37 Rathbone Street
London W1T 1NZ
Located in the heart of the dynamic gallery district of London’s Fitzrovia, Rosenfeld Porcini opened with the express intention of presenting a strong international programme. Our exhibition ‘Memory’ featuring 9 sculptors from 6 nations recently travelled to PAN Museum, Naples and in 2011 we staged a solo exhibition of American artist Leonardo Drew at our partner gallery Galleria Napolinobillisima. Our recent themed exhibition ‘The Continuation of Romance’ was devoted to contemporary painting and underlied a contextual basis to explore our firm curatorial belief in the continuity that underlies the story of art.
Tuesday - Saturday
11am - 7pm
free admission to all exhibitions
Nearest Tubes: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street
SOUND and VISION: Bongsu Park and Keita Miyazaki
- 25 July — 30 September 2014 *on now
Park’s starting point is to look at herself and her relationship to other people, her need for company yet also solitude. Her pieces are born out of this quandary: The continual oscillation between the joining and separation of human relationships. Park has created, for the first time, a piece with three dancers, CELL in which she experiments with perspectives and display. CORE, which is also inaugurated in the exhibition, concerns an individual’s dialogue with sculptural form.
Miyazaki’s sculptures are quite different to Park’s videos as they arise out of an observation of the exterior world. After witnessing the tragedy of the tsunami, the artist felt the need to create a new ‘utopian’ vision out of the ashes of the ‘dystopia’ in Japan. He wanted to create artworks out of the rubble, sculptures, which would point forward to a new beginning. Miyazaki’s works, which marry traditional Japanese origami with parts of old car engines, create a completely new visual universe.
Bongsu Park and Keita Miyazaki’s final observations of the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ world share a great attention to formal excellence and a highly original approach to their chosen mediums. There is no slavish adherence to current artistic fashions but merely a strong, individual vision pushed as far as each artist can take it.
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L'Âge Mûr by Nicola Samorì
- 10 October — 20 November 2014
rosenfeld porcini is proud to present L’Âge Mûr, a first UK solo exhibition of Italian artist Nicola Samorì, which follows his initial participation in the sculpture exhibition Memory and in The Continuation of Romance, a group exhibition exploring the renaissance of painting in contemporary art. The gallery will showcase new marble and wax sculptures as well as Samorì’s latest series of paintings on canvas, copper, linen and wood.
At its essence, the whole corpus of Nicola Samorì's work is a profound meditation on time and the fragility of existence: His earliest works appeared to be paintings of X-rays of individuals as if seen in a morgue – e.g. Der Neid, 2005; other works were constructed as if assembled from archeological remnants – e.g. Siliqua, 2007; and more recently, Samorì has turned his attention to re-examining famous artworks from the Western canon, notably the paintings of Spanish seventeenth century master Jusepe Ribera. Although his starting point will be a brilliantly executed copy of the original, his concern is essentially to apply a contemporary painting and sculptural approach to the works as a comment on the original piece. Samorì’s reinterpretation of Ribera's The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew (Ebbro, 2011) is seen as if in a memory, but instead of the saint's skin being flayed the artist peels back the rich crimson paint from the canvas to give a totally contemporary stance to the work. His pictures oscillate between ‘wounds’ made on the original painting and the loss of the image. The title L’Âge Mûr is inspired by a well-known sculpture by the French artist Camille Claudel. The largest work in the exhibition is a painting on linen where Samorì recreates L’Âge Mûr but rewritten as if it was seen through the mediation of a small model made with re-used materials. The sense of movement when we view the picture is evident as one feels the form has stepped back into its larval state. Historically artists created form out of material; Samorì is now involved in reversing this process by creating a form and then partially taking it back to its material state. So, in synthesis, the artist is reversing the traditional historical process.
Nicola Samorì’s use of peeling paint takes us to heart of one of his fascinations: Human skin and what lies beneath it. He has used both painting and sculpture to repeatedly explore this concern. He is, in the highest sense, a figurative artist. His work revolves around the figure both from the outside and from the inside, and more specifically on how his chosen mediums can explore this. There are pictures of faces where his painterly interventions are almost abstract sculptural rendering of the skin, bone and muscle being torn away from the surface as if in a dismemberment. Seeing these works inevitably recalls Rembrandt, Soutine and Bacon’s paintings of animal carcasses and their obsession with the texture of decaying flesh. Whereas some of his paintings achieve certain physicality, his wax sculptures bear the stamp of a painter as he colours and discolours the medium.
