Artvera’s Gallery presents – #Relations – an exhibition and a series of dialogues declined under a sole measure: the equivalence between artworks. Here cardinality indicates the nature of relations. A mathematical and philosophical endeavor to display sculptures and paintings that occupy the space of the gallery showing how perception and sight are intimately bound. The sign « # » choose on the title entices a multiplicity of resonances and definitions, therefore open to interpretation.
In the art world, painting and sculpture are classified according to different criteria. The former is often considered in the context of abstraction while the latter is seen in a more concrete dimension, seizing the exhibition space with its tangible features. If the sight can be deceived, the hand seems to reveal the truth. In such a context, sculpture appears to be more plausible to unfold the real despite the fact that painters and sculptors are constantly inspired by each others.
The exhibition #Relations features the exchange between two techniques unveiling the dialogue between painting and sculpture through time and space in relation to human sensitivity. Although often opposed those two art forms are closely connected in terms of source of inspiration for painted motives or in terms of how we interrogate ourselves on the credibility of sculpture. The comparison enlighten us on painting volumetric and its developments within Western culture.
Truth and abstraction are here perceived as femininity and masculinity in all its complexity are two major topics of the first common exposition between Tommaso Cascella and Marc Lewis.
Tommaso Cascella was born in Rome in 1951 where he lives and works. He is descendant of a family of artists that played a significant role in the Italian and European art since the 19th century. He works with techniques ranging from painting to sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in different sizes. His works are organized using radically different volumes, which allows him to create a unique formula of synthetized pictorial values. Furthermore, Cascella designs his tridimensional paintings as gestures, which move in space and create a narration based on the idea of contamination: the sense of sight becomes the sense of touch. His paintings are quite similar to choreographed dances, where femininity appears through the use of Bernoulli’s lemiscates, mathematical curves whose Latin origin emiscus means « dangling ribbon », much like a bow you would find in a ballerina’s hair.
Throughout his career, Cascella took part in many personal and collective exhibitions abroad (Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Japan, etc.). Amongst the most famous exhibition spaces, you may find XII Quadriennale di Roma, the Beaux-Arts Museum of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, the Palazzo dei Priori di Certaldo, The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, the Fondazione Ceramica Contemporanea d’autore di Deruta and the Museo Acheologico di Amelia.
Marc Lewis is a contemporary sculptor with a unique style in both his techniques and chosen themes. During his last 15 years of work, he began feeling frustrated that so much metal was either cast or used as simple cut metal plates. Therefore, he refined his own technique to cold forge bronze, aluminum and steel so as to create powerful figurative forms and dramatic wall pieces with a play on icons and folds. The creative process is very violent, and this violence is reflected in Lewis’s sculptures, which are merely shells. This emptiness creates a stark contrast between the interior and the dynamic exterior. Furthermore, its tensed muscles and wide gestures are quite similar to the ones of antique athlete statues. This creates a different and thought provoking process.
The sculptures of Marc Lewis are not cast and each piece is a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. His works have been in over 50 exhibitions, including prestigious venues in Israël and many important public projects. Many have also taken place across Europe (Kassel, Venice, Paris, London, Barcelona, etc.), in the United States (Los Angeles, Dallas, New York) as well as in Asia (Singapour and Kala Lumpour) and in Russia (St. Petersburg).