Nero presents BLONDE by Nico Vascellari

February 24, 2011 h.7pm – Marsèlleria, via Paullo, 12/a, Milan (entry by invitation only)
March 18, 2011 h.7pm – Galerie Bugada & Cargnel, 7-9, rue de l’Équerre, Paris

Niños du Brasil will perform during the events

Blonde is an artist’s book by Nico Vascellari, printed in 500 hand numbered copies + 33 multiples including an original work, numbered and signed by the artist. Published by NERO in collaboration with Hospital Productions.

Conceived both as a book and an artwork, Blonde is a collection of images from one of the artist’s personal archives: a selection of 200 press clippings titled “Blonde”. Each press clipping has been reproduced in its own original format on 80 gsm glossy paper, as ripped and collected by the artist over the last ten years. The whole collection, printed on unbound single sheets, is packaged in a black cardboard box, silkscreened and individually numbered.

The pages of this publication derive for the most part from fashion magazines. The iconographic theme of “the blonde” is represented obsessively. The sequence of the images is random, as is the selection of press clippings. This archive reflects the artist’s personal fetish for the image, in this case of blondes and their collective representation.

Nico Vascellari is considered one of the most important Italian artists of his generation. Coming out of the punk-hardcore scene, his work is a mix of visual art, performance and sound exploration.

He was born in 1976 in Vittorio Veneto, Italy. Working with different media including performance, sculpture, video, sound and collage, Vascellari’s work is often inspired by his activism in the underground subcultures. In the past few year he also collaborated with musicians such as Z’EV, Stephen O’Malley, John Wiese, Arto Lindsay, Prurient. Reviewed in numerous publications and part of prestigious public and private collections his work has been shown in important spaces and exhibitions including: Bugada&Cargnel, Paris (2011); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2011); Centre International d’Art & du Paysage, Ile de Vassiviere (2010); Macro, Rome (2010); Marina Abramovic Institute, S.Francisco (2010); Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2010); Gamec, Bergamo (2010); Magasin, Grenoble (2010); Mart, Rovereto (2010); 12a Biennale d’Architettura, Venice (2010); EACC, Castellò (2010); Museion, Bolzano (2010); Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf (2009); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2009); Kunsthaus, Graz (2009); Monitor, Rome (2009); Manifesta7, Rovereto (2008); 15a Quadriennale di Roma, Rome (2008); 52a Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2007); ViaFarini, Milan (2006); Galleria Civica di Trento, Trento (2005).

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