bitforms gallery nyc is very pleased to continue its fifteen-year anniversary season with Fragments, Quayola’s second solo show with the gallery.
Born in Rome, Quayola’s practice is deeply affected by the grandeur and decay of ancient sculptures and Renaissance masterpieces that he encountered at an early age. Architectural façades, objects, and artworks that were once new chip, fade, crack, and break over the centuries. While the perception and reception of distressed frescoes or fractured sculptures is fluid, the work itself remains, containing a multitude of temporal narratives. Quayola translates this experience into his sculptures and works on paper and aluminium, which he presents in the exhibition as “simulated archaeological artefacts.”
Laocoön Fragments is a series of sculptures based on the Hellenistic sculpture Laocoön and His Sons. A paramount example of the Pergamene Baroque style, the work was endlessly copied—beginning in Roman times and through the nineteenth century—both as an artistic training device and due to its sheer popularity. Quayola inserts himself into this tradition with a digitally-driven approach. The artist’s software imagines and renders alternative breakages, fragmenting the work into two distinctive styles: representationally accurate sections and geometric abstractions coalesce into new forms. Made with a unique blend of pulverized iron powder mixed with resin, the sculptures are then chemically treated to cause an accelerated patina effect. The geometric sections are polished and waxed to achieve a smooth, newer appearance, while the representational segments appear oxidized and textured. Thus, the visual contrast between the “past” and “present” becomes more pronounced.
Jessica is an Italian artist studied at the Academia Albertina di Belle Arti of Turin and now lives and works in Berlin.
Architect and digital artist Laurent Rosset creates sweeping photographic landscapes that seem to curl upward into infinity like an enormous wave that obliterates the sky. Rosset uses much of his own photography to create each image and enjoys discovering how even slight manipulations can vastly change the composition or meaning of a photograph. You can see more of his work on Instagram, and if you liked this also check out Aydin Buyuktas
"Back in 2009, Gianluca Gimini picked up an unusual hobby. The Bologna-based Italian-American designer started approaching his friends — and complete strangers — and asking them to draw a bicycle from memory...By 2016, the pile had grown to 376 drawings from a broad array of participants from seven different countries, males and females as young as 3 years and as old as 88. He decided to begin creating highly polished renderings of these sketches, and the results — which you can see on Behance — are equal parts brilliant, hilarious and frightening."
Photos by Hasselblad Masters Competition-winning photographer Giorgio Cravero capture the despair of entropy in all living things with Colors, a fun series of fruits and vegetables slowly being drained of their lives' essences.
"I was thinking about how man is interested in the appearance of the food more than in its taste or in its authenticity," Cravero tells The Creators Project. "You can’t switch on your TV or open a magazine without been overwhelmed by lots of news about food, restaurants, chefs, etc. I tried to bring the interest back to the bone, the Nature, that without our intrusion is fully capable to produce what we need. We’re destroying our world, and sooner or later someone has to pay the bill."
"Confórmi [le forme non appartengono a nessuno] is an ongoing visual project by Italian artist and architecture student Davide Trabucco consisting of a series of pictorial mashups that merge existing, found images to create new ones. "
"All images in Confórmi basically conform to a specific shape, namely that of a square sliced diagonally in half, with each of the two parts then originating from sources that are worlds apart in terms of time and style and yet which seamlessly integrate into one another."