by Jean Blanchaert
with the collaboration of Irina Eschenazi
Eight artists-designers: Simone Crestani, Silvia Finiels, Pietro Follini, Raoul Gilioli, Joanna Louca, Sedicente Moradi, Omri Revesz and Maria Grazia Rosin, expressing themselves through various materials, glass in particular, united by the common thread of quality and research, with great attention to traditional processes and technological innovation. Inspirational themes are water, transparency, mirror in dynamic interaction with the surrounding environment and a focus on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, after five hundred years since his death. Leonardo is You is the tribute Raoul Gilioli pays to the spirit of Leonardo. A work that invites the viewer to cultivate curiosity, ingenuity, research and multidisciplinarity; all values considered by the artist as the true legacy of Leonardo.
I admire the power of nature. Men employ a lot of energy to tame it, conquer it, subject it to their own purposes but nature always finds the way to have the last word. In this continuous search for balance, opposing forces fight: power and fragility, impetuousness and constancy, planning and spontaneity. During this slow and silent battle, the elements end up touching and exchanging characteristics, up to cancel the possibility of distinguishing good and bad, won and winner. I do not care about who wins; I want to capture the sharing, the exchange, the struggle. The glass fully expresses the fragility of nature but also its tenacity and adaptability. The material deforms itself to survive but its courageous resistance modifies the force that is trying to give it a new shape. I notice this search for balance everywhere: opposing forces that cannot do without one another.
Simone Crestani is a designer and artist of glass. Born in Marostica (VI) in 1984, he lives and works in Vicenza. He started working with glass at the age of 15 in the workshop of Massimo Lunardon and in 2010 he opened his own studio, Atelier Crestani, where he developed his own personal method of processing borosilicate glass by light. In the last ten years he has been exhibiting in prestigious international contexts and is often invited as a teacher and visiting artist in the most important glass processing and production centres in the world.
venue: Sala Tre
Aquae is the exclusive sensory collection of art design created by the artist. Gilioli created this collection by working on crystal on different layers, on which he imprinted the decomposed images of moving water, made alive by multimedia sensors that activate the installations. The works interact with the audience by involving the senses through sounds, movement and essences, becoming alive and dynamic. Each work is a story, a sensory door that communicates with the gaze and emotions of the spectators, accompanying them in the ancient depths of nature to get lost or to find themselves back into the primordial flow of the source.
Leonardo is You is the artist’s tribute to the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. This work, of the same dimensions as the Gioconda, looks like a black crystal with Leonardo’s self-portrait engraved on two layers. Approaching the work, the glass becomes transparent and reveals a mirror that reflects the observer’s image. The artist invites the spectator to cultivate curiosity, ingenuity, research and multidisciplinarity; all values considered by the artist as the true heritage of Leonardo.
Raoul Gilioli is a multidisciplinary installation artist, originally from Turin. The focus of his work is the interaction with the audience through the creation of specific projects focusing on themes of common and contemporary interest. For his works Gilioli uses various expressive tools according to the artistic content. His work is supported and sponsored by the main European institutions. Among its most significant installation projects we highlight Permeabilitè (tableaux vivents installations dedicated to the cinema director R. Polanski), Pupilla (multimedia towers against gender violence), Vita(200 installations-video art on the generational pact), Crash Installazione (performance for D. Cronemberg), Young Wood (installation of multimedia trees), iSkatheroisme (5 exhibitions in Italy between photo and performance installations on Gitani skaters), 8Sk8 (city monument), Who are You (sensory installations in Paris), Architetture Invisibili (multimedia installations between architecture and territory), You at the mirror (multimedia installations with mirror). His work is currently being produced and represented by the Novalis gallery in Hong Kong.
venue: Sala Appartamento
A collection of furniture and lights inspired by the Venice Lagoon and its islands, more or less hidden and known, each with a past to be told. The indissoluble bond unites Venice with glass, the typical transparency of the material, the organic boundaries of the islands and their history respectively inspire the shapes of the shelves and the geometries that emerge on the surfaces, which are obtained by digging the material itself, as to dust those events of the past that define the character of the islands themselves.
Omri Revesz is a designer whose work ranges from interior products and fittings, to urban public spaces, to research and digital projects. In his works, Revesz examines the changes in contemporary society and human behavior as the core of new possibilities for interaction, collaboration and expression, paying great attention to traditional processes and technological innovation. In recent years Revesz has received several international awards, including the ADI Design Index in 2015 and 2017 and the Wallpaper Design Award in 2019. His works have been exhibited in prestigious locations and events in the field of design such as the Milan Triennale, the Venice Biennale, the Salone del Mobile, Maison & Objet Paris, Galleria S. Bensimon. His works have been published in numerous design magazines such as Domus, Abitare, Interni, Living and the New York Times. Currently, Revesz is teaching Industrial Design at the IUAV University of Venice and is a guest lecturer at the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice and the ECA European Culture Academy.
