Posts Tagged ‘gallery’

BOOKlet Meets: Barbara Nati

In art|BOOK on December 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Italian visual artist Barbara Nati uses an extensive range of photographs, transforming them into symbols of social and environmental issues.

Nati has studied everywhere from Perugia to New York, taking inspiration from photo-realist painter Anthony Brunelli and using her advertising background as a driving influence for her work.

Following Mists of Avalon and Long Time No Sea, Nati’s upcoming exhibition, One Man Show, starts January 24 in Mezzanotte di Pergola.

When BOOKlet met Barbara Nati, we discovered her influences, experiences and her focus.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have been drawing since I was five. I remember being the first kid in my class who understood that the side view of a dog has just two legs because the other two are hidden. When I was a teenager, I used to go dancing and afterwards I would visit monuments and churches to draw them. Then I got my first analogic camera and suddenly fell in love.

What makes your work unique?
I’m not that sure it is – that’s why I’m thinking of moving my art towards a third dimension. My pictures will be produced on layers at different depths. I will be collaborating with a very wise and skilled American artist.

What issues do your works focus on?
I don’t have a narrow focus, but I have realised that most of my recent series revolves around my concern about the environment we are living in.

From early 2009, I have been focusing on Long Time No Sea – a study on a possible world without the sea. This series was inspired by the earthquake that hit central Italy last April. I wanted the audience to witness an infinity of uniform and hyper-detailed mutations that quake their boredom.

My next subject will be the snow, which will take on a more silent approach. It will show the darker side of a soft blanket.

What do you want your photographs to tell people?
My artwork is more of a manipulation. I want my settings to invite the viewer to look again at the things he takes for granted and to pulverize the naïve trust in what we consider to be real.

What is your favourite creation?
I tend to support losers.  As a matter of fact, I started to support my football team when it was in dire straits. I’ve always been a fan of Donald Duck as well. I apply the same sympathy to those works I created that never met the appreciation other works did.

Who is your favourite artist?
Claes Oldenburg is my favourite sculptor. I travel to ugly towns in Europe just to see his works. Wayne Thiebaud is my favourite painter, as I have an insane attraction towards artists who paint food. Erwin Olaf is my favourite photographer.

What makes a good artist?
His power of shaping a thick message into a fresh and never-seen-before kind of expression.

What do you think of UK art?
I think Great Britain has got the perfect foundation for an artist to pursue his career. People like to invest in contemporary art.  Not to mention Charles Saatchi who is the kind of person every country would like to have. However, it can have a lack of audacity that leads many British galleries to act ‘safe’.

How has your advertising background influenced your works?

I don’t see a big gap between art and creative advertising.  The more a work is creative, the more it is commercial. Advertising campaigns must be communicative and innovative to reach their goal. The same goes for art.

What did you learn From Anthony Brunelli?

I learned not to rush in order to have the best result with art production.

Tell me more about your work that will be in your new show in January.

It will take place in an unusual space – a hut among a rural area in Italy. I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea of an uncommon show curated by the young and smart Daniele DeAngelis. There will be a dozen works, mostly from my last series of castles built with industrial elements. It’s a focus on the present age, which has been depicted as an upsetting transition period, that hasn’t succeeded in synthesizing the symbol of its civilization yet.  My only concern will be the chance of snow that might force us to postpone the private view. That’s the dark side of independent new realities!

To See Works by Barbara Nati:

The World’s Largest Underwater Gallery

In art|BOOK on December 13, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Jason deCaires Taylor, a British sculptor has designed the largest underwater gallery to date.

The ancient-looking figures in the picture (see left) are only some of the 400 life-size statues that will be laid on the bed of the Mexican Caribbean, off Isla Mujeres.

Jason, 35 hopes to create an artificial reef that will eventually attract algae and develop the aesthetic quality of the figures further.  His highly commended sculpture park aims to explore the relationship between modern art and the environment.  There is a need to preserve and protect our natural environments and this is certainly what is being promoted by this internationally recognised gallery.

Whitney Museum of American Art: Roni Horn aka Roni Horn

In art|BOOK on December 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Born in 1955, Roni Horn has been producing distinctive art for more than 30 years, exploring a range of issues such as gender, identity and the relationship between objects and their audience.

The exhibition consists of around 70 works ranging from small drawings to photographic installations to heavy sculptures.  Horn’s delicate drawings seem to relate to her time traveling and practicing in Ireland, representing the landscape.  Her focus on the doubling of self portrait photos appears to also reflect a similar landscape theme

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn is an exhibition established by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Modern and is the most thorough collection of Horn’s work so far.

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn is running until Jan. 24, 2010 and will then be shown at The Institute of Contemporary, Boston from Feb. 19 to Jun. 13, 2010

Tim Burton: MoMA

In art|BOOK on December 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Until the 26nd of April 2010, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be playing host to a new exhibition featuring pieces by Tim Burton.

The exhibiton displays all of his creative works, taking inspiration from popular culture and Hollywood film making.  Burton not shows his audience drawings from his childhood and works based on his successful career in film.

As an observer, you can expect to see several hundred rare and unseen photographs, moving image works, storyboards, puppets, costumes and much more.  You can also see some transitory materials from popular films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas,  Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice.

The exhibiton also educates you in Burton’s little known projects in illustration and photography that shine in artistic talent.

For more information, visit

Exhibition showing from November 22 to April 26