Featuring Claudio Malacarne & Gianluca Vidal
Painter Claudio Malacarne and glass artist Gianluca Vidal are accomplished artists in their mediums. While both artists have had exhibitions in the United States this is the first time their work will be shown together. For centuries Italy has been home to artists who have mastered their craft. Malacarne and Vidal continue this heritage. The exhibition is a celebration of gesture and color and a unique opportunity to experience contemporary Italian artwork at its finest.
Riflessioni di Colore will feature works from Claudio Malacarne's Water series. Immersed in cool expressionistic pools of color, the figures depicted in Malacarne's paintings appear relaxed and comfortable. Unaware of the gaze of the viewer, the subjects float, swim and wade through the compositions. Water encompasses the entire format of the canvas devoid of land or a horizon, leaving only the gesture and emotion of the subjects. The subjects appear youthful and preoccupied with their own space, their eyes closed or gazing into an implied distance. The landscape, inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, is familiar to most as a place of leisure. Rendered as infinite space, it becomes a metaphor for a safe environment where the figures share an intimate experience with the viewer. Each composition is like a memory — a moment that is familiar, yet hard to place in time. A tribute to the aquatic scenes depicted in the paintings of neo-expressionist artist Eric Fischl, Malacarne finds a unique voice in his gestural brush strokes and bold palette of colors.
Each piece Gianluca Vidal creates is a dizzying exercise in rich color, movement and texture, reflecting the intricate fabric of his native city and studio home in Venice. From these he twists, bends and pulls them into spectacular murrine and zanfirico pieces. These complex murrine follow a tradition revived by Venetian glassmakers in Murano in the early 16th century. The pieces are cut and prepared on a metal plate in a pattern that will result in Vidal's signature compositions of brilliant colors and shapes. The colors are carefully curated and range from warm earth tones to a cool aquatic spectrum. Vidal then prepares a "gather" of hot glass (around 2,400 degrees) on the end of his blowpipe. The gather is rolled over the warmed glass murrine pieces in a "pick-up." Vidal proceeds with the careful process of reheating, rolling, shaping, blowing and adding more glass until he has all the pieces perfectly fused together. The blowpipe is switched to a "punty" and attached at a different location so the artist can change the "axis" of the vase. This technique is only mastered by a small number of artists and allows
Date: August 11th - September 30th, 2017
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