Nicola Samorì is continually experimenting with new materials. His paintings can be on wood, canvas, linen or copper. The last mentioned signals a return to a surface wildly used amongst the Old Masters for its ability to give a sense of preciousness, extraordinarily fine brush strokes and a unique play of light – however, almost always used in small formats to maximize the jewel like quality. Samorì has managed to produce the most remarkable paintings made on copper, which are as large as a metre eighty by a metre twenty. In sculpture, apart from plaster and wax, which he has embraced for some years now, the artist has recently added onyx and marble. Samorì’s foraging curiosity causes him to explore how each material responds to his narrative obsession; in fact the marble sculpture in the exhibition actually appears as if he has deconstructed the figure – as if enormous fingers had sculpted an approximate effigy of a ‘prima donna’. This represents another radical departure when compared to previous works he has made using the same material. Recently his narrative has taken him down still other new avenues: Large canvases covered with copper where he has cut into the material to create the image. These works, which completely eschew paint are full of mystery, the original figurative image being progressively buried into the surface. Samorì has discovered ways of working with copper, which have never previously been seen in The History of Art.
This current exhibition will also feature small, mainly grey paintings, which appear to be taken from old documentary photographs. The images are not sharp as if buried in time and allow Samorì to further develop his ideas concerning the passing of time and the texture of surface. Another recent departure for the artist has been his butterfly series, which give the impression of a Natural History museum display case. Clearly the first association made is with the butterfly works of Damien Hirst. However Samorì’s response is that of a painter: Paint is uniquely capable of making the beauty and extreme fragility of a butterfly's existence such a poignant metaphor. Some butterflies are perfectly formed whilst others are in various states of decay and still others are mere coagulated collections of oil paint. Nicola Samorì’s response to Damien Hirst’s collection of dead butterflies recalls Gerhard Richter’s retort to the Urinal of Marcel Duchamp: An exquisite small canvas of a painted toilet roll. In these works, Samorì combines many of his principle preoccupations: Language, be it painting or sculpture, time and the reinventing of art history, in this case, the still life.
Nicola Samorì’s referencing of the history of art to explore his very particular contemporary voice makes him an emblematic artist for rosenfeld porcini. Yet whilst many artists who have attempted this have fallen on the many shards of glass that lie in wait, Samori has both reaffirmed the continual relevance of our artistic heritage and, contemporaneously, found a unique way of establishing his own voice within the current artistic panorama.
Piano Recital and Art at rosenfeld porcini : Giovanni Guidi & Nicola Samori
- 16 October 2014 7:30-9:15pm
rosenfeld porcini’s ongoing cultural programme features performance, debates and talks where the public is invited to experience and explore contemporary genres and topics in art. A rich variety of events has already punctuated 2014; A dance performance created by artist Bongsu Park; Haiku by CONTROLUCE Teatro d’Ombre, which combined dance with shadow theatre; an evening of music by string quartet ‘Quartetto Prometeo’; and more recently, a panel discussion on Video Art with invited guests David Gryn, Tabish Khan and Mark Westall alongside director Ian Rosenfeld.
After the tremendous success of last year’s concert, Giovanni Guidi is back at the gallery to perform on a grand piano a series of improvisations based on his highly successful album ‘City Of Broken Dreams’ – ECM 2013, as well as from his already recorded, but unreleased new record expected early next year. The afore-mentioned ECM album from 2013 received rave reviews internationally; the pianist himself was termed one of the world’s best jazz-piano newcomers by Guardian jazz critic John Fordham. Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical virtuosity.
The performance is set to begin at 7.30pm and will last 1 hour 45 min with intermission.
Tickets: £20, advance booking on Eventbrite recommended
Please note that late arrivals will ONLY be admitted during the intermission
Note on the Artist
Born in 1985 in Foligno, Italy, Giovanni Guidi has manifested interest in music as a young child. He formally started his studies in piano at the age of 12. During summer master classes in Siena, he attracted the attention of Enrico Rava – jazz trumpeter and member of the New Quintet – who later asked him to join the group Rava Under 21, and subsequently Rava New Generation. It was with this later group that Guidi had a break through and appeared on a nationally distributed CD for the magazine “L’Espresso.” Guidi has also featured in the Gianluca Petrella’s Cosmic Music Orchestra, Fabrizio Sferra Trio and currently leads his own group. The pianist has performed in a number of important festivals, including Umbria Jazz, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Ubi Jazz, Vicenza New Conversation, Umbria Jazz Balkanic Windows, Zurich Nu Jazz, Fandango Jazz Festival, Stavanger Mai Jazz, Vigo Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festiva. Giovani Guidi was named best Italian pianist in 2011 by the magazine Insound and he released in early March 2013 a first record as a leader for ECM "City of Broken Dreams", with the collaboration of American double-bassist Thomas Morgan and Portuguese drummer João Lobo.
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