Long busy weeks in and around F_AIR

We have been very busy lately, and we will be for a little while. Little recap, with some visual adds:

– on Monday 8 of April, Victoria DeBlassie inaugurated F(light), the Intermediate Ceramic class project, held at Fly, and soon moved  at the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (Apr. 20th –  28th), to decorate a “table of wonders” including delicatessen from our master chefs of Apicius. This is one of the many places where I will greatly thank students Genin McKenzie and Kristen Watt to have been part of it, and spent more than their class time to the making of this project, incorporating ceramic and light. While I’m writing I’m realizing that the links to FB pages are more informative than the official websites for these temporary events, therefore, here you find the FB to Fly, to the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato, and to Apicius.

– on Monday 15 of April we inaugurated Omnia at F_AIR, the solos of the 3 DIVA certificate students Adelina Antal, Anna Saint Ange, Sebastian Hobbs

– on Friday 19 of April, Eric Mistretta had an enjoyable Artist Talk to students and few outsiders. Avoiding in depth reflection Eric inspired positive thinking on absurdness of matching and juxtaposition random objects. In addition he shared his feelings about being in Florence, and what is it like to be an artist who works surrounded by other artists, or simply being “watched” while he is at work

– the day after, April 20th, Eric Mistetta inaugurated Opera Delocalizzata, a solo in multiple locations in Faenza (Ra), curated by a fellow artist Nero/Alessandro Neretti. I was supposed to go but then I missed two trains, because of my overwhelming schedule (promise, it’s the last time I mention it). I was fortunate enough though, since another fellow artist, Andrea Salvatori, shared with me some shots of the early opening in one of the venues, with janitors that are still doing the last cleanings… – I’m sure Eric will love this!

-on Apr. 24th the School of Fine Arts of FUA will open Between Two Worlds, the end of the year exhibition… I hate to say that again, things are done at the very last moment here! Who’s fault? BTW it will be at Ganzo, hope you can make it.

– on Tue Apr. 30th Eric Mistretta will open Plan B, his long waited solo! It will be certainly at F_AIR, and, well I can’t wait for this to happen! For a sort of coincidence that same night is the white night in Florence: galleries, museums, shops, will be open all night long, parties will be all over, a sort of Queen’s day in Amsterdam – well, in my dreams! ;-). Anyway, the show announces to be a disengaged and unplanned reflection on the state of our western civilization and its middle class hedonism

– the newest news is that from May 2nd to May 6th, F_AIR is taking part to an interesting project promoted by FARE, an Italian network of residencies. The specific project for RESIDENZAITALIA 2013 is Taking Position: Identity Questioning, conceived and promoted by FARE in collaboration with Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory of Yerevan, and curated by Susanna Gyulamiryan and Aria Spinelli. Together with Il Vivaio del Malcantone and GuilmiArtProject, F_AIR will be hosting 2 Armenian and one Italian artists (plus a curator), who will interact with our local communities, our FUA students, and art professionals from Florence and beyond. Artists are Karen Andreassian, Angela Zurlo, Armine Hovhannisyan. Just let us refine the contents of this event, which is a great opportunity for F_AIR, our students, and the city of Florence, to enter the debate on identity, multiculturalism, and sharing.

The project is made possible by the contribution of FARE, which with RESIDENZAITALIA 2013, offers a grant to Italian residencies of www.artinresidence.it, a network for residency programs for artists and curators in Italy and abroad, conceived by FARE in collaboration with Open Care and the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, GAI – Associazione Circuito Giovani Artisti Italiani.

Il progetto è reso possibile grazie al contributo di FARE che, con RESIDENZAITALIA 2013, ha offerto un grant destinato alle residenze italiane appartenenti alla rete www.artinresidence.it, piattaforma dedicata ai programmi di residenza in Italia e all’estero per artisti e curatori, nata da un’idea di FARE in collaborazione con Open Care e con il contributo di Fondazione Cariplo, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, GAI – Associazione Circuito Giovani Artisti Italiani.