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.

JONATHAN LUX

CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

27 September - 4 November 2017

JONATHAN LUX
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

 

27 September - 4 November 2017

Opening: Wednesday 27 September, 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.

Also by appointment

RIBOT is pleased to present the first solo show in Italy by the artist Jonathan Lux (West Virginia, USA, 1976; lives and works in London). This exhibition will present a selection of recent works that recount human events and intrigues that are funny, curious, and with surreal aspects.

 

The works in Conspirators of Pleasure, collectively evoke an atmosphere of equal parts farce and fantasy, offering perpetual adventures in a fluid universe; The title itself alludes to the film of the same name by the Czech director Jan Švankmajer (1996), where the development of the plot, an apparently nonsensical one, has a single leitmotif: the search for pleasure that the various protagonists undertake through, so to say, extravagant fetishisms and objects.

 

In fact Lux’s paintings are a curious provocation transporting the viewer into a world of mocking and grotesque figures in a variety of scenarios, involved more or less in hidden attempts at seduction, whimsical schemes, and pleasurable deceptions.

 

Furthermore, the works prepared for this show explore Lux’s interest in the visual culture and the literature of the 1920s, in particular that of the American writer and Jazz Age humorist Thorne Smith (1892-1934) whose novels perfectly reflect the settings and atmosphere that the artist loves to recreate in his canvases. The ability to represent the frivolity of society life, a pungent sense of humour, the capacity to pass from one register to another, and the caricatural forms rendered through a vivid palette are all aspects that   allow certain works to borrow from the so-called “roaring twenties”, while remaining both Modern and timeless.

 

For Conspirator of pleasure, Jonathan Lux has undertaken a special project in which mirrors the essence of his eclectic spirit: a series of paper Monotypes that interweave manual techniques and printing processes, where the initial source of inspiration cohabits with and is completed by the artist’s free and lively painterly action.

Jonathan Lux (West Virginia 1976; he lives and works in London). He studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2014 he was awarded the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust prize. His solo and group shows have been held in prestigious international museums and galleries, including the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2016; Marlborough Fine Art, London, 2015; Victoria House, London, 2014; Henry Moore Gallery - Royal College of Art, London, 2013; University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, 2011; Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL, 2010; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, 2003.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

JONATHAN LUX RIBOT GALLERY MILANO ARTE COTEMORANEA CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

Jonathan Lux, Conspirators of Pleasure I, 2017, ink monotype on paper, 40x30 cm

JONATHAN LUX RIBOT GALLERY MILANO ARTE COTEMORANEA CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

Jonathan Lux, Conspirators of Pleasure III, 2017, ink monotype on paper, 40x30 cm

JONATHAN LUX RIBOT GALLERY MILANO ARTE COTEMORANEA CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

Jonathan Lux, Conspirators of Pleasure II, 2017, ink monotype on paper, 40x30 cm

PUBLICATION

JONATHAN LUX

CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

JONATHAN LUX PUBLICATION

Gallery hours:

Tue - Fri: 3 pm - 7.30 pm

Saturday: 11.30 am - 6.30 pm

and by appointment 

RIBOT arte contemporanea

via Enrico Nöe 23 - 20133 Milan

info@ribotgallery.com

Tel.+39 347 050 93 23

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