Ettore Favini – SUN RA

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May 9 – May 25, 2012

Marsèlleria – via Paullo 12/a – Milan

“In the fog, the sun becomes white, it looks like a hole in the gray sky.”

Bruno Munari

An artist manipulator of ideas and objects, thoughts and spaces, Ettore Favini builds his work within an intimate relationship with history and its relevance. A reader and interpreter of the social context observed in its complexity also through public art actions, he creates works and installations of great poetic and symbolic value. His interventions are organic, in the sense that they do not remain unchangeable, but rather, transform over time and in the space in which they react. Without any mechanical modification, Favini interrogates time, memory, and the landscape.

After the solo shows Ogni cosa a suo tempo, 2011, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, and Walden Method, 2010, at MAR – Museo d’Arte della città in Ravenna, Ettore Favini is present in Milan, at Marsèlleria, with a new series of works.

The relationship between time, public space, and nature are in fact among the recurrent themes in his artistic practice, and obsession for time is a constant. At the source of his new series of works, on display at Marsèlleria: giving exposure to an invisible phenomenon, attempting to give shape to time, to narrate it, through a process that has lasted a year. A year dedicated to observing the guiding star: the Sun.

Observing the solar analemma (the technical term of the Sun’s movement across the sky) restores a shape that is similar to an 8, the lemniscate of mathematics, the symbol of infinity. For some years now, the artist has been using processes that lead to extended incubation, in order to better “digest” the process of making: for this series, Favini aimed some cameras on the Sun with a special sun filter and took a picture at the same time (12:15) established by a calendar, always with the same frame, with the risk that all this waiting could be in vain due to a ray of light that could filter in and burn the frames. The result is an 8 suspended in  black sky, the form of infinity in the void, a shape that has continued for years now and will continue, marking our time with the calendar.

Opening the show Sun Ra is a work on canvas and an action dedicated to Io che prendo il sole a Torino il 19 gennaio 1969, by Alighiero Boetti. Visitors them enter a flow of forms and images, a process where the display elements have been directly transformed by the sun or refer to processes tied to the natural element. An investigation aimed at the multiple aspects this may assume, also in relation to history. This multiplicity is also present on a linguistic level: sculpture, collage, installation, are all media used by the artist in constant dialogue with each other.  Marsèlleria, a venue in Milan open to different forms of expression: “a creative platform dedicated to persons who share the desire to express themselves.” In Milan, near Porta Vittoria, it presents itself as a setting unbound to specific forms of expression, but compatible with the most varied manifestations of creativity.

Image above: Ettore Favini – SunRa – 2012 – print on canvas, burning – 100 x 100 cm

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Ettore Favini

installation of a sighting station at PAV – Turin – 2011

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Ettore Favini

Untitle -  2012

magazine images, burning, sun filter

22 x 18 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle -  2012

magazine images, burning, sun filter

20 x 20 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle – 2012

magazine images, burning, sun filter

25 x 15 cm

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Ettore Favini

Analemma # I - 2012

photograph

50 x 50 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle – 2012

mixed media, magazine pages, magnifying glass, frame

45 x 36 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle – 2012

mixed media, magazine pages, magnifying glass, frame

32 x 25 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle – 2012

mixed media, magazine pages, magnifying glass, frame

45 x 36 cm

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Ettore Favini

Ipotesi di infinito – 2005

photograph mounted on aluminum

40 x 30 cm

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Ettore Favini

Untitle – 2007

carved paper

100 x 50 cm

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Ettore Favini

Dasein – 2007

LED, electric cables, copper bars

site-specific dimensions

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Ettore Favini

Dentro – 2007

oak wheel, wood base, lamp

80 x 50 x 100 cm