(Upcoming) Blossom of Rebirth

Start Date: 10th June 2019 (Vernissage at 4.00 pm)
End Date: 31st July 2019
Ticket cost: free admission
Place: Paper and Watermark Museum, Largo F.lli Spacca 2, 60044 Fabriano (AN), Italy
Opening Time: from Tuesday to Sunday and Holidays 10.00 am - 1.00 p.m; 2.30 pm - 12 pm (from 10th to 15th June); 2.30 - 7.30 (from 18th June to 31 July)
Phone: +39 0732.22334
Facebook page: Blossom of Rebirth

Monday 10th June 2019, in the minor cloister of the Paper and Watermark Museum that has housed the Crafts and Folk Arts Pavilion, the exhibition Blossom of Rebirth will be inaugurated, with contemporary sculptures by Andrea Berni, James Harris, Corrado Marchese, Verena Mayer-Tasch, Elias Naman, Stefanie Oberneder, Giuliano Orlandi and Alex Rane. The exhibition, curated by Enza Di Vinci, is an homage by Carrara sculptors who have joined Carrara Studi Aperti (a cultural event in Carrara).

The exhibition is under the Promotion and the Patronage of UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Fabriano City, Fabriano City of Crafts and Folk Art, Municipality of Fabriano, Marche Regional Government, Aristide Merloni Foundation, Carrara City, Carrara City of Crafts and Folk Art, Municipality of Carrara. It was made possible with the support of Municipality of Carrara and the Partners: UNESCO Italian National Commission, Marche Cham- ber of Commerce, CR Fabriano and Cupramontana Foundation, Ancona Provincial Government, Grand Soleil, A.P.S. Oltre, Art Commission, Liberodiscrivere; of the main sponsors: Ariston Thermo Group, Intesa San Paolo; of the sponsors: Whirlpool, Faber Air Matters; of the technical sponsors: Cantine Mecella, Togni, iGuzzini, Tabularasa S.r.l., Tekè Gallery and Tosco ligure lab.

“The ideal city for a contemporary artist must respect the intimate dimension of the creative moment; make spaces, equipment, technologies and software readily available; and above all, it must offer very stimulating socialization experiences, to allow one to feel and discover while doing research. Many artists choose to work in countries that pro- vide them with simplified and inexpensive access to computer technology, software and hardware; then, they look for

craft skills in other countries. In particular, in Italy they find craftsmen, who, compared to those of other European countries, are more likely to experiment with them; more willing to create new technical solutions. Artist and craft- sman, in Italy, live a relationship of trust; charm and fascination are concentrated in a fruitful and enlightening colla- boration. The artist wants excellence when he needs a craftsman, but only in Italy, he can create and produce together with him”.

In Carrara there is a high density of art studios and craftshops in urban and suburban settings. The first study about this creative and crafts sector was done in 1991 by Geneviève Marotel. Today, artists and craftsmen live in a different socio-economic reality, but they are working together in an original and constructive way. One of the most interesting expressions of this relationship can be seen by participating in the coordinated public opening of ateliers and labora- tories that, every year, since 2013, draws the attention of the art comunity to the works and research of contemporary artists in Carrara. During Carrara Studi Aperti, visitors can see how artists and craftsmen work and live together in Carrara and in its territory. Certainly, this event is an exhibition opportunity, in which you can see artworks inside workspaces; an occasion to improve the tourist and cultural offerings in the city, but it is also an efficient form of edu- cation, that in a few days distributes knowledge to a large number of people, with high, broad and diversified accessi- bility. It is a widespread project, which has used “the strenght of the city to transmit cultural and educational contents first horizontally, in an open urban and extra-urban mesh, then, in vertical, with a deep learning in every atelier or laboratory, that is a deepening of knowledge and communication, which goes in depth and proceeds by degrees of experiences”.

