Schillaci “Figures (?)” at Berlin project | Untitled Association

Vincenzo Schillaci, Figures (?), 2018, installation view at In Berlin Project, Berlin
Courtesy the artist, Operativa and Untitled Association, Rome. Photo © : Riccardo Malberti

 

Last chance to see Figures (?) the first show by Vincenzo Schillaci in Berlin, organised by Untitled Association, Operativa and Lychën. On the occasion of the exhibition the artist presents a series of new works, following his recent research on figuration.

“Vincenzo Schillaci focuses his research upon the questioning of current codes of representation, body and identity losing unity and centrality in their physical and real characteristics. Being the persistent writing of this exploration, the works on board contain attempts rather than answers, being repeated, stratified and forming a dense matter holding historical awareness and present sensibility.

On his works on board, the artist uses an ancient technique, already widespread in Roman times—as it was coded during the Renaissance, Vasari talks largely about it in the Vite—to marble different types of surfaces by reproducing marble whiteness and veins, and which will be fundamental in the development of fresco painting. Vincenzo alternates colour-filled backgrounds and abstract signs to strata of mixture smoothed through lime, marble powder and sometimes earthenware. From time to time, stucco serves to screen without hiding, so that the signs and the chromatic qualities of the earlier strata remain as an emerging trace through the last draft, which is made of a lighter mixture protecting the underneath strata as under a sort of cold, smooth veil.

Although the painting presents itself almost as a monochrome, it allows hints of figures, static or moving, within each strata; multiple possibilities of representation that have been hinted and topped each time. There is no erasing, but a potentially endless stratification of what the work could have been at any given moment of its history.

[…] Vincenzo’s paintings are place of possibility and “of doubt”, as invested as they are by the tension of repeatedly restoring the impartiality of the acting surface. A painting is not an absolute space to inhabit; it is rather a tormented, crossing point. A surface first inhabited, then denied, rejected and finally created anew, in an alternation of unresolved attempts.”—text by Francesca Boenzi

 

Vincenzo Schillaci (Palermo, 1984) lives and works between Palermo and Rome. Through heterogeneous languages, with a prevalent use of the pictorial medium, Vincenzo Schillaci investigates the possible tangencies and links of the relationship between the granular surface of the images’ world and the ideas. A determined impetus as a formal constitution tool, which guarantees the autonomy of the works. In 2011 he founded and directed in Palermo the contemporary art centre L’A project space. His work has been exibited in several solo and group exhibitions: Figures(?), Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2018; La Mostra Bianca, Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome, 2017, Twiner#5_La Joie de Vivre, Centrale del Tennis, Foro Italico, Rome, 2017; Dove Nessuno Va, Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome, 2016; La vita rapita, curated by Sonia Dermience, Komplot, Brussels, 2014; Ah si va a oriente, curated by Daniela Bigi, Fondazione per l’Arte, Rome, 2014; Ente da fare, Cripta 747, Turin, 2013; Les associationes libres, a project by Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, curated by Chiara Parisi and Nicola Setari, La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2012.

 

Vincenzo Schillaci, PER UN DISEGNO (CHE SCENDE LE SCALE), 2018
Courtesy the artist, Operativa and Untitled Association, Rome. Photo © : Riccardo Malberti

 

Vincenzo Schillaci, Figures (?), 2018, installation view at In Berlin Project, Berlin
Courtesy the artist, Operativa and Untitled Association, Rome. Photo © : Riccardo Malberti

 

Vincenzo Schillaci, DEL MIO SECOLO, 2018
Courtesy the artist, Operativa and Untitled Association, Rome. Photo © : Riccardo Malberti

 

Vincenzo Schillaci, INFRANGERE, 2018
Courtesy the artist, Operativa and Untitled Association, Rome. Photo © : Riccardo Malberti

 

Vincenzo Schillaci
Figures (?)
28 April—27 May 2018

Berlin project, Untitled Association | Schönhauser Allee 22, Berlin
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