The exhibition explores the individuality and experimentation of eight Italian contemporary artists, active both in Italy and internationally. The show offers a closer look at the new trends ranging from video art, photography, installation, painting and design.
curated by Silvia Girardi
On April 13, 2010 The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco opens the group show “.IT ITALIAN ART TODAY”, curated by Silvia Girardi.
Artists: Mariella Bettineschi, Matteo Bergamasco, Davide Coltro, Renato D’Agostin, Francesco De Grandi, Daniele Girardi, Angelo Musco, Antonio Pio Saracino.
The exhibition explores the individuality and experimentation of eight Italian contemporary artists, active both in Italy and internationally.
In recent years Italy has witnessed a fervent artistic reawakening, where new media and innovative techniques are growing beyond the experimental stage, breaking away from traditions or allowing for a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional schemes and classical roots.
The show offers a closer look at the new trends ranging from video art, photography, installation, painting and design.
Mariella Bettineschi presents a digital voyage amidst inner and outer worlds, from Duchampian figures and sidereal spaces to astronauts and flying machines. By creating a movement of light and shadow this artist makes space and infra-space the very essence of her work.
Matteo Bergamasco experiments with a musical score made of drawings on paper and the corresponding sounds played on piano. This sound installation focuses on the relationship between acoustic and painted forms in the attempt to structure a grammar which expresses the conjunction of these two sensory aspects.
“System” by Davide Coltro is a silent meditation on the classical genre of landscapes viewed by means of today’s technology and communication. This innovative digital art project connects the artist with the observer of the work through a technological frame that can update itself, receiving new works sent by the artist from his digital studio.
Photographer Renato D’Agostin is guided by silence and timelessness. His work excludes elements that may date the two dimensions of the image. The perception of the outside world loses all sense of time, and the physical reality of places is revised in terms of space, shape, and hue, in the search for an imaginary space.
A mental attic, a hoard of images painted and crammed on shelves, is the world presented by Francesco De Grandi, whose painting deconstructs and surrounds itself with an aura of reminiscence and memory.
Flowers that are not flowers, still-lives hollowed by the mouldy walls of old houses, a portrait inside the portrait…we enter inhospitable, estranging and dreamlike territories.
The video painting “Re-Evolution” by Daniele Girardi screams in fury at progress, society and its contradictions. In a hybrid landscape human figure and symbols interchange with a perpetual implosion and explosion of opposites, where painting finds its timely value towards evolution.
“Nest” by Angelo Musco suggests realities made of interwoven bodies frozen in a sort of amniotic world, where subconscious landscapes are presented as a macro-womb, in which the tensions of a multitude of human bodies create large dream-like compositions.
Antonio Pio Saracino is a multi-faceted designer and artist exploring the artificial world created by men and the ethical expectations within it.
Blurring tradition, technology and nature his work offers a new organic livin paradigm in design by reconnecting human body to the natural world.
Silvia Girardi is an Italian private dealer and curator based in San Francisco. Over the last five years she has presented to American audiences the works of international contemporary artists with an emphasis on the last decade’s revival of the Italian art scene.
Opening Tuesday, April 13, 6.30 pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco
425 Washington Street, San Francisco
Hours: Monday through Friday 11-5 pm