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.

NELMARIE DU PREEZ

ATMOSPHERE FOR ANTICIPATION

28 November 2018 – 2 February 2019

NELMARIE DU PREEZ
ATMOSPHERE FOR ANTICIPATION

curated by Maria Villa 

 

28 November 2018 – 2 February 2019

Opening: Wednesday 28 November, 7pm
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 proud to present the first solo show in Italy by Nelmarie Du Preez (Pretoria – South Africa, 1985, lives and works in Pretoria). A selection of recent works that transport the onlooker into an alternative universe, one constellated with robotic devices that analyse and question the relationship between man and technology. 

 

The title Atmosphere for Anticipation denotes the artist’s interest developed over her more recent studies on the concept of ‘prediction’, meant not so much as a supposition based of conjectures and clues, concerning what is to come, but as a genuine discipline that uses the future in its actual decision-making processes, implying an action and a movement. It’s from these specific research projects that Project 01: The Movement originates: the installation on the first floor of the gallery, conceived and staged especially for the show.

 

The work presents an outright reconstruction of a place of worship of the future, abandoned on Mars and brought to life by elements with a high symbolic value: the flag of a para-religious movement, celebratory totems, the relics deployed in the various rituals emerging from the orange sand, and a robotic hand with a human semblance placed symbolically in the centre of the scene tapping it’s fingers on ‘Mars’, which is in a state of emergency. 

 

An estranging environment in which mantras sound out heralding evolution notionally constructed by a sect devoted to the worship of progress and consecrated in the figure of a technological and innovative prophet. Inevitably referable to Elon Musk, this imaginary high priest is the emblem of those figures working in the field of technological development who incite a sort of veneration around them, activating a system of thought akin to that of religions and sects, involving a great number of people in the implementation of their ideas, to the point of conditioning expectations and, in some ways, determining the way in which we all spend money and resources.

 

The exhibition also features a number of previous pieces, showing the evolution of Nelmarie Du Preez’s work, and which underline some of the peculiarities of her artistic language, above all the ability to construct genuine environments, capable of letting us experience – as well as imagine – a surreal and vaguely dystopic future, constantly poised between tragedy and comedy.

 

On the lower floor, Autonomous Times (2015) and, on a screen deliberately placed to the side of Project 01: The Movement, we find a selection of five videos belonging to the series Loops of Relation (2013) and A Continuation (2016). The former is an articulated work that once again transcends genres to combine performance, video and installation in order to analyse the dynamics at the basis of the symbiotic relationship between man and technology. On one hand, the work tells of the ideal life cycle of curious robotic machines: the exploration of their autonomy, their submission to the human mind, their failure and repair. On the other hand, the selection of videos shows how ever since her earliest performances (to stab, to rely and to hit, 2013) produced in collaboration with GUI – a device designed and programmed by the artist herself and drawing inspiration from the actions of the duo Abramović-Ulay – Du Preez’s language and references go beyond the model, to the point of finding their own full imaginative autonomy, as may be seen in the videos to shoot and to collide (2016).

 

For Atmosphere for Anticipation, Nelmarie Du Preez has come up with a special project offering the essence of all her eclectic work: a small sculpture in epoxy clay equipped with robotic components, activated on contact with the human touch.

Nelmarie Du Preez (Pretoria, 1985) is a South African artist whose research draws on various languages: performance, photography, video and computational art. In 2014 she was awarded a Master in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, where in 2013, she also completed a cycle of studies in Computational Arts. Solo shows of her work have been held at various public and private institutions, including: ad-ad projects, Hannover, 2018; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, 2016; Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg, 2016 and Arebyte gallery, London, 2015. Her works have also been displayed at: Museum am Dom, Trier, 2018; New Media gallery, Vancouver, 2017; Transmediale FestivalDocumenta 14, Kassel, 2017; the International Digital Arts Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal, 2016; London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015; Home Works 7, Ashkwal Alwan, Beirut, 2015. She has taken part in various artists’ residence projects such as: Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, 2018-19; Ampersand Foundation, New York, 2016; Arebyte Gallery, London, 2015. She has been awarded the following prizes: the Sasol New Signatures Award, South Africa, 2015; Absa l’atelier merit, South Africa, 2015; Bath Open Art 88Prize, 2015; Bad Behaviour Open Judges Prize, 2014; and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, 2012-14.

BIOGRAPHY (PDF)

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Nelmarie Du Preez, Nelmarie Du Preez, The Future is Rocky III, 2018, epoxy clay, wooden robotic claw, Micro Servo Motor, Arduino Nano, copper, USB-cable, 23.5x17.5x10.5cm,special project in 6 ex. + metal box

Nelmarie Du Preez, Nelmarie Du Preez, The Future is Rocky VI, 2018, epoxy clay, wooden robotic claw, Micro Servo Motor, Arduino Nano, copper, USB-cable, 23.5x17.5x10.5cm,special project in 6 ex. + metal box

PUBLICATION

NELMARIE DU PREEZ

ATMOSPHERE FOR ANTICIPATION

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Nelmarie Du Preez, Nelmarie Du Preez, The Future is Rocky VI, 2018, epoxy clay, wooden robotic claw, Micro Servo Motor, Arduino Nano, copper, USB-cable, 23.5x17.5x10.5cm,special project in 6 ex. + metal box

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