put his name to an installation, but his project also affects the very architecture of the spaces.

Sketch by Arik Levy copyright Arik Levy courtesy Bisazza Foundation Arik.  
Rock Chamber. In the new hall dedicated to Levy, an exhibition/installation is staged through which the artist was able to trace the creative evolution of Rock Chamber and the geometrical aspect of its material through the projection of an original video titled Virtual Truth.

The Israeli designer Arik Levy and Rossella Bisazza vice president of the Fondazione Bisazza.

Arik Levy – Rock Chamber.  Models for the experimental evolution of Rock Chamber in epoxy resin.

Arik Levy – Virtual Truth Interactive Video. The video is an interactive installation where people can get in contact with the space and the projection, which changes and transforms according to the movement they make.
Above. Levy demonstrates how the Virtual Truth video interacts with body movements.

The VIPs, Alessandro Mendini, Fabio Novembre, Rossella Bisazza and Francesco Mendini.

Arik Levy - Experimental Growth. “We are the prehistorical people of the future and this construction and form may represent the future “cave”.  It is also meant to make disappear the obvious normal space references of straight walls and corners that gives us point of reference for the eye, the mind and the body.” Arik Levy writes.

       Executive director of the Bisazza Foundation Maria Cristina Didero.

President of the Bisazza Foundation Piero Bisazza and renown journalist Cristina Morozzi.

Architect and designer Fabio Novembre celebrates the victory of Barack Obama’s second term in office.

A tree grows inside the Fondazione Bisazza.

Press lunch with Arik Levy. Black and white details of Canova sculptures, conceived in mosaics by Carlo Dal Bianco, serve as a backdrop for the table settings.

Wallpaper magazine’s design editor Pei-Ru Keh chats with Arik Levy.

Press lunch with Arik Levy. Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto.

Press lunch with Arik Levy. Bisazza PR Roberta Novali is entertained by Haaretz’s design journalist Yuval Saar.

Press lunch with Arik Levy. The white chocolate dessert is stuffed with raspberries.

Russian Architectural Digest’s editor in chief Eugenia Mikulina.

Italian Conde Nast’s design and art editor Paolo Lavezzari.

That-a–way for the Fondazione Bisazza near Vicenza at Montecchio Maggiore.

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