Many artists in Carrara have come from craft sectors, many have studied in craftsmen apprenticeships, many have worked on commission for other artists, craftsmen, architects. When they have opened their ateliers, they have talked about their know how about crafts; they have trasmitted mostly a technical and craftsmen competence. Carrara has always been a center of excellence for education and training in the field of marble extraction and manufacturing te- chniques and craftsmanship, but today can also be the city of the artists who are living, working and teaching there. In this exhibition, eight artists among the over 200 of the last edition of Carrara Studi Aperti present their artworks telling, in a metaphoric way, the rebirth of their city and the renovation of their relationship with the society. “Where, in the past, there was only room for internal rivalries and competitions, from all the branches of a single tree flowers bloom and soon there will be the fruits to feed the urban community of the future”.

“Rebirth, transformation, fragility, life, matter, time, nature, form, appearance, self-perception, discovery, creativity, instinct, estrangement” are the theme of the exhibited artworks, which symbolically return to the a social, artistic and cultural renaissance and propose to the UNESCO network “an ideal city model that through art and creativity can set a new development path: ateliers as cities, cities as the world”.

The catalog of Blossom of Rebirth (16 x 23 cm, 54 pp., bilingual, Italian and English, illustrated with 24 photos), curated by Enza Di Vinci, was published, May 2019, in the series Art Commission by Liberodiscrivere and it is on sale on www.liberodiscrivere.it and in the stores online. The interested visitors can buy it in the bookshop of the Paper & Watermark Museum of Fabriano (Italy).

Filling in the Blanks

Two Person Show - Alex Rane and Tomas Watson

28 July - 5 September 2018

Accesso Galleria

via del Marzocco 68-70
55045 Pietrasanta (LU)  Italy

The two-person show of the works of Alex Rane and Tomas Watson entitled “Filling in the Blanks” has a curatorial focus not just of two figurative artists but more distinctly two artists approaching figurative art with a unified philosophy. The works presented are indeed figurative but both artists are not merely interested in portraying the figure in its perfection. Rather they are equally interested in the sections of the figure, or in the case of the backgrounds of certain Watson paintings, left undefined or incomplete. 

Although Rane and Watson are using completely diverse materials, they are both concentrating their work on parts of the body or sections of the painting. They leave the remainder, whether it is on canvas or in marble, in a sort of vaguely abstracted state. Certain areas are highly realistic and defined: shoulders and torsos accurately depicted, hands forming expressive gestures. Other sections of the same piece are left intentionally vague. Their unified philosophy is that they focus the viewer on the sections of their art they wish to highlight. They both believe that by leaving parts unfinished, the areas that are more clearly depicted are enhanced and therefore more powerful.

As Watson explains his oil paintings, “Parts of the paintings are intensely realistic and the rest could be labelled abstract. By keeping the ‘background’ vague or undefined, I am drawing attention to the things in which I am interested.” He refers to the other elements for which he has less interest as a sort of “framework” to hold the entire painting together. 

Rane echoes a similar idea of his marble sculptures. He explains: “In a time when so much has to be either right or wrong, I believe art has to be about subtleties. These pieces are about the process.” He leaves the marble as natural as possible and uses its shapes and textures to enhance the parts of the figure in which he is most interested. He explains further, “I want to create points of interest and then also give space for the eye to rest.”

As Watson refers to the superfluous areas as a “framework” for the paintings and Rane imbues his sculptures with “subtleties”, both of these artists are forcing the viewer to examine the areas in their art in which the artist is most interested. It is then, after the observer has seen these focal points, the artists ask the observer of their art to complete the story…to fill in the blanks they have left for their viewer.

Monochrome

31 May 2018 - 14 July 2018

Jankossen Gallery, New York, NY

529 W 20th St, 7th floor New York, USA

A group exhibition of Monochromatic artworks by represented artists Troy Simmons (USA), Dieter Kranzlein (Germany), Antonio Marra (Italy), Alex Rane (USA/Italy), Hannah Quinlivan (Australia), and Ye Jin-Young (South Korea).

Material Matters - A Sculpture Show

17 June 2017 - 14 July 2017

Accesso Galleria, Pietrasanta, Italy

Via del Marzocco, 68-70 Pietrasanta, Italy

The concept of the show, “Material Matters. A Sculpture Show,” is to bring together 4 international contemporary sculptors working in diverse materials. Some of the materials used are traditional (marble, wood) whereas others are more contemporary (foam, cardboard and resin).