On Thursday February 25th, two consecutive vernissage will take place and represent a symbolic transition from one exhibition space to the other: on one side, in Via Mag- gio, Attitudes>Sculpture #1, by Daniele Capra, and on the other side, in the new exhi- bition space in Piazza Goldoni, Tensioni Strutturali #1, by Angel Moya Garcia, thus creating a passageway between two nearby galleries, but with different character.
ATTIDUES>SCULPTURE #1 is the first step of a series of exhibitions through which different approaches to sculpture are compared, as well as the different attitudes highlighted by the practice carried out by each artist. The premiere of the exhibit will portray artworks and installations by: Ludovico Bomben, Nick Hornby, Charlotte Mumm, Jonathan Sullam. It is difficult to establish what sculpture truly is, given the presence of so many different poetics, phy- sical approaches and conflicting materials, hard-to-de ne practices, interactions with architecture or performance action. Contemporary sculpture puts us in a condition of not being able to rigorously de ne it, but at the same time permits us to recognize it. It is thus even more obvious how it is neces- sary to highlight its guiding principles, frame its propensities and sensitivity, so to orient us in this otherwise uncertain geography.
The sculptures, by Ludovico Bomben - which have already been exhibited within the gallery in the past - are the result of an analysis conducted on the dimen- sional relationships of the Italian altar- pieces from the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries, in which the positioning of the subjects is determined by particularly refined geometric compositional plates that the artist disassembles and reassembles in spatial form with a sensibility that combines minimalism with a sense of holiness. Classicism and the capacity to dissect matter are central in the artworks by Nick Hornby, in which the technical abilities of traditional sculpture are animated by a bold and very personal vision and approach. The fragment, the cut, and the use of a thrilling and articulated geometry contribute in making his artworks into three-dimensional devices that challenge the gaze of the viewer to unexpected interpretations. The sculptures by Charlotte Mumm, from the Stomach Communities collection, de- velop, through a narrative format, the imaginary possibilities and connections that are inherent to visual matter with the deepest aspects of our bodies, with the spaces that dwell within the inner self. Her works are in fact simultaneously imaginative compositions of uneven parts and spatial visions, in which organic and geometric elements are in constant friction. In I Killed My Mom, Jonathan Sullam mockingly potrays the effect of a thought that we all experience at least once during our lifetime. The artist pours out the primal instinct that lies at the bottom of our unexplored psychoanalytic abyss and transforms it into an attractive, seductive, and desirable form. By doing so, this action repels and attracts us, putting us in check and with no possibility of escape.
Ludovico Bomben, born in Pordenone in 1982. He graduated from Venice’s Academy of Fine Arts, and lives and works in Pordenone. His most noteworthy exhibitions include: Bilico-Dolomiti Contemporanee; Tree strategy-Galleria Upp; Corrispondenze d’arte at the Revoltella Museum; 54th Biennale d’Arte in Venice – Arsenale Venezia; Collettiva Bevliacqua La Masa-Venice; Tina B Festival Vernon Galery Pra- gue; 44+0,10 Galleria Il Vicolo; 88-pdu-Prato; Talent Prize 2009; Manifesto-Villa Manin Passariano.
Nick Hornby, born in London in 1980. He currently lives and works in London. He has exhibited his works at Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Fitzwilliam Museum, in the UK; at the Eyebeam, The Museum of Arts and Design in New York in the USA; at The Hub in Athens in Greece, as well as other exhibitions in Switzerland and India. He has won several awards, including the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, the RBKC Artists’ Pro- fessional Development Bursary, the Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award, and the BlindArt Prize. He has also been shortlisted for the rst edition of the Spital elds Sculpture Prize and the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize.
Charlotte Mumm, born in Georgsmarienhütte in 1980. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kassel (Germany) from the year 2000 to 2007, she completed her Master’s degree in 2008 with Professor Urs Lüthi, the internationally renowned Swiss painter and photographer. She then spent a year in China, at the Institute of Fine Arts. She produces solo exhibitions, mostly in Germany (But you are beautiful – that compensates for your laziness in 2010 at the Tanit Gallery is the rst major solo exhibition in the city of Münich), but has carried out other exhibitions also in Italy, China, Serbia, and Holland.
Jonathan Sullam, born in Brussels in 1979. He cur- rently lives and works in Brussels. He achieved a Master’s in Multimedia at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and studied Art in Public Spaces at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Selected collective exhibitions include: Steve Reich Project, Different Train & WTC 9/11, video works for Isabella Soupart, Brigittnes Theater, Brussels, Belgium; Biennale De Jehay, Liege, Belgium; Big Bang, Boc- canera Gallery, Trento. In 2015, at the Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek in Brussels he presented I Killed My Mom, a solo exhibition dedicated to the artist.