International Contemporary Art Guide 2014, artestudioginestrelle


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The International Contemporary Art Guide aims to present a summary of the artistic projects developed during 2014 at Arte Studio Ginestrelle International artist residency, located in the Regional Park of Mount Subasio. The projects are exhibited collectively at one of the most prestigious galleries in the heart of the city of Assisi, UNESCO World Heritage site. The exhibition and the production of this guide are proudly supported by the Council of Assisi, Mayor of Assisi Claudio Ricci, Virginia Mallon, Maggio Ventura, and the Nassau County Sheriff's Department Columbia Association Cultural and Educational Corporation Disciplines: literary, visual and performing arts, design, architecture, fiber art, sound art and video projects. Assisi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Exhibition curated by Arte Studio Ginestrelle Art Gallery Le Logge, Piazza del Comune, Assisi Opening reception on Sunday, 30th November 2014, 5 p.m. The exhibition will run through the 8th of December 2014 Assisi, UNESCO World Heritage Site


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2014 AUSTRALIA Kate Stead Trish Verdouw AUSTRIA Anna Maria Mackowitz Gitti Schneider BELGIUM Sandrine de Borman BRAZIL Matheus Rocha Pitta CANADA Carol McQuaid Rebecca Munce CHINA Yvonne Yuenman Lo GERMANY Judith Mann Lisa M. Stybor FINLAND Kati Hiekkapelto Sami Liuhto Nina Mattila Matti Maukonen Anne Mölsä FRANCE Sarah Marguier INDIA Kalpana Subramanian JAPAN Seiko Tachibana Kiyoka Tezuka LATVIA Eduards Mihelovičs POLAND Ewa Kutermak-Madej RUSSIA Alexandr Davydov SOUTH KOREA Jang-yeun Jun Hye Weon Shim SPAIN Félix J. Velando SWEDEN Ann-Marie Bäckström Anders Jakobsson SWITZERLAND Sonja Lotta Forster TAIWAN Chung-Ying Huang UNITED KINGDOM Barbara Jones Mitch Karunaratne Stella Whalley URUGUAY Margarita Muñiz UNITED STATES Rashid Akmanov Jeff Beekman Laura BenAmots Linda Luise Brown Norlynne Coar Katie Cortese Iwona Duszek Roman Duszek Lynda Frese Gary Green Diana J. Jones Christine LoFaso Mary Jo Mann Peter Mauss Anne Murray (U.S./IRELAND) Thomas Murray Phyllis Odessey Susan O'Malley Rachel VanWylen LiDoña Wagner David Walters L. Martina Young Anastasia Zheleznaya


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KATE STEAD Prayer to Saint Francis As a child in a small country town of rural N.S.W., Australia, all I knew of Italy was that it “kicked Sicily into the sea.” However, as a Catholic child, I did know something of Saint Francis of Assisi. I knew he loved the animals, and for that reason, he became my favourite saint. I learnt little of Francis's story but I came to relate to him on a daily basis with a prayer dedicated to him. “Lord, make me a channel of thy peace...” it begins, and although its author is unknown, its sentiment, it turns out, reflects the very essence of the life Francis lived. It is a beautiful prayer that “Simple Prayer”, but my most often expressed plea is “dear Saint Francis, please help the animals.” It has been my privilege to realise a long-held dream to vist the home of Saint Francis, to walk in his footsteps on Mt. Subasio and to sit in the profound serenity of the church of San Damiano. With me, I brought pictures of a variety of Australian birds and animals – foreign perhaps to Umbrian eyes, but not to the heart of Saint Francis of Assisi. In the enchanted gardens of Arte Studio Ginestrelle, I worked with watercolours on small sheets of Arches paper, accumulating images of Australian fauna like snippets of my childhood thoughts and notions of the man who loved animals. Then came the irresistible appeal of the context within which now found myself – the Umbrian landscape – too grand, too magnificent for me to depict, but approachable via its small details such as its poppies, grasses, roses and of course its ubiquitous ginestra. The result is a collage that marries my remote childhood experience with those elements I have been blessed to perceive within the environment of the true, Earthly home of my favourite saint. This is my prayer to San Franscesco d’Assisi. Kate Stead


