on air on air
curated by Lorenzo Bruni
Finissage with presentation of the catalogue and conclusion of the on air on air project
The curator Lorenzo Bruni and the artist Gianni Caravaggio will be present
Wednesday 3 June 2015, at 6pm
The evening will include a presentation of the last two works by Moccia, produced jointly with Simone Ialongo and Carmelo Nicotra, in the form of a conversation between the curator of the exhibition and Caravaggio, and also the catalogue of the sempre più di questo exhibition, which the current showing brings to a conclusion
The finissage of sempre più di questo, the first solo exhibition of Rebecca Moccia (Naples, 1992), curated by Lorenzo Bruni, which was inaugurated on 5 March this year at Galleria Massimodeluca, is scheduled for Wednesday 3 June 2015 starting at 6 pm.
The end of the on air on air project will be celebrated with the presentation of two works by Rebecca Moccia, produced jointly with Simone Ialongo and Carmelo Nicotra. “These works, which were conceived and matured at the time the exhibition opened, embrace the two souls that symbolise the spirit not only of the exhibition, but of all the works by the different artists – explains the curator Lorenzo Bruni – the encounter with an “intimist” aspect and the public space, the solitary concentration and the aptitude for dialogue”.
The exhibition theme and the contents of the exhibition catalogue, which include a conversation between Rebecca Moccia and Gianni Caravaggio, will be discussed in the presence of the artist through a talk with Lorenzo Bruni.
The work Ulisse by Rebecca Moccia and Simone Ialongo consists of a book they have created together, which generates a reflection on the nature of the creative act and its dual role of representation and new perception of reality. Taking James Joyce’s Ulysses as inspiration, the two artists have shifted attention onto the way of discovering what is real rather than on reality itself. The other piece, produced by Rebecca Moccia with Carmelo Nicotra, consists of a work located in the space surrounding the Gallery, which is intended to highlight the setting; in this case the artists wanted the route to reach (or leave) the exhibition to be seen in a different way and thereby stimulate a reflection on the conflict between one’s image of reality and actually experiencing it, between what allows an object to become a work of art and vice versa.
on air on air is the joint project featured in one of the two rooms of the Gallery ever since the opening and presents works which are the result of a long process of sharing ideas and were produced for the occasion by Rebecca Moccia together with Claudio Corfone, Bros and Silvia Mariotti. “The decision by Rebecca Moccia to dedicate one of the two rooms to a shared collection has emphasised the fact that the artist considers that not only the work as a form in itself is important but also the vibration of the form in dialogue with life and the idea of art – adds Bruni – The intention of the works created for on air on air is to question the concept of creator in the egotistical sense of the word and investigate the artistic process and the possible role/task of the work of art in the global village”.
Rebecca Moccia (Naples, 1992) began studying art in Rome, and now lives and works in Milan where she attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2014. In 2013 she took part in a workshop with Giuseppe Gabellone at the Museo del Novecento in Milan and in 2012 in one with Bernard Rudiger, L’autonomia dell’artista at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Lyon, in Lyon. Her group exhibitions include: Esercizi di stile, curated by Marina Bastianello, Andrea Bruciati, Maurizio Nobile, Galleria Maurizio Nobile, Bologna (2014); Immediatamente, Spazio Werther, Milan; Incontro, curated by Bernhard Rüdiger and Gianni Caravaggio, Réfectoire des Nonnes, ENSBA, Lyon (2013); NI DIEU NI MAÎTRE, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Massimodeluca, Mestre - Venice; L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo in comune, curated by Gianni Caravaggio, ViaFarini DOCVA, Milan; Studio comune esposizione, curated by Claudio Citterio and Diego Morandini, Casa degli artisti, Milan (2012). In 2014 she was a finalist in the Selezione - Celeste Prize and in 2012 in the Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art and the Premio Combat. In 2015 she was one of the creators and curators of Studi festival, when artists’ studios in Milan were open to the public for a week, with exhibitions and events.
