Uncanny Fairy Tales – Andrea Salvatori

curated by Elena Magini
Feb. 26th – Apr. 5th  2013
opening: Tuesday 26 February, h. 6.30 PM
The exhibition is made in collaboration with  THE POOL NYC

The exhibition brings to life a fantastical and surprising, surreal and ironic journey of sculpture. The pieces constitute plots in which things are not what they appear, forms and images that are manipulated and reconfigured to decree an existence where reality is plural and multifaceted.
The work of Salvatori is characterized by a kitsch aesthetic, and it is corroborated by an imagination located somewhere between pop and baroque, by a profound focus on the intense object in an almost surrealistic sense, and by the artist’s extensive use of ceramics with expertise and technical knowledge in order to construct imaginary and dissonant worlds.
Each sculpture created by Salvatori draws inspiration from the observation of natural forms, from the appropriation of the material and its declination within the object: the absolute definition of details contributes to the natural quality of the elements and at the same time the artist’s attention leans towards the creation of diversionary and suspended narratives, disturbing or simply extravagant images, objects deprived of their functionality.
A further linguistic jolt created by Salvatori through his more recent works is a massive adhesion to geometry intended not in the minimalist/conceptual sense but in its potential to give place to a narrative, to a story that does not tell itself in terms of sanctioned communication: assemblages of rational and perfect forms – pyramids, cylinders, spheres – which construct new entities that mutate the original meaning of the object and thus giving space to new figures marked by an uncertain statute and that are semantically indefinite, a space where a provisional and ironic aspect is evident.
Irony, yet another distinctive trait of Salvatori’s work, is confirmed as a privileged means to conduct the spectator towards a self-interrogation of the actual perception of the proposed contemplative experience in the midst of paradoxes, attractions, and estrangements.

The exhibition will furthermore feature the result of a series of workshops held in 2011-2012 with FUA ceramics students.

Andrea Salvatori was born in Faenza (Ravenna) in 1975. He obtained his diploma from the Istituto d’Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza in 1995 and completed his sculpture studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna in 2000. He lives and works in Solarolo (Ravenna), his curriculum features many exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Principal solo shows: Naiv/Vain, curated by Chiara Cardinali, Museo di S. Domenico / Il Pomo Da Damo, Imola (2012); <1, curated by Chiara Camoni and Alessanda Andrini, MAgra, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Granara, Granara, Valmozzola, PR, (2012); Five Solo Exhibitions, ThePoolNyc, Corte Malipiero, Venezia (2003) – Collezione di Ceramiche, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Galleria Estro, Padova (2009). Principal collective shows: Amichevolmente, curated by Betta Frigieri, Betta Frigieri Arte Contemporanea, Modena (2012); Tu Sei Un Nome Che Respira e Muove, curated by Dacia Manto, Museo della Città, Rimini, RN (2012); 54° Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Biennale di Venezia; Padiglione Italia; Regione Emilia Romagna curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Chiostri di S. Pietro, Reggio Emilia (2011); La Pierre De La Folie, Dolomiti Contemporanee, Sass Muss, Sospirolo (B), curated by Alberto Zanchetta (2011); Caprice, Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi (MI), curated by Marco Tagliafierro and Davide Tomaiuolo (2011); Ahasvero, curated by Alberto Zanchetta and Federico Lupo, Zelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo (2007); In Ralenti, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia (2002). Awards: First place at the 56th Premio Faenza, an international ceramics competition, MIC, Museo Internazionale della Ceramica, Faenza, Ravenna (2008).

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