Seeking Joy

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Riccardo Gusmaroli, maps, boats, wind vortices -Man and his Travels

Man must travel in fact he needs to travel; by his own means not through the images or tales, video, TV or books of others. Man must do this himself, see things with his own eyes, through his own eyes and walk it with his feet otherwise he will not understand who or what he is. Fighting the cold allows him to enjoy the heat; planting his own trees gives those trees the highest value. Experiencing distance and lack of shelter will allow him to feel comfort under his own roof.

Man and the journey taken or wished he had?

Man must travel to places he does not know shattering the ignorance causing him to see the world as he imagines it and not as it truly is. This is what will make us experts of what we have yet to see. To become students again and just go out and see with our own senses.

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Studies Abroad

ImageThursday the 16th is Gallery Night. We are replacing the conceptual and abstract works with figurative works and these will be available for two weeks when we will be again changing the exhibit to display the latest works from Luciano Bellet arriving this week.

The links below go along with our focus and goal of fostering art abroad and that means both ways, from the US to Italy and from Europe to the United States. In fact, we are organizing for next summer a few art studies here in Providence with visiting artists from Italy so stay tuned.

http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/template/studyabroad/home_italy.shtml and this is another link to art studies in Florence. http://santareparata.org/

One of the reasons we believe studies abroad are crucial to artistic development is for the same reason we chose Italian art, the fact that historically, Italy has contributed so much to the European art world and consequently to the world. Living abroad for just a few months is not enough time for one to absorb and immerse oneself into the minutiae of all the art contained not just in museums but also on the streets of all of Europe. Every building and corner and door is a work of art and finding a way to give the brain an overload of everything that inspired our ancestors is crucial to becoming the artist that lies within. “One must un-learn in order to make room for the poetry, that works of art were just a sum of errors.” Riccardo Schweizer

Lest we not forget, that an education is one thing but, an education obtained via museums, travels and living in Europe and abroad will stimulate the artist to un-learn, leaving room for the expression within.

June Calendar

June 13th – June 23rd Oxygenation
by Andrea Viviani Reception – June 13th 5pm – 9pm
The artist is about spontaneous architecture, without rails, without roads or constraints, between utopia and play. He is made of suspended fairytales, shadows, light, color and passing time and one can see the influences of our great masters, Picasso, Roger Capron, Riccardo Schweizer and Bruno Saetti throughout his pieces. He re-sculpts the surface with the ever-breathing Viviani colors, leaving us in our own vibrating vortex of color and pleasure.
His early works clearly show the ideogram of cubism translated into modern day language and his ceramic sculptures reflect Capron’s talented use of color, biomorphic shapes using bright and colorful glazes as well as difficult raku techniques. Viviani is the master joker as if in a fairytale or comic book, irony, reality and energy all dressed up in the surreal.
“Remember, the work of art is a sum of errors. Just paint!” Riccardo Schweizer
Viviani was born in Tione (a town nestled in the mountains of Trento Italy), July 17th, 1970. He did his university studies at Venezia as well as in Trento where he graduated with a degree in political science, 1997. From 1994 to 2004 he shared his artistic interests through a profound friendship with artist Riccardo Schweizer. Upon the advice of Schweitzer, in 2001 he moved to Vallaurise, France to apprentice in the atelier of Schweizer’s good friend, Roger Capron (who was a very close friend with Picasso). In 2002 he opened his own studio in Madonna di Campiglio where he formed connections with art galleries, architects and designers. From January 2007 he worked with Il Sole 24 Ore, publishing elaborated photos and images of his works for the section, “Project Manager.” As of today, his works can be found in the Museum of Ceramics of Cielle di Castellamonte, Torino and at the Keramik Museum Westerwaldmuseum of Hohr-Grenzhausen, Koblenz, Germany.

Art & Sangria Please mark your calendars for our next Art & Sangria that will be May 31st.

May Exhibits

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Abstract & Conceptual Art – Italian, European and American artists.

This collective exhibits works from Just Art’s collection of artists. These talented well established, grand masters and emerging artists have created strong works that embrace abstract and conceptual art in its purest form. The works display color and form and material to support the subject of the abstract painting. Some of these works are purely geometric while others are more fluid and, some are representations of emotions or a spiritual experience where detail is eliminated from discernable objects, leaving the viewer with just the essence or in some cases, some measure or visible form.

Many conceptual art works set out to be controversial, seeking to challenge and probe us about what we tend to take as, given in the domain of art. In fact, this aspect of inducing argument and debate lies at the very heart of what it is trying to do, namely to make us question our assumptions about what may qualify as art, and the function of the artist as well as, what our role as spectators should involve, and how we should relate to art. Conceptual art can cause frustration or displeasure, proposing difficult and sometimes annoying questions, and that is precisely what conceptual art tries to do. In reacting strongly to conceptual art we are, playing right into its hands.

These artists deploying different techniques such as, Minimalism, Installation, Performance Art and so forth, seek to re-interpret what Pop artists presented in a disorganized manner without any foundation in art theory. By defining the concept of an object in various ways, and through linguistic presentation and written explanations, they have questioned the very essence and nature of art, its mental and imagined aspects being of no consequence.

The works on display are strong in a language and concept, going beyond the surface into two dimensions to find the implied right and wrong in each of us. The works presented are from the most current and popular artists in Italy. One of our latest discoveries from the United States joins the Italian team expressing his talent in a mental process of creating what is true and false in the messages of reality.