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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE #2

Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE #2

Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

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Exhibition Details

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE #2

Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

Artists Thomas Stollar - Silvia Celeste Calcagno - Helene Kirchmair - Riccardo Biavati - Nicholas Lees

From 24 May 2017 to 10 June 2017

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE #2

Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

Second stage of the residency program sponsored by Officine Saffi in collaboration with the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza.

Established formally in 1932, the Faenza Prize is a landmark on a global scale which has grown in recent years due to the work of the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza. A project that has recently amplified in collaboration with Officine Saffi, who, from 24th May to 10th June 2017 will present the Artists in Residence #2 exhibition. On show will be the works produced by the four winners of the 59th edition of the Prize (2016) during the period of residence in the Milanese workshop.

On display will be works by Silvia Celeste Calcagno (Italy, 1974), winner of the over 40 category; Helene Kirchmair (Austria, 1981) and Thomas Stollar (USA, 1980), to whom ex-aequo recognition was given in the under 40 category; and Nicholas Lees (UK, 1967), who was awarded the CERSAIE Prize.

During the weeks of work in the Officine Saffi workshop, the four artists developed totally new projects, starting from the point that distinguishes their respective creative paths and that was recognised by the jury of the Faenza Prize.

Silvia Celeste Calcagno, the winner of the 59th Award in the over 40 category - sponsored by the Fondazione Banca del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza - chose to use traditional clay to create her installations that conversely, give a purely contemporary respresentation. The works produced in residence combine ceramics and photography according to a poetic that the artist has pursued over a number of years. A study of the female which is an intimate, almost psychoanalytical work, takes the form of engraving on stoneware and ceramics that form images of bodies like a mosaic of identities and shapes of feeling.

The under 40 prize - always sponsored by the Fondazione Banca del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza - is divided equally between Austrian Helene Kirchmair and the American Thomas Stollar. Through an innovative technique of engobe, Kirchmair produces shapes which at first sight seem commonplace such as vases and bowls, but that later reveal their place in the microrganic world of mould and bacteria. Thomas Stollar instead, uses ceramics to create a physical but also an introspective pathway. A plastic performative work that is clearly influenced by Italian Arte Povera.

Finally, Nicholas Lees whilst in residence developed a new experiment on the boundaries of matter and the interaction between what is solid and material and what is fluid and elusive. The starting point of his research is how to achieve physical and spatial representation of edges, the shadows of matter.

OFFICINE SAFFI:
Officine Saffi is a centre dedicated to contemporary ceramics. The project includes the Gallery specializing in ceramic art, with exhibitions of work by contemporary artists and master ceramists of the past; the Workshop, used for courses and practical work, as well as for production by artists and designers and during Artists’ Residencies; and the Publishing House, which produces the specialist quarterly magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo (www.laceramicainitalia.com) and art catalogues. The project is completed by the Open to Art international competition, dedicated to contemporary art and design ceramics.

FAENZA PRIZE:
Over the years, the Faenza Prize, which was established in 1938, has seen the participation of Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Angelo Biancini, Guido Gambone, Leoncillo Leonardi, Pietro Melandri and Carlo Zauli. These artists along with foreign artists such as Eduard Chapallaz and Sueharu Fukami, have made history not only with 20th century ceramics, but also with the sculpture and painting of the 1900s.


Officine Saffi - via A. Saffi 7 – Milan

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE #2
Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

In collaboration with

Logo Mic Faenza

24th May – 10th June 2017
Opening: Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 6.30pm - 9pm


Opening times:
From Monday to Friday 10am–1pm, 2pm-6.30pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sundays by appointment

Admission free Info:
+39 02 36 68 56 96
info@officinesaffi.com
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