33” x 22.5” (84 x 57cm). Mixed media print on paper.
10 works created for Spotte is the result of a collaboration project, entitled "I see...", which started in New York in 2013 between Alberto Finelli and Evyenia Gennadiou. After the realization of two small size French-fold books (Snoop Bound, 2013, Fable Bound, 2013), a group of abstract imaginary characters were borrowed from the pages of the books to be printed in larger scale. Gradually, the larger mixed media prints have taken their own path. The choice of the few elements (image, language, meaning) and the interaction between them become essential and make the work complex in its simplicity.
I feel that I have a typically classical culture, and I operate with a continuous dialogue between the modern and the supposed classicism. I often search to approach my modus operandi at a level of conceptual criticism that investigates the specificity and the reason of being. This is a dialogue, an encounter between ideologies and different practices in techniques and methods of working, the aim of which is to find new possibilities for unity or the recognition of a permanent relativity.
Alberto Finelli was born in Sant’Agata de Goti, Italy, 1986. He lives and works between Milan and Munich. He has studied Graphics at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan (2005/2010 - Bachelor and Master degree). Since 2010 he has studied Graphics at Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Munich, in Peter Kogler class. Solo shows: MC Gallery, New York (2009); La Générale en Manufacture , curated by Anna Wondrak, Paris (2011); Galleria Formentini (with Ray Smith), Milan (2013); Galleria Ostrakon, in Milan (2013). Group-shows (selection): (2013), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich, Galerie der Künstler ( BBK ), Munich; Schweriner Schloss Garten, Schwerin; (2012), Kunstverein Plauen - Vogtland e.V., Plauen; Stuttgarter Kunstverein, Stuttgart; White Box, New York; Teatro Verdi, Milan; (2011), Museo Ettore Archinti, Lodi; Lia International Art Center, Leipzig; Feinkost, Leipzig; (2010), Museo Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milan; Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich; Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta, Lainate. The artist has partecipated in different international residencies, as the Leipzig International Art Center in Leipzig, in 2011, and he has curated different group shows, as Die Spur, Subtópos and Servus! at Gartenhaus der Kunst in Munich, in 2010 and in 2011.
In my work I try to create a dialogue between personal narratives and symbolic objects and fairy-tales deriving from emotions of love and desire, happiness and pain, loneliness and alienation. The result of this dialogue aims to outline a reflection on personal identity, sexuality and the loss of time.
Evyenia Gennadiou was born in Athens, Greece in 1969. She received from Queens College of The City University of New York her BFA degree in Studio Art — with concentration in Graphic Design and Photography — and from Pratt Institute (New York) her MS in Communication Design. She also studied Textile Design, Print Design and Screen Printing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Printmaking at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop also in New York City. She has exhibited her work at Mourning and Melancholy, Galleria Ostrakon, Milano, Italy (2014), at Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY (2014), at the Annual Member Shows, Robert Blackburn Gallery, New York, NY (2012 and 2013), and at Spring Benefit, White Box, New York, NY (2012). Evyenia lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
ARTIST PROFILE ON OUR BLOG: ALBERTO FINELLI & EVYENIA GENNADIOU