LORENZA BOISI

MAYBE THERE IS A BEAST... MAYBE IT'S ONLY US.

14 December 2016 - 4 February 2017

LORENZA BOISI
MAYBE THERE IS A BEAST...

MAYBE IT'S ONLY US.

 

14 December 2016 - 4 February 2017

Opening: Wednesday 14 December, from 7 pm
The artist will be present

 

RIBOT gallery
Via Enrico Nöe 23 – Milan

 

from Tuesday to Friday / from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Also by appointment
 

 

RIBOT is pleased to present a solo show by Lorenza Boisi (Milan, 1972): a selection of recent works, oils on canvas and ceramic sculptures, made by the artist specifically for the exhibition.

 

The title, “Maybe there is a beast… Maybe it’s only us” alludes to a crucial moment in the famous novel by William Golding The Lord of the Flies. In Simon’s remark, the prophesy of Shim’on (he who listens), the shy, inspired, soothsaying boy tries to give both a logical explanation and an interpretation of the possible existence of the “beast” that menaces the survival of the group.

 

A beast that might exist or not… that could be within the boys themselves: the projection of their dark side, a physical or imaginary embodiment of their fears, their ancestral need to reify the Unknown, and their Loneliness. Times being what they are, Lorenza Boisi hints at a world that is the very home and body of Apprehension. A personal, extensive, social and historical apprehension that is metaphorically close to Golding’s novel. 

 

The paintings on show tell of the almost sociological possibilities of one or more existential figures, the artist’s alter egos, and narrate, through the use of synecdoche, her universe and its incurable partiality, its subjectivity and, by extension, much more.

 

The ceramics, sculptures, and installations contain an aesthetic reference to her questioning of the media, of known techniques that the artist keeps her distance from, and the works generate a small segment of life, an indistinct place, by attributing a historical meaning to that vague territory that is tale-spinning memory.

 

A place of abandonment and desertions, of transits as adolescence. A place of mystification and of undecipherable moral qualities in face of the arrival of irrationality. A generic and/or highly personal place/time where there remains the mystery of the precise nature of narrative aims and dynamics.

Precisely here where the Beast is to be found or not to be found or We, above all, are the Beast.

OLIVIA BAX

CHUTE

20 November 2019 - 8 February 2020

OLIVIA BAX
CHUTE

 

20 November 2019 - 8 February 2020

Opening 20 November at 7 pm
The artist will be present

 

RIBOT gallery
Via Enrico Nöe 23 – Milan

 

from Tuesday to Friday / from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Also by appointment

RIBOT is pleased to present Chute, a series of previously unexhibited works by London-based artist, Olivia Bax (Singapore, 1988, lives and works in London). This new body of sculptural work was made specifically for the exhibition at RIBOT and exemplifies Bax’s sculptural exploration of spaces within spaces.

 

Sculptures are suspended from the ceiling, hung on the gallery walls or placed on the floor. They appear both domestic yet alien, a dichotomy echoed by the materials themselves which appear simultaneously solid yet fragile.  

 

Minimal and slender lines meet concave forms which allude to pockets or containers. Each sculpture plays with a careful balance between full and empty. The viewer is invited to inspect more closely, leading the eye from one space to another, one cavity to the next. The work appears heavy but in reality it is unexpectedly light. This continuous shift between opposing notions is evoked by the show’s title, Chute, with its various meanings, including slide, slipping, parachute or harness.

 

The artist says that her work derives from pencil sketches which are made in the moment, without a clear plan. The sketching continues in three dimensions as she produces armatures made of steel bar. Areas are then closed off and rendered with a coloured paper pulp. Bax aims to make sculptures in the same loose spirit as sketching. Her material choices speak of the work’s history: their texture reveals the way in which the material has been applied. Practical concerns appear evident with the process exposed and all functional parts displayed unequivocally as the sculpture clings to the wall or stands proudly on the floor. 

 

All these characteristics of Bax’s work are marked in the Special project that she has created. The eight small trophies called Momento are all different. Some are made from pewter alone, others are mixed with a blue paper pulp. The melting of the alloy, the dripping that takes place when it is released from the shell, and the successive solidification, once again allude to the idea of slippage. As the material changes, it takes on new and unrecognisable forms.

Olivia Bax (Singapore, 1988, lives and works in London). She studied at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2010) and Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London (2016). Her works have been shown in solo and group shows at: Lily Brooke Gallery, London, 2018; Saatchi Gallery, London, 2018 and 2015; Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm, 2017; Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong, 2017; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2016. Prizes include: Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, London, 2019; Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Prize, London, 2016.

BIOGRAPHY (PDF)

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Olivia Bax, Momento I, 2019, cast pewter

Olivia Bax, Momento I, 2019, cast pewter 21x10x10 cm, 8 unique

PUBLICATION

OLIVIA BAX

CHUTE

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Gallery hours:

Tue - Fri: 3 pm - 7.30 pm

Saturday: 11.30 am - 6.30 pm

and by appointment 

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