With a collective show involving four internationally relevant sculptors – Peter Simon Mühlhäußer, Alex Rane, Bruno Walpoth e Jiannan Wu – coming from four different countries and active on three continents, Accesso Galleria brings to Pietrasanta, a city with a long history of producing innovative and high quality pieces of sculpture.
From 18th June to 14th July Accesso Galleria hosts the exhibition “Material Matters. A Sculpture Show”. With a title that is also a play on words - “the material of the piece matters” but also “matters that are material” - the emphasis is put on both the materials used to realize the sculptures and on what is important, or material, in the very sculptures.
The pieces shown are bonded together with their subjects being figurative and by the innate contemporary style that characterizes them. They differ, however, in the materials: the concept of the exhibition is to exhibit artists using different materials, sometimes traditional – like marble, wood and bronze – sometimes more contemporary – like synthetic foam, cardboard and resin.
Nonetheless the pieces maintain quality and beauty, reflecting the tradition of sculpting. This abstract fact is actually a fundamental component, or a material matter, of this exhibition: balancing the different materials in the works of the different artists while maintaining the artistic value of each piece.
These four artists were born in different countries and they all trained abroad; having the “external eye,” they have always observed the world around them and allow it to come through in their art.
Bruno Walpoth (Bressanone, Italy, 1959. Lives and works in Ortisei, Italy) combines the education received in his studies in Ortisei and its 400 years of history of wood sculpting with the skills and shapes of contemporary sculpture acquired from the Academy Der Bildende Künste in München. In his work he aims at catching a moment of isolation and introspection rather than telling a story.
Peter Simon Mühlhäußer (Bad Boll, Germany, 1982, where he lives and works) studied as a stonemason at the school for sculptors “Johannes Steinhäuser” in Lasa, Trentino Alto-Adige until 2007. In 2009 he received his Master of Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art. In his work, where the body is the main character, the aesthetic of beauty is left apart to open up room for the aesthetic of doubt, ugly and to psychological inquiry.
Alex Rane (New York City, 1986. Lives and works in Carrara, Italy) graduated in Fine Arts from the Lyme College of Fine Arts in Connecticut, USA. Through exclusively sculpting by-hand and getting inspiration from modern philosophies blended with a personal view of spirituality, Rane produces pieces that are tangible expressions of human psyche and artisanal work.
Jiannan Wu (Dalian, China, 1990. Lives and works in New York City) graduated in 2014 from the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He then moved to the United States to study at the New York Academy of Art and completed his Master in Fine Arts in 2016. Working with both sculpture and drawing Wu is interested in the relation between what is bi- and tri-dimensional, more precisely in the perspective inside his sculptures. Wu’s subjects tend to be observations on everyday life.