Matthew Allen ( 1981 New Zealand, lives in Amsterdam ) - Michael Bevilacqua ( 1966 USA, lives in NYC ) - Paolo Cavinato ( 1975 Italy, lives between Copenhagen and Mantova) - Michael Johansson ( 1975 Sweden, lives in Berlin)
Our booth project for Volta 14 would feature the work of 3 middle career artists and of an emerging one: Matthew Allen ( 1981 New Zealand ) - painting (minimal-monochrome) Michael Bevilacqua ( 1966 USA ) - painting (stratified-exuberant) - Paolo Cavinato ( 1975 Italy) - wall installation (geometric- minimal) Michael Johansson ( 1975 Sweden) - sculptures/installation (geometric – accumulated)
Despite of the diversity in their works, all the artists in this presentation seem to focus on the ephemeral aspects of the contemporary life offering a varied commentary of the “surreal” that surrounds us. Such observations tend to forge an elusive aesthetic of the current times .
ALLEN and BEVILACQUA are here paired, even if their artistic surveys appear quite distant. While Bevilacqua insists once again taking a new direction and implementing the most recent production with abstract and figurative subjects and a very varied palette, Allen's concentrates his efforts on the production of a series of small and medium-sized canvases, constituting simple monochromatic greyish surfaces, almost mirroring.
CAVINATO and JOHANSSON’s work tend to confront on the limit of the human perception of physical spaces, that tell about our desires and our fears of achieving a dimension of stillness and composure, while a primeval instinct of disorientation seem to permeate both their installations.