OTTO ZOO presents I Eat Lunch Between Two Highways, Serena Vestrucci’s first solo show at the gallery. The artist, who was born in Milan in 1986, has already had numerous shows in Italy and abroad. OTTO ZOO opens the new season choosing to dedicate a solo show to a young Italian artist, inviting her to work and reinterpret the space of the gallery with a new site specific project.
The exhibition will open Monday, October 7th (until November 30th, 2013) and will consist of three groups of unreleased works, which together constitute one whole organism. These pieces radiate from a theme – central in Vestrucci’s work – of the passage of time, connected to the artist’s continual reflections on the artist ‘s practice and on its contextual implications. The result is a work which investigates the matter of color and of manual skill emptied of its functional purpose, which makes use of paper and other fragile materials. All this refers to a complex web of contrasts and references that are typical of Vestrucci’s work.
The head of the project presented at OTTO ZOO is made of an atlas of free time (Ritagli di tempo / Spare Time, 2013), a collection of tablets literally created by cutting pieces of paper during the artist’s spare time in the summer of 2013. Day after day, these chronicles start revealing contradictions: the piece, because of its creation during spare time, becomes an image of working time.
At the center of the organism, an 85 sq m canvas takes shape from the attempt to transform one thing into another through a minute change: the simple gesture of cutting a flag into pieces, rearranging it, can create a night sky. A potentially never-ending operation, a drawing which transforms itself through simple displacement (Strappo alla regola/Bending the Rules, 2013). The slow gesture of sewing and embroidering the canvas, recalls the origins of the gallery space, which was previously a textile warehouse and initiates a dialogue with its past history.
The tail of the artistic organism stretches into a space usually not used for exhibitions. Here, a “collection of doubts” tries to hide in the gallery’s storeroom, unsure about whether to reveal itself. (Collezione di dubbi d’artista/Collection of an Artist’s Doubts, 2013).
Serena Vestrucci (Milan, 1986; lives and works in Venice) has presented her work in solo shows at Furini Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Rome (Tigre contro tigre/Tiger Versus Tiger, 2012) and at the non-profit space IL CREPACCIO in Milan (Cose che si muovono nel crepaccio a una lentezza tale da sembrare solo campate in aria/Things moving inside a cleft so slowly that they only appear to be random, 2012). Vestrucci also took part in several collective exhibitions in Italy and other countries, including: Padiglione Crepaccio at yoox.com, Ca’ Soranzo, Venezia, curated by Caroline Corbetta during the vernice of the 55th Art Biennial; Fuoriclasse. Vent’anni di arte italiana nei corsi di Alberto Garutti / Ace:Twenty years of Italian Art in Alberto Garutti’s Courses, GAM, Milan, curated by Luca Cerizza; Falansterio, Spazio Morris, Milan, curated by Guido Molinari and Opera 2011, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice.
The artist also participated in residencies in Belgrade (Real Presence, nKA/ICA), Venice (Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation), Bologna (Accademie Eventuali, created by Carisbo Foundation and Furla Foundation, in collaboration with MAMbo) and Genoa (AFTER THE FUTURE, Genova MaXter Program 2013).