Anna Amadio / Michael Ashcroft / Valerio Berruti
/ Gordon Cheung / May Cornet / Shezad Dawood / Stanislao Di
Giugno / Flavio Favelli / Shilpa Gupta / Kent Henricksen /
Isola & Norzi / Caterina Nelli / Pietro Ruffo Vedovamazzei
Curated by Raffaella Guidobono
Private View: Wed 6 Sept 2006 6pm-9pm
To Crave is for the small part of those linked to the sense
of willing always something. The group show exploits the illusory
and intimate but also the strong sense of everyday fixation
towards things and feelings even if we know perfectly well
that we could be less needy.
Genius of the Lamp, extraordinary object found in a beach
by the girlfriend of the artist Stanislao di Giugno was turned
into a bronze sculpture with the sentence engraved: "Have
you ever wondered about my greatest wish?". It’s
all about possession, since everyone instantly think why I
didn’t find the lamp myself.
The exhibition describes ritual obsession shared by who wish
so intensively in spite of the seriousness of life, between
idiosyncratic or self-willed processes. Each work is a portrayal
of the fact that everyone is favourably disposed towards burning
desire. The artist deals with his/her own set of circumstances
(i.e., personal history, environment, indigenous materials,
etc.) setting their expression uniquely apart from all others.
The faculty of volition, the resoluteness, the expectation,
the power of determination and choice, the strength of purpose
are all aspects of the same plan of using one’s will.
The resulting perspective of our being human becomes enriched
by the variety of feel a powerful desire for something.
The artists create a world in which abstraction and representation
plays with precious materials: Gold & Diamantes, Velvet,
Goose Feathers, Art Deco table, Cotton paper, Oak, Ebony,
Lead, Leather, as well as Self-adhesive Tape, Thread, Permanent
Marker, Chalk. The idea is to delve into neglected corners
to find a concrete form to what we cannot reach and focus
the contradiction as a source of interaction.
About the artists:
MICHAEL ASHCROFT Included in The Triumph
of Painting at the Saatchi Gallery, 2 Solo Shows at Max Wigram
London, forthcoming Solo show at Lucy Makintosh Gallery Losanna
and Roebling Hall NY. Michael Ashcroft reinvents the moost
conventional of all genres with ironically-tuned political
ANNA AMADIO She is currently considered to
have created one of the most interesting new young positions
on the Swiss art scene. She just did a solo at The Kunstmuseum
Thun, represented in Italy by Paolo Bonzano.
VALERIO BERRUTI Recent solo shows at the
Herzliya Museum in Tel Aviv, Palazzo Bricherasio Torino, Esso
Gallery NY, (Modern Painters May 2006 issue and a review in
Contemporary n.82 2006)
GORDON CHEUNG Graduated from Royal College
of Art, 2001. Currently exhibiting in The British Art Show
6 and Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory, Museum
of Glass - International Center for Contemporary Art, Washington
USA. Recently completed Braziers International Artist Workshop.
Forthcoming solo show will be at Thomas Cohn Gallery in Sau
SHEZAD DAWOOD Performer, painter, just selected
for Platform for Art in London, now included in the group
show Moving in Architecture at Camden Arts Centre, he conceived
the Artist's Studio project in a sublet mansion in Knightsbridge.
MAY CORNET Recent group shows at the Pan
Museum in Naples and the Saint Etienne Museum in Saint Etienne.
FLAVIO FAVELLI Selected shows:Interior, IIC
Los Angeles 2004 , Clandestini, 50° Biennale di Venezia,
2003; La mia casa è la mia mente, Galleria Maze, Torino,
2003; Where is my home?, IIC, Londra, 2003; Moltitudini-Solitudini,
Museion, Bolzano, 2003; Exit, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,
Torino, 2002; My home is my mind, Artinprogress, Berlino,
STANISLAO DI GIUGNO Selected Shows: USUK
2. Three Colts Gallery, Londra; ART OMI. International Artists’
Residency, New York; MASAI ART FACTORY “Honey Money?
Il gusto dei soldi”, ASSAB ONE, Milano; RAM, Zerynthia,
Roma (2005);MACROVIdeoteca. MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea,
Roma; Anrufung des Großen Bären, Forum Austriaco
di Cultura a Roma. Le Signal. Incontri internazionali di videoarte,
Biarritz; 1234567890 Lingotto, Torino, Artissima 10.
SHILPA GUPTA Recent shows: Solo at the Havana
Biennial 2006, Group show SubContigente at Fondazione Sandretto
Re Rebaudengo, Torino.
KENT HENRICKSEN Included in Greater New York
2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre and ARS 06 in the Kiasma
Museum Helsinki. Represented by John Connelly Presents in
NY, recent Solo at Hiromi Yoshii Gallery Tokyo.
CATERINA NELLI Graduated at Camberwell, recent
Solo at Fondazione Olivetti in Rome, selected for Locarno
In Progress, Premio Michetti 06.
ISOLA&NORZI Hilario Isola and Matteo
Norzi, represented by Valentina Bonomo Roma, recent show with
Sol Lewitt. Mid September performance at the Palais de Tokyo.
PIETRO RUFFO Group shows at the Bard College,
NY, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. Fragments of time, Yellow
Bird Gallery, New York. InsideOut, A temporary art collection,Roma,Red
bull music Academy, Premium+, Postdamerplatz, Berlino Duetto
all’italiana, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna,
Sendai, Giappone 1999 Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Algeri,
Algeria .Ex Mattatoio-Testaccio,Roma
VEDOVAMAZZEI Stella Scala and Simeone Crispino,
represented by Magazzino Arte Moderna and Galerie Praz-Delavallade,
Parigi Selected Group shows: XIV Quadriennale di Roma Galleria
Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma Ipermercato dell'arte, Palazzo
delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena Galleria
Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - Torino, Torino,
Biennale de Montréal 2002 Montreal, Quebec, GAMeC -
Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
Magic & Loss - Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC)
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