THE LITTLE THING THAT COUNTS
Andreea Albani, Norbert Filep, Carlos Martiel, José Carlos Martinat, José Luis Martinat, Nunzio, Radu Oreian, Andrew Orloski, Perino & Vele and Túlio Pinto
December 15, 2021 - January 29, 2022
Wednesday – Saturday, 2pm – 6.30pm
Saturday: 11am to 7pm
The opening group show that inaugurated the new space brought together represented and newly signed artists, and constituted a first testimony of what’s to come. The exhibition presented works by:
Andreea Albani (1988, Bucharest, Romania), abstract drawer and painter, whose conceptual body of work resembles a memory archive of psychological events, in her own words – “a visual alphabet”.
Norbert Filep (1990, Romania), conceptual drawing practician with his figuratively evocative monochromatic graphite on paper work, seemingly engaging with the apparent death of the painting. By using well controlled geometries, repetitions, different layers of colour or graphite, or even materials like glass, Norbert Filep creates abstract compositions which are questioning the role of contemporary imagery inside of a well digitalized society.
Carlos Martiel (1989, Havana, Cuba). Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel uses his body to address the restrictions and limitations within the lived experience of the black male body.
José Carlos Martinat (1974, Lima, Peru) whose approach about appropriation involves the extraction of elements from the streets peeling-off pintas políticas, the collection of gypsum molds from the foundries where heroes of the 19th century were molten in bronze, which is re-contextualized afterwards.
José Luis Martinat (1974, Lima, Peru), by appropriating, manipulating and distorting pre-existing materials, it changes the original meaning and generates the possibility of new associations and interpretations.
Nunzio (1954, Cagnano Amiterno, Italy) deals in his sculptural work with the formal possibilities of different materials such as wood, plaster and lead, and explores their material and immaterial effect as related to light. One of his most typical aspects is his burning of wood, creating an intense blackness which is intrinsic to the material.
Radu Oreian (1984, Tarnaveni, Romania), is a graduate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest and of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, he uses drawing, painting and installation in his practice. The concept of ‘collective portraits’, that constitutes the main body of Oreian’s work, is placed at the intersection of art, philosophy, language, history and the ever-evolving form of complexity that society generates today.
Andrew Orloski (1986, USA) work explores notions of monumentalism and banality with an inquisitive look at mundane, often overlooked objects we surround ourselves with daily. His process utilizes a variety of traditional and contemporary mold making techniques, which aid in the transformation of objects through materiality.
Perino & Vele (Emiliano Perino, New York 1973 – Luca Vele, Rotondi 1975) work favoring the use of papier-mâché. Grinding newspapers of various colors they recycle the pages in a mixture of words and images, a media mix that, once formed, returns to communicate. A game between the irony of the meanings and the ambiguity of the materials, in a sort of communicative antagonism.
Túlio Pinto (1974, Brasilia, Brazil) is interested in the tension created by the relationship of forces. His sculptures often juxtapose two “opposing” materials such as metal and blown glass, balancing them with the help of gravity.
May 13 - July 30, 2022
Nicolas Bonilla, Alberto Casari, Paula Cortazar, José Luis Landet, Henrique Oliveira, Angyvir Padilla, Aurora Pellizzi, Martina Quesada, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Rodrigo Sassi