Davide Monaldi – Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri

This evening Friday 6 February 2015 at 6:00pm, the first solo show of Davide Monaldi (San Benedetto del Tronto, 1983, lives and works in Rome) at Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri will open in Rome.

The artistic production of Davide Monaldi starts with graphic art and it is characterized by two distinct phases: in the first one he constantly searches complex images that require an excessive use of color; in the second one he turns away from the “excess” in order to reach a minimal aesthetic in which he opts for a “clean and simple” style, dominated only by black and white. But eventually the artistic expression of Monaldi can no longer find its identity in the previous graphic style. Driven by the desire and the need to confront himself with three-dimensionality, starting from 2010 he begins to work with clay creating ceramic works.

The clay, a ductile and easily manipulable material, allows the artist to continue in the line of subtraction, that started with the second phase of the drawing production. Monaldi can now finally create sculptures that exemplify the essence of the minimum. Davide Monaldi, in his works, gives importance to primary and essential elements, rather than any unnecessary decorative aspect: “in my work there is a reaction to any redundant and suffocating adornment, that veils the simple truth. I aim for the essential that is always hidden“. His sculptures usually portray ordinary characters, frequently copies of himself, everyday and banal objects, but reinterpreted with a paradoxical vein.

A Noir Irony runs through all his production and many of his works tell something of “deadly” and nonconformist: “My works often tell cursed stories, but always with a smile.” Through few simple gestures Monaldi produces sculptures that only at first glance are simple and didactic. As they are, in fact, characterized by a component of profound psychological impact. The artisanal aspect, the wise use of the medium, the deep and meticulous knowledge of the technique are key elements of his work: “sometimes the process is the concept behind the work itself.”

Davide Monaldi reevaluates and renews out the use of ceramics in contemporary art, a technique often relegated only into a decorative artistic panorama, and in a lower level of the contemporary art scene. In occasion of his first solo show in the gallery, the artist presents a series of ceramic works that fully express the creative world and process as well as the multiple influences that deeply characterizes the practice of Davide Monaldi.

The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by Saverio Verini (indipendent curator, he currently collaborates with the Ermanno Casoli Foundation).

Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri – Piazza Dante 2, Rome
6 February 2015 – 28 March 2015