October 10th-22nd 2022 - Basilica di San Celso
Corso Italia 37, Milano
The artworks [on display] precisely because of their intrinsic semantic force and the immediacy of the visual, tactile, and variegated perception that the ceramic medium is able to communicate, revealed subtle cross-references between them which, albeit the individuality of the tones, colours and undertones, weave a fluid composition gradually becoming more powerful and decisive, and eventually acute. Little by little gaining strength by the lofty atmosphere of the ancient church, with its apparently simple architecture, which however innervated with a relentless, logical, and compositional force of its own, becomes a detonator for the visitor’s visual and conceptual reactions. There is therefore a common element between these works so different yet so related, but I would like to talk about them individually because each has a meaning in itself; this concerns a sense of feeling, if not properly a sentiment, which seems to be evident in these works that stand vertically, lying as if abandoned, peeping out from the walls: the feeling of an expectation, of something that has happened and that, by transforming itself, aspires to a new meaning, to a new life. This inevitably links expectation to hope, not meant as a pure and generic spiritual expectation, but as a choice of conscious, rational, or as I would say enlightenment for a real change of vision and approach to current issues. That’s what artists do, they look at reality with other eyes, they perceive the values and meanings of things, they combine them with their experiences and their sensibilities, and provide us, through their works, a substantial re-semantization of the initial thought by combining, grafting, and overlapping.
About the artists
Adriana Albertini was born in Brescia in 1972. She lives and works in Franciacorta. She attended Silvia Zotta's atelier and through her self-taught approach she has reached a level of quality that allows her to master the complex technique of ceramic, using a wide range of materials: from classic clay to fire clay. Adriana Albertini plunges into contemporary society and records the mixture of languages and idiosyncrasies that she transposes into the forms of glazed ceramics.
Fausto Salvi was born in 1965 in Brescia where he lives and works. He completed his artistic career by travelling around the the world and getting in touch with artists from other cultures. In his work, he investigates the relationship between mankind and nature. He often uses ceramics in his artistic production, sometimes contaminating it with different materials. He has held exhibitions in Italy and abroad and has collaborated with Tiffany & Co and Philippe Starck.
Livio Scarpella was born in 1969 in Ghedi, where he lives and works. He completed his sculpture studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1990 and began exhibiting in 1993, winning the S. Carlo Borromeo prize at the Permanente in Milan. In 2004, the Senate of the Italian Republic acquired one of his sculptures for the permanent collection of Palazzo Madama in Rome. He also made, for the Italian State, two sculptures representing Saint Bartholomew and Saint Andrew to be placed in niches inside the Cathedral of Noto.
Remo Rachini was born in Cortona in 1954. He lives and works in Milan. He completed his art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and graduated in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
His exploration of the potential of organic materials has led him to significant results in the fields of drawing, ceramics and glass mosaics. He teaches Archaeological Drawing at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and also collaborates with universities, superintendencies and museums throughout Italy.
Fabio Frau was born in Gonnoscodina in 1976, he works and lives in Cagliari. He attended the Art Institute in Oristano and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari. From 2000 to 2008 he moved to Turin where he studied the masters of Arte Povera and Contemporary Art and collaborated as coordinator of art workshop with organisations aimed at helping psychiatric patients. He is among the founders of IAS, Industrie Artistiche Sarde, an organisation created in 2019 that enhances Sardinian design, craft and artistic practice.
- 11 Oct, 18:00Basilica di San Celso, Corso Italia, 37, 20122 Milano MI, Italia
- 10 Oct, 18:00Basilica di San Celso, Corso Italia, 37, 20122 Milano MI, Italia
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