Lorenzo Bruni is an art critic and independent curator. In 2015 he is teaching Aesthetics of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He is currently guest curator at the Karst art centre in Plymouth (UK) where he curated the exhibition On Stage in 2014. In 2013/2014 he lectured in the History of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. In 2013 he was commissioned by the KCCC Museum in Klaipeda, Lithuania to organise an annual project entitled Traveling and trip, and was also curator of the archives of young Sicilian artists at the Museum of Palermo RISO and began working with the APT Foundation. In 2012 he inaugurated the new Binnenkant21 Art Foundation in Amsterdam, acting as director, with the exhibition “excuse me...but where am I? featuring artists Ahmeth Ogut, Rossella Biscotti and Andre Romao. Since 2000 he has coordinated the exhibitions of the non-profit space founded by a group of artists called BASE / progetti per l’arte. He writes essays for a number of monographic catalogues and themed books and is a regular contributor to the Italian magazines Arte e Critica and Flash Art.
Gianni Caravaggio (Rocca San Giovanni, 1968) lives and works between Milan and Sindelfingen (Germany). He teaches sculpture at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Among received prizes we can remember: Fondo Speciale PS1 Italian Studio Program (2002); Castello di Rivoli, Allinovi (2005); ACACIA (2013). His personal exhibitions took place in Milan, Pesaro, Turin, Amsterdam, Duesseldorf and Tokyo; we can remember the one at Castello di Rivoli for the prize Castello di Rivoli; Scenario at the Collezione Maramotti; at Musée d’art Moderne di Saint Etienne and at MAGA of Gallarate (2014). He took part to a lot of collective nationally and internationally exhibitions like Leggerezza at Lenbachaus of Munich, the Biennale of Mosca and the Triennale of Izmir. He is co-creator of the exhibition Arte essenziale with Federico Ferrari at the Collezione Maramotti and at Kunstverein of Frankfurt (2011).
Simone Ialongo (Latina, 1977) lives and works between Sabaudia (Latina) and Florence.
He attended the high school in Latina specialising in scientific subjects and continued his studies at the University of Viterbo studying prehistoric archaeology at the Faculty of Conservation of Cultural Heritage, and then in Florence at the Faculty of Ancient Literature.
In 2009 he was a finalist in EMERGING TALENTS Nuova Arte Italiana – New Italian Art, created by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and set up by the Strozzina Centre of Contemporary Culture - CCCS of Florence.
His research concentrates on the substrate common to every human being, the spirit, matter, using a simple, direct and almost ancestral language yet acknowledging the fundamental value of poetry and aesthetics and making use of different media.
His main exhibitions include: Simone Ialongo – Preghiere, curated by Maura Favero, Palladium, Rome; A first step towards coincidences & meetings, curated by Lisa Batacchi, SLT, Pietrasanta; Incontri, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Capannori, Lucca; Simone Ialongo - Indagine sull’origine della spiritualità dell’uomo, curated by Fabio D'Achille and Stefano Spagni, Antiquarium Civico Procoio, Borgo Sabotino, Latina (2013); Simone Ialongo - All'inizio del tempo, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Museum and Florentine Institute of Prehistory “Paolo Graziosi”, Florence (2012); Simone Ialongo - Il Visibile/L’invisibile, Margini arte contemporanea, Massa; Simone Ialongo – Vita d'Artista, Libreria Brac, Florence (2010).
Carmelo Nicotra (Agrigento 1983) lives and works between Favara (Agrigento) and Palermo. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, graduating in Painting in 2011.
His works show a clear interest in everyday news and reports - for example regarding social and architectural changes in an urban setting - scrutinised with an almost scientific approach and conveyed with a language that alternates communicative immediacy with conceptual poetry. He experiments with many media (painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, audio, video and graphic design) in his artistic research.
Main exhibitions: Pianeta X, curated by Daniela Bigi, RISO Museum, Palermo (2015); Give Way To Give A Way, curated by Jan Kage and Bocs, Schau Fenster, Berlin; SUB DIVO SOTTO IL CIELO, curated by Giusi Diana, Villa Aurea – Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento (2014); La materia di un sogno Paolo Brodbeck collection, curated by Gianluca Collica, Alessandra Ferlito and Gianpiero Vincenzo, Brodbeck Foundation, Catania (2013); 37°19′ 07′′ N 13°39′ 47′′ E, curated by Maria Giovanna Virga, Zelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo (solo exhibition) (2012); Venice Biennale 54th International Art Exhibition, Lo Stato dell’Arte - Italian Hall/Accademia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Tese di San Cristoforo - Arsenale, Venice (2011).