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closed Signs of light: drawing as a project

Curated by: Sara Liuzzi

The show

In the historic center of Taranto, in the evocative spaces of the CRAC Puglia - Contemporary Art Research Center, of the Rocco Spani ONLUS Foundation, located in the former Convent of the Olivetan Fathers, sec. XIII, Saturday, September 14 at 6.30 pm will take place the inauguration of the exhibition of contemporary art "SIGNS OF LIGHT: drawing as a project", with design tables and preparatory drawings by Carlo Bernardini, Giulio De Mitri, Paolo Scirpa, Massimo Uberti.

Conquering both artificial and natural light, making its effects and changes in interiors and exteriors, on bodies and objects, has been a fundamental research of painting for centuries, but only in the 20th century did artists take over the light , artificial light, no longer painted.

The medium of artificial light is used by artists with extreme freedom, treating it almost as if it were a color to spread on the canvas or as a plastic material with which to make a sculpture.

"Light is certainly one of the most versatile mediums, capable of involving the viewer in different moods and in immersive and multi-sensory perceptions," says curator Sara Liuzzi, art critic and historian, in the presentation in the catalog. lecturer at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin - from this principle a process of study and analysis is started in which light in art is considered from a further point of view: the design moment, or the main phase that heralds it and he draws the salient features of the work that will be carried out.The exhibition path of the exhibition focuses on little-known, yet fundamental aspects of artistic planning: what is the genesis of a luminous work? And how does the preparatory study evolve ? (...) Creativity at the service of artistic research: this is the starting point of the exhibition, which intends to focus attention on the sign and design aspects that p withdraw the representation of the work, bringing the conceptual phase into the limelight, the embryonic dimension of an idea with infinite possibilities of realization, through the constructive process - project and process - which often changes during the research ".

The exhibition presents four artists, of clear international renown, belonging to different generations, formations and geographies, who have chosen, over the years, light as a fundamental and principal medium of their artistic research.

The exhibition thus proposes a careful dialogue with the artists: Carlo Bernardini, Giulio De Mitri, Paolo Scirpa, Massimo Uberti, who with their design works redefine Light Art, an art language whose focus is on light, as an aesthetic medium and message, as the Canadian sociologist and scholar McLuhan said: "the medium is the message", so the light works of these artists contain the message that is the content of the medium, without which these works do not could exist.

The exhibition is structured in four spaces, each one is dedicated to an artist who presents an adequate number of projects and preparatory drawings for works already realized or to be realized.

The exhibition is promoted by the CRAC Puglia - Contemporary Art Research Center of the Rocco Spani Foundation Onlus, in collaboration with the association "MAS - Modern Apulian Style" and the gallery "Opere scelta" of Turin, sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums), as part of the 15th Contemporary Art Day.

For the occasion, a publication was produced by the CRAC for the "Arte e Nuovi Media" Contemporary Art Series, containing institutional contributions by Giovanna Tagliaferro, director of the Rocco Spani Foundation, and Gemma Lanzo, co-founder of MAS and curator of MAS Week, preface by the art historian Luigi Paolo Finizio, critical essay by curator Sara Liuzzi, biographical sheets of the artists and iconographic apparatus with preparatory projects and drawings.

Works on display

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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 17
74123 Taranto


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