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TRISH VERDOUW On the Road Walking...................the ability to move around from place to place; to move about or travel on foot for exercise or pleasure. There is many physical or psychological reasons for walking. For some walking is an exercise in mindfulness, reflection, seeking answers, for adventure, discovery or exercise and pleasure. For others it’s an opportunity to escape from the busyness of life and its expectations, or to escape from war, persecution, displacement or traumatic experiences. Walking has the ability to characterise and shape life, freedom and opportunity. My project's aim was to explore and experience the act of walking and the reasons people take 'the journey' or 'pilgrimage'. My intention was to focus on walking in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi; in particular to walk the Camino in Spain. I began walking from Leon and followed the Camino road to Santiago (275km) interacting with other 'pilgrims' on the way, asking a simple question: why are you walking the Camino? It was clear that for each person I asked, the reason was personal and unique: a spiritual journey, a life changing experience or just for the walk. Personally some days the road was never ending and the burden great due to blisters, swelling, aches and pain of the feet and legs. The act of walking was a time of reflection and thoughtfulness. Through this series of works I was able to retrace the steps I walked on the Camino and Assisi. The process became quite cathartic as each line and mark represented a step on the road.


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ANNA MARIA MACKOWITZ My paintings are a confession to the unpredictable and the unutterable. Where words can't be said, colors find their way. The interaction of tranquility and movement, light and darkness, limitless and bounded space evolves on the canvas, color over color, layer over layer, elementary and direct. In the rhythm tracks are made, undone, overlapped, broken, contoured, light, playful or heavy. Gesture shall exhibit itself, forms evolve, expand and dissolve again, nothing is possessed, like the flow of ideas and memories is not stopped, but soaked with emptiness. When meanings end, there is a chance, for something to happen, what is not suppressed by the will. Always steps into the unknowing. '… the silence of monte subasio…' “for me, the essence of silence is giving up any purpose“ (John Cage) To approach the quality of presence and purposelessness is the meeting point of our artistic activities. The contemplation of the perceived was the starting point of our painting. The cooperation in a unusual place gave us the opportunity to exit the boundaries of the known and to go into dialog with deeper layers of ourselves. Anna Maria Mackowitz and Gitti Schneider Sponsored by


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GITTI SCHNEIDER It’s always about command and resolution, until the end of a free space is won, where emotions of trusted association are gone. Spaces in between, realities in between, hindering perceptions to become defined – that's opening new spaces. Always close to the known, coming close to clear associations, but never getting there, elsewhere perceptions must be in known or rare spaces in between. '… the silence of monte subasio…' “for me, the essence of silence is giving up any purpose“ (John Cage) To approach the quality of presence and purposelessness is the meeting point of our artistic activities. The contemplation of the perceived was the starting point of our painting. The cooperation in a unusual place gave us the opportunity to exit the boundaries of the known and to go into dialog with deeper layers of ourselves. Gitti Schneider and Anna Maria Mackowitz Sponsored by


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SANDRINE DE BORMAN Fibre artist, Brussel, Belgium Working with paper pulp and textile, natural elements and pleasure. Asking by my creations the relations we have with the world around us. These creations, I call ITERS; iter in Latin means journey and path. There are herbariums, printed from the juice of plants ; leaves, flowers and berries gleaned are hammered on the fabric, and fixed. These ITERS are also a stroll-scroll -of “parchemin“ in French- rolled around a wooden dawell. Each one tells the history of an itinerary with the date and place of the collecting walk, and sometimes the Latin botanical names of the plants. It‘s a travel diary in the vegetable world, which invites us to look carefully at the plants around us. Some ITERS have texts; others have not. Some become an artist’s book, or a wall hanging traces of a walk. AT ARTE STUDIO GINESTRELLE, I wondered and gleaned gallnuts on the branches of so various oaks around us. I reproduced the traditional natural ink with gallnuts, used during the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe, and I wrote texts on the ITERS with it. The ITERS of my walks around Ginestrelle are various: I climbed up to the church of Santa Maria di Lignano (blue metamorphosis), around the splendid village of Armenzano where the wise Guerrino guided us (Guerrino, gardien de la mémoire des lieux), around Perugia, the radiant Assisi and the garden El Pincio…where I sauntered between culture (and what Culture!) and nature (and what Nature!).


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MATHEUS ROCHA PITTA Non c è pane Matheus Rocha Pitta often uses food in his sculptures, photographs and installations to investigate the nature of value. During the two weeks in studio ginistrelle he rehearsed and investigated a new sculpture, a bread that it is not. Informed by the ancient legend of the mannah, the bread that fell from the sky during the 40 years that the Jewish people wandered in the desert, Rocha Pitta poetically created a bread that is filled with sand. Once the loaf is opened, shared, the sand – the very same sand that constitute a desert – just vanishes, asserting that there is no bread. Instant film was used to document the use of the bread, thus reinforcing the transient nature of the object of the bread that does not exist.


