BUILDING presents Matters, Spaces, Visions, an exhibition project dedicated to three artists who have designed the works in dialogue with the architecture of the rooms, on three separate floors. Therefore most of the works on display are site specific, new productions or never shown before. This specific exhibition mode – separated by floors – is a signature of BUILDING, which proposes once again a format experimented for the first time in January 2019.
Three artists with different tendencies, as it is normal, but with some common traits, as it is right since we see them exhibiting together. Not in a collective, however, played on the comparison between works by different authors, but in three solo shows, each floor of BUILDING assigned to an artist.
It is up to the observer to catch differences and affinities at the same time. The viewer will first notice the multiplicity of expressive choices that each artist adopts with extreme freedom; the viewer will see noble and canonical materials coexist with others who are absolutely non-artistic, chosen without awe because of their significant value. Sophie Ko, Valerie Krause and Marco Andrea Magni are well aware that to transgress a rule it is necessary to have known it and assumed it in all its significance: only then one can attempt to overcome it. The modernist lesson, in sculpture with its relationship with space, in painting with the radical instance of the monochrome, has been assimilated, now it is a matter of moving forward. The knowledge of the history of art, not only recent, is related to the attitude of considering philosophy as orientation of work, and perhaps of existence.
What is now called into question is the emotional sphere, the creativity of the image that forges the materials, the strength to assume almost the thickness of the metaphor. Sophie Ko’s compacted pigment in the glass gradually gives way to gravity and makes the work an entity in progress; Magni’s velvet surfaces hold the fine sand of an hourglass, the emblem of an exploded time; the interrupted line of Krause draws a fragmented diagonal that dynamizes the floor on which it is placed.
These and others exhibited works take on evocative power, the observer is asked to consider the materials and forms, so freely arranged in space, for what they are, but they are also invited to transcend them, to catch the visionary aspect that each of them hides and reveals at the same time.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue composed by critical texts, a general introduction and three essays, each one dedicated to a specific artist, which multiply the points of view and the possible readings of this already stratified landscape. The critical contributions are by Andrea Pinotti for Sophie Ko, Giulia Bortoluzzi for Valerie Krause and Francesca Pasini for Marco Andrea Magni. – Giorgio Verzotti
Sophie Ko (Tbilisi, 1981) places the issue of time at the center of her artistic practice by establishing a strong symbolic relationship between the materials used – mostly ashes of burnt images and pure pigments – and the images created. The change and instability of materials in relation to the flow of time are some of the constants of her artistic research. Her most recent personal exhibitions include: Geografie temporali, International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca ’Pesaro, Venice, 2019, Sporgersi nella notte, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2018, The Open Box, Milan, 2018, Terra. Temporal Geographies, Galleria de ‘Foscherari, Bologna, 2016, Silva Imaginum, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2015, Solo Show, AplusB Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, 2014. She won the Grand Prize of Painting at the MAC of Lissone in 2016.
Valerie Krause was born in 1976 in Krefeld. Her artistic practice is based on sculpture often accompanied by photography. For the artist it is extremely important the spatial concept of sculpture within the individual piece as well as in the interaction of several pieces. Working with a variety of media she often uses rough material, which she transforms into something delicate and poetic. Her work has been shown in places such as Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne, Kit Düsseldorf, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin and Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. She is represented by galleries such as Greta Meert Brussels, Rolando Anselmi Rome/Berlin, Heinz Holtman Cologne and L21, Palma de Mallorca. In addition to several awards that she has gained, her work is part of public collections like the contemporary art collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Konrad Adenauer Siftung in Italy and the Collection of NRW. For a long timeshe was based in Düsseldorf (apprenticeship as a stonemason with Fritz Meyerand studies at the Kunstakademie). She now runs her own studio in Solingen.
Marco Andrea Magni
Marco Andrea Magni (1975) lives and works in Milan. He explores the conditions of possibility and of chance by restoring the corporal experience that has dissolved to a sculpture. His work evolves across several subjects: from moral philosophy to artistic reflection and to the experience of sculpture, until one can find their own epicenter in a dialogue with the other that embodies the representative interlocutor. The works of art epitomize the way to exist in this world, arranging themselves to become all of its facets, embracing the numerous manners one needs in order to stay. Selected solo exhibitions in 2019 are Medicamenta, curated by Matilde Galletti, Palazzo Bernetti Evangelista, Fermo. Fuggisole, Galleria FuoriCampo, Siena. Touché, Il Crepaccio Instagram Show, curated by Caroline Corbetta.