Tuesday, 22 October 2013
29 Arts In Progress unveils its first group exhibition “Humans Among Aliens”, a Showcase of Contemporary Italian Art. Distorting the phrase “aliens among humans”, this exhibition speaks of humanity in a world that is becoming increasingly alien, and therefore less comprehensible, communicative and intelligible. In this collective exhibition we are brought back to basics with the pure spirituality of Valerio Berruti, the deep subconscious of José D’Apice and the strong human expressiveness of Troilo.
Innocent Awakenings by Valerio Berruti
Distorting the phrase “aliens among humans”, this exhibition speaks of humanity in a world that is becoming increasingly alien, and therefore less comprehensible, communicative and intelligible. In this collective exhibition, we are brought back to basics with Berruti’s depiction of innocent children responding with pure fear and joy towards the world – an alter ego of Berruti himself. Berruti uses the ancient method of fresco and the simple, soft crayon lines to convey the emotions of timid curiosity, sorrow and bashfulness. His works also suggest a new sensitivity arising from the relationship between the individual and global collective consciousness. Hundreds of his drawings have been also produced into animations. A total of 11 frescoes on jute and over 30 drawings on cardboard and Japanese paper will be showcased in Singapore.
An Exploration of the Imagination and Subsconscious by José D’Apice
Using the combination, fusion and metamorphic transformation of the iconic elements and concrete materials to create a world loaded with cryptic implications and a vast collection of literary, scientific and anthropological references with diverse origins, D’Apice’s works combine mixed techniques of drawing and collage. Surrealist culture is a fundamental theme underlying D’Apice’s works. The artist’s visions and obsessions are manifested in a sophisticated puppet theatre of the absurd, comprising of parts from mannequins, human silhouettes pieced together like puzzles, skeletons with grinning skulls, and strange beast-like objects.
Expressive Black and White Works by Troilo
Known for his incredibly expressive black and white works, Troilo’s highly energetic pieces are created purely by his unique tool of art – his fingers. Without any use of special effects, Troilo is able to create large finger paintings that centre around selfportraits and the multiplication or cloning of himself. His paintings are dense, primordial, physical and powerful media that prevent him from succumbing to conformity. Troilo sets the stage for the co-habitation of multiple personalities, struggling to resolve conflicts, paving the way for more complex compositions.
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