Andrea Kvas – CO2
On 8 November 2014, the exhibition Atacai by Andrea Kvas opened at CO2 in Turin. The work of Andrea Kvas is based on the deconstruction and analysis of the painting object. This analytical approach leads the developer to define the fields of action within which you can move, in both instinctive and emotional ways, experimenting with different techniques and approaches.
In the exhibition Atacai, the artist focuses on formal and conceptual steps that have characterized his research in recent years, adopting them as an object for a breakdown and a further put-to-test. Kvas chooses to re-problematize the style and the “solutions” that gave life to the works presented in occasions such as Laboratorio (Brown project space, Milan, and MACRO, Rome) solo exhibitions Campo (Museo Marino Marini, Florence) and Boy with bucket (Chert, Berlin) and the project Plantel Renovado (O’,Milano), reinterpreting and bringing them back to an open dimension.
The impromptu distinguishes the practice of Kvas, whose works are organisms made up of tensions of matter, stratification; chromatic relationships, spatial evocative and expressive. It is on this physical plane, unmediated, that the viewer is invited to engage with the works in their individual and contextual specificity.
«Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen master, Fugai, and his followers. In haste the cook went to the garden with his curved knife and cut off the tops of green vegetables, chopped them together, and made soup, unaware that in his haste he had included a part of a snake in the vegetables.
The followers of Fugai thought they had never tasted such great soup. But when the master himself found the snake’s head in his bowl, he summoned the cook. «What is this?» he demanded, holding up the head of the snake.
«Oh, thank you, master,» replied the cook, taking the morsel and eating it quickly..»
Excerpt from “101 Zen Stories” by N.Senzaki and P.Reps, Adelphi Edizioni
CO2 – Via Arnaldo da Brescia, 39, Turin
8 November 2014 – 23 January 2015