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CAROL MCQUAID Printmaking at Arte Studio Ginestrelle As a Canadian artist working primarily in painting/printmaking, I found the sense of history in the landscapes and cityscapes of Italy to be a strong inspiration for my work at Arte Ginestrelle. I gathered sketches done during this trip and employed centuries old printmaking techniques to hand produce a series of images in the airy attic studio. These pieces develop over time; sketching, transferring and carving the images, inking, printing and painting each one by hand. As they develop, they gather the energy and memories of the entire experience. There are 10 pieces in the series, which are now showing in Canada alongside a similar series of Vancouver images as a contrast and compare of two cultures. While the subject matter for the Italian pieces was captured en route to Assisi (primarily Rome and Perugia), the finished works are largely impacted by my experiences at Ginestrelle and in Assisi's historical center, with it's beautiful winding streetscapes, churches, print shops and galleries. This experience has impacted me as an artist in ways I did not expect and I'm very grateful for the opportunity.


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REBECCA MUNCE My drawings often situate themselves in urban environments taken from my own experiences. They are often exaggerations of violence or sexuality to communicate emotions and memories with the viewer. I sometimes think of a viewer as my closest person in which I can confide in. For this reason they continuously reflect intimacies or details that contribute to one’s history. I have always been deeply interested in narrative and found myself listening to the history and contents of this residency. The stories regarding its refurnishing and the attention to an objects aesthetic interested me in its contribution to the identity of the residency itself. During my stay at Arte Studio Ginestrelle I studied the relationship between the object and its owner, how this relationship is formed, why we surround ourselves with objects, and what do those objects say about our identities.


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YVONNE YUENMAN LO Composite scenes documenting artist Kalpana Subramanian’s stay in Arte Studio Ginestrelle, August, 2014 During one month residency in August, Yvonne has developed personal visual vocabularies and story-telling narratives to create works inspired by frescos paintings in Assisi, surroundings of neighboring medieval town, natural landscape of Mount Subasio, and different characters of her residency friends. Her recent works are derived from visual stimuli found in her most immediate surroundings when travelling around in leisure and at work. Images of specific area, period, media, and social context are used as elements to elicit question and reflection from the viewers. Her works serve as meditations on singular moments of personal contention to visualize and intensify the intangible reality by fragmentation. Her work intends to create the tension between images and the in-between meanings of signs. Support from Hong Kong Baptist University


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JUDITH MANN Fire Circle Ball My first AIR period will always be something special. When I arrived at Ginestrelle it was raining and everything started to become green. The tree cutting people started a fire to burn the tree cutting leftovers. So I decided to run the fire 28 days – during my whole stay. I got up early every day to set the fire alive again, fill the air with smoke and feed it with patience. When I managed to set it up to a nice bonfire I buried it with ashes to preserve it. Strolling through the hills around Ginestrelle I found the perfect clay in a pig pond. So I started to put clay balls into the fire. I used the fire ashes, the charcoal, the burned clay as colour pigments. And I started to cut circles into the Ginestrelle jungle behind Ginestrelle. To see them you have to visit the residence.


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LISA M. STYBOR Artist and Professor at Dessau Germany, Hochschule Anhalt / Department of Design MONTE SUBASIO ...never I saw the Mount Subasio in this way in spring. The last year it rained and snowed for months. This time it feels like may. Lightness takes center. A high level of transparency and once in a while a fine movement in the air set aside all heaviness; the silence gets a name by the motion of leaves. I am sitting far above the house on a hill, with view to this great mighty mountain. It is about half past five in the evening. The MONTE SUBASIO seems to float.


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KATI HIEKKAPELTO & MATTI MAUKONEN Finnish artists, writers and musicians Our stay in Arte Studio Ginestrelle was a starting point to our project: writing a theater play. We are going to make play about an author Matti Hälli who lived and worked in the same island of Hailuoto where we live. Project will take couple years and it includes lots of background work. like interviewing people, reading books and articles, collecting data etc. In Assisi we mainly read Hälli´s novels and also many theater plays. Peaceful surroundings were perfect for our silent work. In the first book I read in Ginestrelle, Hälli mentioned Saint Fransiscus. It felt like a blessing for our project.



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