Lucio Salvatore: Black Square

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dates: October 17 - October 31, 2019

Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of paintings, mixed media works and photography by Italian artist Lucio Salvatore with a selection of 15 pieces, mostly created between 2013 and 2017 of the Black Square series.
This comprehensive selection of Salvatore’s Black Square works were previously shown in 2017-2018 at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 at the Centro Cultural Correios, Rio de Janeiro.

'We inherit the earth and we build the world with it... and put this land in the fragile condition of a matterpermanently transformed in new landscapes and meanings’ (Lucio Salvatore).

The Black Square is a series of artworks developed in stone quarries that, as often happens in Salvatore’s artworks,are the result of a combination of process appropriation, recording of experiences, sculpture and painting. Salvatore creates a topology of the stone walls of a functioning quarry before they are reduced to sand and dust. The artist ephemerally transfers the forms of the rock on canvas through rubbing (frottage). The imprinted monotypes preserve the form of the stone before its illusionary solidity subsequently crumbles under the quarry’soperations.

In 2014-2015 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Salvatore painted a black square on the walls of the quarry and subsequently extracted this painting from the wall with an excavator. The process reduced the Black Square into hundreds of rock fragments, each carrying black marks of the painting.Later Salvatore sewed these fragments on a canvas imprinted with the stone’s form and the result was a powerfulcreation with an ‘internal dialectic tension between unity and multiplicity, matter and immateriality’. (Fernando Cocchiarale, Curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro)

This work became the centre of Salvatore’s Black Square body of works where in his words, the artist meditates onthe connection between ‘the metaphysics of forms and the concreteness of a human industrial (un)-sustainable wayof creating new worlds’. An imaginary lineage of archetypical abstract geometric form is traced between ancient philosophies, prehistorical signs, ethnic cultural traditions and modern art concepts and gestures. 

Website: www.spacestbarth.com

Instagram: @spacegallerystbarth

For more information, please contact: info@spacestbarth.com

Black Square 5, c. 2014- 2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 5, c. 2014- 2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

13 x 13 x 1.27 in

Black Square 8, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 8, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

51.25 x 51.25 x 1.27 in

Black Square 6, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 6, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

15.75 x 15.75 x 1.27 in

Untitled I (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled I (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Limited edition UV print on aluminum covered in gesso and marble dust

24 x 24 x 1.75 in

Black Square Origins (1/7), c.2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square Origins (1/7), c.2014-2019

Video

Black Square 2, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 2, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

33.02 x 33.02 x 3.23 cm

Black Square 10, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 10, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

51.25 x 51.25 x 1.27 in

Black Square 7, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 7, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

0 x 21.65 x 1.27 in

Untitled II (1/3), C. 2005-2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled II (1/3), C. 2005-2006

Limited edition UV print on aluminum covered in gesso and marble dust

23.60 x 23.64 x 1.75 in

Black Square 4, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 4, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood box

13 x 13 x 1.27 in

Black Square 9, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 9, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

51.25 x 51.25 x 1.27 in

Untitled V, c. 2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled V, c. 2006

UV print on marble

11 x 12.25 x 0.75 in

Untitled III (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled III (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Limited edition UV print on aluminum covered in gesso and marble dust

23.60 x 23.60 x 1.75 in

Black Square 3, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 3, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

13 x 13 x 1.27 in

Black Square 1, c. 2014-2019

Lucio Salvatore

Black Square 1, c. 2014-2019

Acrylic on canvas, painted stones, linen threads on plywood panel

39.50 x 39.50 x 1.27 in

Untitled VI, c. 2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled VI, c. 2006

UV print on marble

9 x 13.50 x 0.75 in

Untitled IV (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Lucio Salvatore

Untitled IV (1/3), c. 2005-2006

Limited edition UV print on aluminum covered in gesso and marble dust

23.60 x 23.60 x 1.75 in

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Lucio Salvatore: Black Square
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17, 2019 Dates: October 17 - October 31, 2019Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of paintings, mixed media works and photography by Italian artist Lucio Salvatore with a selection of 15 pieces, mostly created between 2013 and 2017 of the Black Square series.This comprehensive selection of Salvatore’s Black Square works were previously shown in 2017-2018 at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 at the Centro Cultural Correios, Rio de Janeiro.'We inherit the earth and we build the world with it... and put this land in the fragile condition of a matterpermanently transformed in new landscapes and meanings’ (Lucio Salvatore).The Black Square is a series of artworks developed in stone quarries that, as often happens in Salvatore’s artworks,are the result of a combination of process appropriation, recording of experiences, sculpture and painting. Salvatore creates a topology of the stone walls of a functioning quarry before they are reduced to sand and dust. The artist ephemerally transfers the forms of the rock on canvas through rubbing (frottage). The imprinted monotypes preserve the form of the stone before its illusionary solidity subsequently crumbles under the quarry’soperations.In 2014-2015 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Salvatore painted a black square on the walls of the quarry and subsequently extracted this painting from the wall with an excavator. The process reduced the Black Square into hundreds of rock fragments, each carrying black marks of the painting.Later Salvatore sewed these fragments on a canvas imprinted with the stone’s form and the result was a powerfulcreation with an ‘internal dialectic tension between unity and multiplicity, matter and immateriality’. (Fernando Cocchiarale, Curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro)This work became the centre of Salvatore’s Black Square body of works where in his words, the artist meditates onthe connection between ‘the metaphysics of forms and the concreteness of a human industrial (un)-sustainable wayof creating new worlds’. An imaginary lineage of archetypical abstract geometric form is traced between ancient philosophies, prehistorical signs, ethnic cultural traditions and modern art concepts and gestures. Website: www.spacestbarth.comInstagram: @spacegallerystbarthFor more information, please contact: info@spacestbarth.com
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