Marco Andrea Magni
opening 23 April from 6 p.m.
23 April - 7 May 2014
Rue Leon Lepage-straat 49 Brussels
The FuoriCampo Gallery in Siena opens its temporary space in Brussels on Wednesday 23 April with show by Giovanni Kronenberg (Milan, 1974) and Marco Andrea Magni (Sorengo, CH, 1975). It will be the first of four exhibitions to be presented in the Belgian capital over the next two months.
The exhibition is the result of reflections by the two artists around the contraction of space and time, that translates the instant into an eternity, and vice versa. The works shown (mostly new works) construct a unified discourse by two artists who, although working independently, both address the issue of the infinite expansion of measureless time, in opposition to a limited (and limiting) temporality in which they both converge, via parallel routes.
Giovanni Kronenberg observes the attractive (and yet disturbing) fascination of naturalia, residual creatures of a becoming that devours being, as witnesses to, and reminders (memoralia) of, a past which they no longer belong to. The sculptures on display are characterized by the fact they have all been subjected to incisions, and by the man-made result from which they originate as objects, more or less found or manipulated, rather than as works. The collection of wonders and memoralia does not exhaust the full range of the complex languages that they evoke. Rather, it is in the present that they find their rightful place, and their ontological status. Mysterious shapes and forms translate eons and cosmic distances into the infinite hugeness of an instant, in which the cycle is completed in the eternal present.
Marco Andrea Magni presents a series of works that appear as moments in a single, multi-sensory journey that starts from an act and leads up to observation. Each work displays this ambivalence as to its origin and function, privileging minimal aspects, and a search for materials that is geared towards making the distance between touch and sight both ephemeral and uncertain. This attempt takes concrete shape, in the artist’s intention, in the possibility of touching light, as the ultimate goal of a quest which has led him through the use of the body as the preferred site where this dialectic takes place.
Accordingly, whereas Magni focuses his attention on the continual recurrence and reappropriation of the moment, for Kronenberg this moment is endowed with the infinitely expanded gaze that embraces the eternal instant of universal duration. Both artists glimpse the unity of time beyond the human scale, and it could be said that their solutions constitute the extremes of this, or both sides of the same coin, as it were; the intangible dust of the particles of time, or geological eons that are there, within our reach.
The exhibition will be on view until 7 May.
© photo on the invitation: Etna, the forge of Hephaestus by Francesco Pappalardo
Special thanks to:
Cantina Argiano, Montalcino (SI)
Jab Anstoetz Group
Giovanni Kronenberg born in Milan in 1974, lives and works in Milan and Rome
Among latest solo shows: 2014 Galleria Fuoricampo, Brussels; 2012 Studio Guenzani, Milan; 2011 Studio Alessandro Piangiamore, Rome; 2007 Studio Guenzani, Milan; 2006 Studio Guenzani, Milan; 2005 Studio Ercolani, Bologne. Among latest group shows: 2014 Public art project for the centenary of the CONI, Rome; 2014 8+1 otto artisti e una presenza, spazio Lato e BBS, Prato; 2013 ARType, archetipi della videoarte, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza 2012; Re-Generation, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; 2012 Smeared with the gold of the opulent sun, Nomas Foundation, Rome; 2011 Mina a mano amata, Studio Geddes, Rome; 2011 Videoart Yearbook, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; 2011 Andate e Ritorno, Studio Guenzani, Milan; 2010 No soul for sale, TATE Modern, London UK; 2009 Guardami il volto e lo sguardo nell’ arte 1969-2009, MCA Lugano CH; 2009 Thanksgiving, Peep-Hole space, Milan; 2008 Oplà videoanimation from Italy, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris FR; 2008 VideoReport Italy, GCAC Monfalcone, Gorizia; 2008 Il rimedio Perfetto, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan 2008 Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Turin; 2008 Not Dark Yet, Spazio Boz2Art, Milan; 2007 Apocalittici e Integrati, MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti XXI secolo, Rome; 2007 VideoArtYearbook, Università degli Studi, Bologne; 2005 Arte all’ Arte X, San Gimignano and other, Siena; 2005 Thin Line, Viafarini, Milan; 2004 Tracce di un Seminario, Viafarini&CareOf, Milan; 2003 Luogo/Non Luogo=Nuovo Luogo, Fondazione Ratti, Como
Marco Andrea Magni born in Sorengo (Switzerland) in 1975, gratuated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, then pursuing a master’s degree in ESF Technical Organization and Communication of Visual Arts. Later he attended the post-graduate course in Visual Arts at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, with Nonas. IUAV in Venice participates in seminars philosophical - theoretical with Giorgio Agamben and visual art with Remo Salvadori, becaming his assistant at the two-year specialization of art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Among latest exhibitions: 2014 Galleria Fuoricampo, Brussels, “The Art of Living “ , Triennale (Palazzo dell’Arte), Milan, curated by Francesca Taroni, Ico Migliore , Philip Romeo ( current show).“ 8 +1”, and Side BBS, Prato, curated by Matteo Innocenti . “I know / feel “, “RUN/Spazio per artisti di passaggio” #2, Lerici. “Un luogo aperto”, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele De Grada, San Gimignano, curated by Associazione Culture Attive. MAC, Lissone, curated by Alberto Zanchetta and Remo Salvadori. “Poppositions”, Brussels, Gallery FuoriCampo (solo show). Dynamo Foundation Art Factory (visiting artist), Pistoia. “Più giovani di così non si poteva” Gallery FuoriCampo, Siena (solo show).“Extradelicato”, via privata Pantelleria 5, Milan. “Yard” Assab One, Milan, curated by Remo Salvadori. “Corto Circuito - coincidenze ed incontri segnici”, Ex Palazzo Enel, Novara, curated by Marco Tagliafierro. “Noparachute” Artandgallery, Milan, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio. “My friends”, Flash Art Show, Bologna, by Lino Baldini and Giancarlo Politi. “Traces of a seminar “ ninth edition, Viafarini, Milan, curated by Angela Vettese and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio. “ Place / Do not place = New place”, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, former church of San Francesco, Como, curated by Angela Vettese and Giacinto di Pietrantonio.