14 December 2016 - 4 February 2017




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.

Oren Pinhassi


29 November 2017 - 10 February 2018


curated by Domenico de Chirico

29 November 2017 - 10 February 2018 

Opening: Wednesday 29 November, 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 Nature Calls, the first solo show in Italy by the artist Oren Pinhassi (Tel Aviv, 1985; he lives and works in New York). It consists of a selection of sculptures and installations exclusively made for this occasion during his stay in Milan.


Oren Pinhassi’s art borrows the language and logic of architecture or, more generally, of building, in order to create complex installations that welcome the viewers into a dimension that is suspended in time, one that in the same way can reflect and question the commonest ideologies and habits.


The presence in the gallery’s rooms of sculptures with apparently familiar forms, encourages the public to establish an investigative relationship with the objects and the world that surrounds it, one where, however, predictable and natural associations are soon disappointed.


Pinhassi submits the materials that he uses to a kind of alchemical process that impedes any precise determination of their identity. And so it comes about that what is soft, once strewn with layers of plaster, becomes hard, what is solid becomes liquid, and what is reassuring becomes disturbing. Such ordinary objects as sponges, towels, mirrors, and urinals, all of which have a close relationship to the body and its care, lose their useful value and are dipped into a space determined by glass walls, above which the artist applies, with an almost painterly gesture, a veil of Vaseline. The structures become semi-opaque and generate an ambiguous relationship between inside and outside, between public and private dimensions, impeding us from understanding clearly where we are: a bathroom, a house, a shelter.


For Nature Calls, Oren Pinhassi has made a special project that reflects all the peculiarities of his language: eight sculptures that, through a wall-mirror following the lines of the exhibition layout, delude the viewers into thinking they can reflect their own image. In this case too, the artist’s choice has fallen on an everyday object, an archetype transformed into a transcendent sculptural form.

Oren Pinhassi (Tel Aviv, 1985; he lives and works in New York). He studied at the Yale School of Art in 2014, and at the Hamidrasha Beit-Berl college in 2011. Solo shows and exhibitions including his work have been held in prestigious public and private galleries, including the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach-Tikva, Israele, 2017; the Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, 2017; New Capital Projects, Chicago, 2016; 55 Gansevoort, New York, 2015; 83 Pitt Street, New York, 2015; Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, 2012. He has also taken part in various residencies: the Shandanken Project at Storm King Sculpture Park, New York, 2016, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 2014. He has, furthermore, been awarded the following prizes: Fannie B. Pardee Prize, Yale School of Art, 2014; The Art Slant Prize, 2014; Shlomo Witkin Prize, 2011 and the Excellence Program Scholarship, Israeli Ministry of Education, 2011.



Oren Pinhassi, NATURE CALLS I, 2017, glass, steel, plaster, burlap, sand, pigment, 97x30x16 cm cm





RIBOT arte contemporanea

via Enrico Nöe 23 - 20133 Milan


Tel.+39 347 050 93 23

Gallery hours:

Tue - Fri: 3 pm - 7.30 pm

Saturday: 11.30 am - 6.30 pm

and by appointment 

Follow us:

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle