A selection of Contemporary Ceramic Works from our International artists at Officine Saffi from 18th November 2015 until 5th January 2016.
Officine Saffi, located in Via Saffi 7, Milan, near the Cadorna Metro station, marks the final weeks of 2015 with a glance back to its recent past, in a show comprising 14 Italian and International artists who have already exhibited at the venue over the last few years. It represents a sort of "greatest hits" event, providing an overall view of current art ceramic trends and anticipating future developments.
The exhibition includes works by a master of world renown, Robert Cooper (Sheffield, England, born in 1949), considered one of the leading ceramists today, the author of a remarkable style that combines Western traditions with exotic influences from the Far East, applying originality and a well-calibrated balance. The same concept of cultural hybridization can be found in the sensual creations by Martha Pachón Rodriguez (Santa Fe de Bogotà, Colombia, born 1971), and likewise in works by Arcangelo (Avellino, Italy, 1956), author of a wonderful temporal short-circuit: his pieces contain echoes of the iconography and mythology of ancient Mediterranean peoples, reinterpreting a shared visual language that brings past and present closer together, shortening the distances between the shores of Mare Nostrum. From shared roots to individual characteristics: a subtle, synergic harmony takes a long route to reach the works of Luca Lanzi (Bologna, Italy, 1977), who develops the iconography of toys, treating them as archaeological materials.
On the other hand, Alfredo Gioventù (Sestri Levante, Italy, 1952) and Christina Schou Christensen (Bornholm, Denmark, 1973) work on very different fronts: Gioventù concentrates on the analysis of natural elements, searching for illusory, very poetic effects, while Schou Christensen works on the potential of her chosen materials, reflecting her interest in post-industrial landscape and the sublime artifice of creation. The same sort of approach can be seen in works by Michael Cleff (Bochum, Germany, 1961) who makes architecture the focal point of his work, reducing it from the monumental dimension to a more intimate scale.
It's impossible not to be amazed by the extraordinary technical skill of Arnold Annen (Gstaad, 1952), who succeeds in using a very delicate material, Limoges porcelain, with complete, absolute mastery. His works are a complete contrast with those by Claudi Casanovas (Barcelona, 1956), who makes pieces with spontaneous gestures evoking an almost violent creative expression.
Works by Kati Tuominen-Niittylä (Helsinki, Finland, 1947), Luca Tripaldi (Turin, Italy, 1969), Fausto Salvi (Brescia, Italy, 1965), Ann Van Hoey (Mechelen, Belgium, 1956) and Simon Zsolt (Celdomolk, Hungary, 1973) are closer to the design sphere, and they create very different but complementary visions, providing a fascinating overview of the choral plurality of voices operating in the world of contemporary ceramics.
Officine Saffi (Via A. Saffi, 7), Milan
18 November 2015 – 5 January 2016
Opening times: from Monday to Friday, 10.00 am - 6.30 pm. Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. Sunday by appointment..
Tel.: +39 02 36 68 56 96