ONLINE – Virginia Bianchi Gallery
Until 29 JULY 2021
Subterranean Virtualscapes is a group show showcasing the works of 15 Italian artists engaging with new technologies. To participate in the newly established dialogue about the crypto space, the show will include works offered as NFTs on hicetnunc.xzy, making Subterranean Virtualscapes the first exhibition of its kind in the Italian art scene.
The participating artists include: S()fia Braga, Fred Cosci, The Cool Couple, Federica Di Pietrantonio, Andrea Frosolini, Kamilia Kard, Rachele Maistrello, Martina Menegon, Deborah Mora, Alessandro Moroni, Alice Palamenghi, Veronica Petukhov, Valeria Segna, Olia Svetlanova, Matteo Zamagni.
Subterranean Virtualscapes is the result of the gallery’s willingness to be involved with two different subjects, the first being the recently boomed crypto art marketplace, the second subject addressed is digital art in the Italian ecosystem.
The show will host one personal exhibition page for each artist: in order to contextualise the showcased artworks in a wider curatorial framework, the participants have had the opportunity to conceive a solo digital installation that includes additional elements, as well as the piece for sale.
LUCAS FOGLIA: HUMAN NATURE
Rogoredo / Santa Giulia
curated by Camilla Invernizzi, ArtsFor, and Giulia Zorzi, Micamera
Installation view – Photo Filippo Romano
“Today, nature both heals us and threatens us. As we spend more time than ever indoors looking at screens, neuroscientists demonstrate that time outside is vital to human health and happiness. Yet, we are vulnerable to the storms, droughts, heat waves, and freezes that result from climate change. Human Nature is a series of photographic stories about how we rely on nature in the context of climate change. Each story is set in a different ecosystem: city, forest, farm, desert, ice field, ocean, and lava flow. The photographs examine our need for “wild” places—even when those places are human constructions.” – Lucas Foglia
An open-air exhibition of Lucas Foglia’s Human Nature installed in Milan’s Rogoredo / Santa Giulia district: over forty photographs surprise the passers by, transforming the block occupied by a construction site into a public installation. Through his images, Lucas Foglia describes different ways in which people seek, study or take care of nature. Taken all over the world, Foglia’s photographs contribute to the reflection on the great challenges of our planet.
SIMON LEHNER | I’m a liar, but a good one
KOENIG2 – CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE
Until 30 Jul 2021
“I’m a liar, but a good one”, Simon Lehner states. The title of his solo show at KOENIG2 involves questions of memory, truth, trauma, authorship and artistic production that are expressed in a reduced setting of four works. There is no classical photography to be seen; instead, the wall objects and animations seem to be related to painting. The source material of his works, anchored in the autobiographical – mostly bound photographs from the artist’s childhood and youth – constitute the foundation of a inverted pictorial genesis. In this manner Simon Lehner forges a working process that arises out of the dialog between memories and consciousness.
From the transformation of personal photo archives into newly interpreted digital spaces, he generates singular leitmotifs that manifest themselves as alter ego, petrol station, cave, table or television. These constellations of images, always somewhat varying and mined from the archive, coalesce in diverse combinations into two- or three-dimensional surfaces, ultimately to be painted by a robot. At every stage of the production process, small lacunae emerge. On the one hand, these convey to the works a quality that is very close to a painterly style. On the other hand algorithmic processes function as prostheses of the artist’s way of thinking; one can even ascribe to them a strong similarity to human mechanisms of remembering. Here arises that which the eponymous lying suggests: the act of painting, that is no ‘genuine’ painting, is juxtaposed with the software as a neurological pendant of remembering.
At the same time, the elaborately produced works do not come across as cold, flat or mechanical. A humanely warm feeling evaporates, capturing our imagination. This is due to the earthy color spectrum of the archival material underlying the works, including wooden furniture and flesh tones. The chronological dimension within them, ranging from the parental recording of an event of family life, up to its artistic processing, is thus not negated. All of the points in time lie equally on top and next to each other, the levels merge together, and corresponding to our recollection, with actual contemplation they become timeless.
Del resto i costumi cambieranno molto
Annabel Elgar, Niccolò Morgan Gandolfi, Eeva Hannula
Metronom, Via Carteria 10 / 41121 Modena
Until September 2021
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Del resto i costumi cambieranno molto
, Metronom, Modena, 2021.
In fluctuation between possibility and knowledge Del resto i costumi cambieranno molto – After all, the customs will change a lot * is an invitation to move relying on the pleasure of the eyes and objects, which, because magical, change their function. Robert Lebel writes in response to questions from Brèton’s Art Magique, ‘a mirror found by chance at an auction was enough to trigger on the theme of doubling perspectives that I had sought in other ways. The most effective defeats to our atrocious common sense are consumed in these fortuitous encounters. This is how magical art and the magic of art meet, to give everything that exists a highly optional character.’
Starting from this ‘highly optional’ character of things, Annabel Elgar recovers embroidery cloths that become the background for her staged constructions; coherently with the artisanal manufacture of objects and elements of the scene, the design is in this new series of works declined using the cross stitch. Who is represented by the masks, held by the woman from behind? Or who is the mysterious figure in a bunny costume holding the two little girls? Always poised between recognition and imagination, Elgar’s scenes, even if deprived in these works of the magic of photography, find an essential narrative dimension, disturbing and mysterious and at the same time seductive.
Hidden River, “The untold story of the people of Konstansie”
by Kent Andreasen
A final special mention to to this project centered around the 1950s groups area act that forcibly removed people of colour from Constantia and many other places around South Africa . They are collecting funds to open the exhibit during September(Heritage Month), you can donate here.