closed Alchemy

The show

The installation paintings and sculptures of the two Tuscan artists on display from 2 June to 26 July 2020 in the Lu.CCA Lounge & Underground.

The material that transforms itself, contaminates itself and becomes a pretext for reflections on human things and the supernatural. Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti have fun playing with their own means of expression, one creating paintings-installations and the other sculptures that arise from the mixture of the most diverse materials. Their works produce “Alchimie”, as the title of their collective exhibition exhibited in the Lu.CCA Lounge & Underground from 2 June to 26 July 2020 with free admission.

“Those of Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti - writes the director of the Lu.CCA Maurizio Vanni - are two apparently dissonant worlds, two antithetical styles (one informal and the other figurative), two opposite aesthetic outcomes. But if we assume that neither of them is looking for aesthetic answers, the perceptual path could turn out to be even more interesting. Their approach to the visual arts is similar in that it is transformed into a tool that, in progress, has to do with what we could define as metamorphosis, continuous evolution or, more simply, an alchemical process ”.

The artistic outcome of their works is based on the process of transmutation of metals into gold , dear to alchemical science, according to which the creation, corrupted by original sin, tends to return towards the original perfection, just like the metals that change towards the noblest form of their kind or gold. “Bracalenti's compositions, increasingly projecting and pervasive - underlines Vanni - seem to rotate in a slow centripetal vortex that attracts objects, contaminating them with matter, aggregating them with the surface and transmuting everything through light”. His works-installations tend to expand outside the confines of the wooden support and act as a catalyst for external elements to then bring attention back to the interior of the painting itself.

Scotti's sculptural structures - continues Vanni - could be considered a hymn to nature because they are connected to the four primary elements. The forms, more or less figurative and essential, become pretexts for an investigation that goes beyond the surface of things, which is sublimated in the conscious use of symbols that shifts perception from the emotional sphere to the cerebral one. Isabella transforms the material into a form that meets the chromatic patina and the surface to then join the light, the supreme beauty. The result is volumes in the round that do not have to explain or narrate anything, but suggest paths of knowledge and self-knowledge ".

Marcela Bracalenti and Isabella Scotti experiment with matter , the evolution of forms and the transformation of objects . “On the one hand - concludes Vanni -, in Scotti's works, the individual, a symbol of life and of the passing of time, reappears cyclically, making us reflect on the most important issues of our being; on the other hand, in Bracalenti's works, the material, at the same time fluid and solid, concrete and spiritual, ephemeral and eternal, pushes us to never take anything for granted and not to dwell on the appearance of things ”.

Works on display

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