Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LIKE A BIRD, NOT A FEATHER-LORCAN O'NEILL GALLERY ROME

Normally it is bad to be late, but sometimes it can be a real opportunity. I knew that the opening of the exhibition "Like a bird, not a feather" was at 6pm, but one thing lead to another and by the time I got there it was 9. As soon as I entered the courtyard to leading to Lorcan O' Neill's gallery in vicolo dei Catinari, the lights were turned off. Mad at myself I was about to leave, but Mr O'Neill kindly offered to reopen he gallery for a quick visit. Not only that, he even took the time to briefly introduce the works on show. How lucky and pleased was I to have a private visit of the gallery on a opening night!
 The exhibition is a selection of pieces selected by previously shows exhibited at the gallery.
On the floor of the first room is displaied a sculptur by Richard Long: "Roman Line"-serpentino stones, on wall behind we can see three works by Giorgio Griffa. Richard Long is one of the most prominent members of a generation of artists who revolutionised the art world in 1970's. Combining elements of Arte Povera, minimalism and conceptual art, he has been in the vanguard of Land Art since 1967. Long works with nature and creates a spiritual bond with the hearth, reviving and materialising the idea that nature has always been present in artistic activity.
Giorgio Griffa is one the most radical artists of the avant-garde working in Italy since the 70s. His paintings employ a gestural series of marks in bright and intense acrylic colours on raw, unstretched canvas. In the same room there are also some works by Martin Creed, an artist who sees no distinction between visual art and music, his pieces range from compositions for orchestra to performances with his band and dancers, from architectural commissions and public monuments to paintings, sculpture, installation and film.
The second room is dedicated to the german artist Anselm Kiefer. His work combines painting, photography, book and sculpture. Kiefer's existential work of memory expands to a spiritual quest fuelled by great myths and cabalistic mysticism.
In the third room are on display four works by Luigi Ontani: "Erme Bonaventura", "Angelo rivelato", "autoritratto con tavolozza dei colori viventi" and "Tavolozza dei colori Nominali"
where are depicted characters who have to name a color.  Luigi Ontani is considered one of the most influential and innovative Italian artists working today. He has been working across multiple media since 1965 experimenting photography, creating life-size prints, performance, video and film. He is best know for his Tableaux Vivants, works in which he is the subject, where he combines Western and Eastern iconographical traditions while referencing historical, allegorical and mythological themes.
Richard Long: Roman Line-Serpentino stones, 2016
Giorgio Griffa: Obliquo(acrilico on linen, 1973); Canone Aureo 482(Acrylic on canvas, 2015);
Canone Aureo 874(Acrylic on canvas, 2015)
Richard Long:Untitled (River Avon mud, China clay, binder and paint on canvas, 2013)

Richard Long:Untitled(River avon mud on handmade, 2005)

Martin Creed: Work No. 1588(iron Beams, 2013)
Work No.2199 (Gesso on canvas, 2015)

Martin Creed: Work No.2097-No2096-No2095 (Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 2014)

Anselm Kieffer: San Loreto (oil on canvas, 2009)

Anselm Kieffer: Gilgamesch im Zedernwald (Paint and charcoal on black and white photograph, 1969-2009)
Anselm Kieffer:Voyage au Bout de la Nuit (Paint and charcoal on black and white photograph, 1998)
Luigi Ontani: Autoritratto con tavolozza dei colori viventi(black and white photography on canvas)
Tavolozza dei colori Nominali (
policrome ceramic sculpture, 1969-2015)
Luigi Ontani:Tavolozza dei colori Nominali (policrome ceramic sculpture, 1969-2015)

Luigi Ontani:Erme Bonaventura (Polychrome ceramic sculpture)

Luigi Ontani:Angelo Rivelato (Colour photograph, 1975)
LOCARN O'NEILL GALLERY
VICOLO DEI CATINARI,3
UNTILL SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
http://www.lorcanoneill.com/

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