Opening: Monday 25th June, 18.30 - 21.00
From June 25th to July 6th, Officine Saffi is pleased to present the end of residence exhibition by Gianluca Brando (Maratea 1990).
The residual aspect, the imprint, the cast, are fundamental elements for the development of the Brando’s research. The symbolic content of the actions leads to the completion of the object and its subsequent transformation with the intervention of the viewer or time, are the basis of the investigation of his recent works.
During his residency at Officine Saffi, Brando's work focused on two projects developed mainly through drawing, then evolved into ceramics.
"Somiglianza" focuses on rereading pre-existing elements; some plaster molds belonging to the artist's family pass through a reinterpretation of their own meaning, taking on a new evocative value. The old cast of a stereotypical form is investigated both in the shape enclosed in it and in its marginal parts.
"Untitled" investigates the constitutive process of the art object. The ceramic kiln of the laboratory is intended as a space-limit that establishes the maximum shape and dimensions of the object to be modeled, conditioning its execution and existence. The final work is therefore a strongly constrained object, who wonders on the actual degree freedom of the artist.
Gianluca Brando is the winner of the "Officine Saffi Special Prize" of the 2017 Arteam Cup competition.