Sophie Aguilera Lester & Paolo Porelli
Curated by Claudia Casali
Inauguration: Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 19.00
Open to the public: 8 June to 29 July 2017
Wednesday 7 June 2017, at 19.00, the Honos Art Gallery will inaugurate its first exhibition of ceramic sculpture with the works of Sophie Aguilera Lester and Paolo Porelli, curated by Claudia Casali, Director of the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche (MIC) in Faenza.
With this double solo show, Honos Art offers the viewer the possibility to investigate, by means of an extremely ancient material like ceramics, the theme of narration between symbolism and myth, a universal subject, wide-spread and popular in contemporary poetics.
If Sophie Aguilera Lester uses ceramics as a means to express themes tied to abandonment, memory and childhood, Paolo Porelli renders it a fundamental element to highlight the effects that consumer society has on the planet earth. The first, charging her creations with symbolism, ties them to popular culture and the unconscious impulses of the ego. She recounts the fragility of her characters in a delicate and profoundly feminine manner, as in the sculpture Niña con Flores. Porelli, on the contrary, concentrates on the human figure, rendering it the prototype of Western culture. He creates new divinities of modern society, as in his Idoli metallici (Metallic Idols), personifications of the concepts that animate them.
In Humanae Terrae male and female encounter each other and their confrontation gives life to a brilliant, new and irreverent narration. An element shared by the artists, from cultural and generational paths very personal and diverse, is certainly figuration sustained through the forms of everyday life and veiled irony, of the present and the past, beyond normal temporal limits, creating new and unusual syntheses where nothing is orderly and everything appears to be experienced as an epiphany. Implicit and emotional connections are forged with the spectator engaged in the experiential narrative that is suggested, the fruit of memories, images, everyday and historisized emotions that emerge as much subconscious as lived.
Sophie Aguilera Lester (London, 1984), is a young artist who lives and works in Barcelona, the city where she completed her artistic studies, specializing in sculpture. She has worked for the past seven years with ceramics, a material that consents infinite artistic possibilities. She completed her training in Madrid in the studio of María de Andrés and Alfredo Aguilera.
Paolo Porelli (Rome, 1966), has a degree from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. He is an artist and maestro of sculpture and ceramic arts at “c.r.e.t.a. rome”, an international center for the ceramic arts. His works are present in numerous public collections including the Musei Capitolini of Rome, the Museo Civico di Rocca Flea in Gualdo Tadino, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia (Stati Uniti), ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in Tempe (Stati Uniti) and the Taoxichuan Art Gallery of Jingdezhen (China).
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