London Metropolitan University
Five are the artists invited to confront themselves—from October 2011 to October 2012—with the showcase, made available by the London Metropolitan University, that faces Commercial Road.
Five site-specific works in which the artists Andrea Sala (IT), Per Oskar Leu (NO), Jesse Ash (UK), William Cobbing (UK), Pennacchio Argentato (IT) are called to review the characteristics of a space, such as the one of a display window, expressly exposed to the public.
To support the production of the works, created especially for the occasion, cura. has activated a collaboration with the Roman galleries Federica Schiavo Gallery, 1/9 unosunove, Monitor, Furini Arte Contemporanea and T293.
cura. is a curatorial platform that revolves around the production of a quarterly magazine (cura.magazine), a publishing house (cura.books) and a space (cura.space), through which it investigates the contemporary artistic production and promotes the most actual developments of the emerging practice, thanks to the collaboration with international artists and curators, the production of artists books, limited editions, exhibition projects and curatorial consulting.
Project curators → Andrea Baccin & Ilaria Marotta
UK coordinator → Susanna Bianchini
October 11 → November 15
Opening October 11 - from 5.30 pm
Andrea Sala - Tuti Fruti → November 30 2011
Per-Oskar Leu - The English: Are They Human? → February 29 2012
Jesse Ash - A treatment for Outcomes → May 28 2012
William Cobbing - Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day → July 6 2012
WhereCommercial Road, East End — London
Andrea Sala (Como, Italy, 1976) lives and works between Milan and Montréal, Canada.
He graduated in Milan at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Since his early works he developed a specific attention to the forms of design and architecture, questioning the materials that constitute them and their formal values.
Selected personal and group exhibitions include → M/S/M, Molinari Foundation, Montréal (2011) → Totem e Taboo, Museums Quartier Wien, Vienna, Austria (2011) → L'Ultima Sigaretta, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome (2011) → Manimal, Kaleidoscope Space, Milan (2010) → SI - Sindrome Italiana: La jeune création artistique italienne, Le Magasin-Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2010) → La Scultura Italiana del XXI secolo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2010) → Cicognino, Optica Centre for Contemporary Art, Montréal (2009) → Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal (2009) → Networks, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome (2008) → Allunaggio and other Landings, MACO, Mexico (2008)
October 13 — Press Release
Federica Schiavo Gallery
At the beginning of 2008 Federica Schiavo ended her role as head of the curatorial department of Hangar Bicocca in Milan to set up her own contemporary art gallery in Rome. The gallery opened in January 2009 with the first solo show in Italy of the American artist Jay Heikes. The creation of her own gallery has allowed Federica to concentrate on her primary interest in researching, developing and promoting the work of a new generation of artists from around the world.
The artists presented in the gallery thus far have worked in a variety of media including video, performance and painting but have all been united in their rigorous and original approach to both traditional and contemporary subject matter. The artists represented by the gallery are: Salvatore Arancio, Simona Barbera, Bhakti Baxter, Pascal Hachem, Anne Hardy, Jay Heikes, Ariel Orozco, Gabriele Porta, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Andrea Sala, Rob Sherwood. In the last two years, the gallery was selected to appear, among other fairs, at the Artissima, Turin 2011/2010/2009 and the Frieze Art Fair-Frame, London 2010www
Per-Oskar Leu (Oslo, 1980) lives and works in Oslo.
He graduated in 2009 at the Städelschule - Frankfurt Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste. In his works Leu distills layers of information into objects of iconic simplicity through a process of condensation and an associative play of thought.
Selected personal and group exhibitions include → PICA PICA, Entree, Bergen (2011) → Vox Clamantis in Deserto, unosolo (1/9 unosunove project room), Rome, (2010) → BFF, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2010) → Part Thirteen: Per-Oskar Leu, Vanish, Frankfurt am Main (2010) → Our TV Part 2, SWG3, Glasgow (2010) → Judge me, Johann Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2009) → Frieze Projects, London (2009)
February 29 — Press Release
1/9unosunove was founded in Rome in 2005 in the historic space of Palazzo Santacroce. The gallery is committed to the promotion and representation of both national and international emerging artists. Exhibitions at 1/9unosunove, often in collaboration with some of the best contemporary curators, established the gallery as a quality operator in the promotion of art in Rome and throughout Italy.
In September 2009 unosolo born as the project room designed to develop both the artistic research and promotion of young artists through site-specific projects. From 2010 unosolo takes place in the new space in Via Broletto in Milan. Artists currently represented by 1/9unosunove are internationally recognized and exhibit both in museums and prestigious collections throughout the world.www
Jesse Ash (London, 1977) lives and works in London.
In 2010 he received his PhD from Goldsmiths College in London. Ash examines socio-political paradigms, the tradition of reportage and art historical orthodoxies. Political events, actions or speech are often used by the artist as a starting point to initiate an ongoing process, where elements are removed, hidden or encrypted as to make visible the various methods of formulation and composition of the language.
Selected personal and group exhibitions include → A Battle for Narrative, Monitor, Rome, (2011) → An Exhibition of Distances, Tulips and Roses, Brussels (2011) → The Obstacle Is Tautology, Cite des Arts Montmartre, Paris (2010) → The Plurality of One, Monitor, Rome (2010) → The Happy Interval, Croy Nielsen, Berlin (2010)
April 24 — Press Release
Monitor Gallery was founded in 2003. Since its beginnings one of its main objectives was to provide an experimental space for a new generation of artists. Monitor is in fact the first Roman based gallery to be totally committed to promoting both international artists such as Ursula Mayer, Guido van der Werve, Nathaniel Mellors, Alexandre Singh, and also strong young Italian artists like Francesco Arena, Rä di Martino, Nico Vascellari, Antonio Rovaldi, ZimmerFrei.
Monitor’s raison d’être is also to support Italian art giving artists the international exposure they deserve.
Since 2006 the gallery has launched the artist-in-residence hosting young international artists in the city of Rome.
Moreover, the gallery promotes the work of the artists through the creation of significant projects, the co-production of films and videos, the publishing and contribution to artists books also in collaboration with museums, institutions, curators and collectors.
William Cobbing (London, 1974) Lives and works in London.
He gained a PhD in Fine Art by Practice at the Middlesex University in London. His works refer to the concept of entropy and, underlining the extent to which earthly material is irreversibly dispersed, they give rise to a definitive blurring of the boundaries between the body and the landscape.
Selected personal and group exhibitions include → More soup and Tart, Barbican Theatre, London (2011) → Body Gestures, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2011) → Visibility, Gallery North, University of Northumbria, Newcastle (2010) → Man in the Planet, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan (2010) → Reversals, Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2010)
July 5 — Press Release
Furini Arte Contemporanea
Furini Arte Contemporanea is a contemporary art gallery based in Rome and its purpose is to discover and support the work of international emerging artists who work in the media of video art, installation, painting, sculpture, photography and performance. The activities of the gallery include external curated projects and co-operations with institutions.
Recentest shows at Furini Arte Contemporanea gallery in Rome → Tim Ellis Sons of Pioneers (2011) → Gabriel Hartley Crimping (2011) → Marcelo Cidade Roads Not Taken (2010) → William Cobbing Reversals (2010) → Robert Barta Why Ants Can't Dance (2010) → Philip Wiegard Uomini-statua-oggetto (2010)www
Pasquale Pennacchio (1979) and Marisa Argentato (1977), currently live and work in Naples.
Their artistic work focuses on factors of production, on the interrelations of labour, money and value creation and on the promise of individual progress associated with it.
Selected personal and group exhibitions include → Amikejo, Museo di Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León (2011) → Five o’clock shadows, T293, Roma (2010) → The New Boring Midway, Contemporary Art in Minneapolis, Minneapolis (2010) → SI - Sindrome Italiana, La jeune création artistique italienne, Le Magasin-Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2010) → Dude, where's my Career?, MMK Zollamt/Portikus, Frankfurt (2009)
October 11 — Press Release
T293 was founded in Naples in 2002 as a non-profit space aimed at promoting emerging artists. In 2006, T293 began operating as a commercial gallery. The new structure helped identifying new goals, to expand the mission of the gallery through a more international approach and curatorial attitude.
The strength of the city, along with intellectual approach, defines the identity of the gallery, which intends to present to an increasing audience, a series of ambitious exhibitions by emerging artists whose creative process is centralized in an experimental and conceptual research. In October 2010, T293 has opened a new exhibition space in Rome that allows the gallery to mark its presence in a city with a high concentration of major cultural institutions.www