venue: Lower Foyer
Urban Symbiosis’s Cleaning Station® is an indoor air biofiltrating design set supporting plants with a natural biofiltration function and designed to combat the high rate of indoor air pollution, a problem often ignored or underestimated. Urban Symbiosis Design comes from the research of Pietro Follini, matured over the years through creative and design paths that range among art, design and communication. Cleaning Station® was created to combat the problem of air pollution, due to poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
Pietro Follini, after stopping his architecture studies in Venice, got to advertising in the 80s. He worked as Art Director at various agencies (BBDO, TBWA, DDB, Leo Burnett, DmB & B). In 1990 he founded the Galleria l ‘Affiche in Milan, where he exhibited self-produced design objects. He also worked as an advertising and film director. After a few years of apprenticeship and experimentation, he was finally able to fully express his versatile personality. He wrote and directed 2 music videos by and with Fabrizio de Andrè. He participated at the 2011 Venice Biennale (Saluzzo) under the coordination of Vittorio Sgarbi. He founded Urban Symbiosis Design, a studio that contributes to the improvement of environmental conditions in offices, public and private spaces.
venue: Theatre Entrance – Right wall
TECHNIQUE ”Tactile Intuition” is the culmination of a two year period of experiments on the double cloth technique. The beginning of this process followed a systematic and vigorous approach to this technique, which gradually, in time, with a profound experimentation moved beyond its boundaries.
The piece is handwoven on a domestic 16 harness dobby loom. The warp was threaded in sectional double cloth forming a double layered fabric. Both layers are woven simultaneously, the first weft thread will cross the upper fabric and the second weft thread the lower fabric. At the same time calculated mounds of cotton strands and bundles of cotton fishnet yarn are endlessly assembled in this hanging installation adding an extra heavy weight to the loom. The height of the piece was indicated by the max. weight the loom could handle to weave, 4.9 metres in total. The woven base would create tribal patterns so when looking at the piece from far would create a strong visual impact.
CONCEPT My aim was to capture a moment of an instinctive feeling and translate it into a woven landscape in order to create a liberated more symbolic weave which appears to be detached from the loom and the weaver. This piece moved beyond its limitations to present a different and unexpected kind of freedom with which I could express myself through thread. The wall-piece hangs heavily from a solid brass rod, emphasizing the downfall weight of the piece like a cascade, creating a spatial ‘environment’. A thick cotton warp and weft in two especially custom dyed colours create an irregular structure suggestive of a secret instinctive surrounding. The custom dyed colours symbolize a magnetic groundness, creating a monolithic landscape with a profound echo.
Joanna Louca creates fabric narratives since 1999 by intertwining diverse materials through complex weaving craftsmanship on domestic handlooms at her weaving atelier in Cyprus. Her textiles skillfully combine fine craftsmanship, hand dyeing and artisan techniques, always providing meticulous attention to detail and great respect to local traditional weaving techniques. Each of the numbered woven editions is endowed by an incessant challenge to cross the boundaries of weaving and create a new language through thread. Louca studied Woven Textiles at Middlesex University in 1990 followed by a Masters degree in Textiles at Goldsmiths University in 1996. She then worked as a freelance textile designer and consultant on woven fabrics in London until 2000. From 2000-2013 she presented her woven collections in Paris and London fashion weeks, through trade shows and showrooms. In 2012 ‘Joanna Louca woven editions’ was established focusing mainly on wall pieces in monumental formats and taking up commission projects for private residences, commercial spaces and galleries mainly in London, Paris and Nicosia.
venue: Theatre Entrance – Left Wall
RED Crystal Curtain / Sipario di Cristallo ROSSO | installation
A suspended curtain made of iridescent red crystal that develops with the concatenation of blown Pyrex glass modules creating a plot that offers various compositional possibilities
D ‘ArZento landscape 2018/2019 series | installation
Blue steel oval mirrors characterized by Pirex glass elements that were lustred and mirrored. The core of the work is composed of 5 mirrored modular elements of different volumes that can be repeated endlessly. A landscape that extends itself, due to the prolific multiplication of liquid mirroring cells, interacting dynamically with the environment.
Ice ViruX 2009/2019 series | installation
The Ice-ViruX series were born from a suggestion inspired by the discovery of semi-active prehistoric viruses extrapolated from the Arctic ice with the drilling of the pack ice. They are microorganisms reanimated and multiplied in the laboratory after millions of years. Melting glaciers, due to climate change, could similarly free up in the environment other bacteria and viruses that would spontaneously resume life. The work displays this phenomenon with a swarm of dynamic biomorphic creatures looking like a sort of snowfall of crystals made of evanescent whitish-silver creatures of organic ice.
Gelatine LuX Siderali 2009 series | installation
Bioluminescent, fluctuating alien creatures with milky and iridescent forms, synapses of an intra-extraterrestrial world. Opaline glass, mirror application, LED light optical fibre.
venue: Sala Treno Blu
The Circus is part of a creative universe explored by great glassmakers and designers of Murano ….. Materials, colours, shapes: the glass has been used to give these funny, changing and coloured characters their own image, an imprint of the Artist. CIRCUS talks about glass and imagination, about the desire to muddle up, mix and play with the elements and recompose the soul. CIRCUS is “my world, the place where I work and find the way to express my creativity in the present.
Silvia Finiels was born in Paris, she studied Stylisme and textile printing in Lyon. She worked in Paris in the fashion industry, then she joined the Opera Comique as a costume designer, refining and developing a great sensitivity for beauty and art. In 1987 she arrived in Venice where she met the artist Giorgio Mion, who later became her husband. Together they deal with antiques and decoration: specifically, they develop the same passion for the ancient Venetian pearls with which they create precious and unique necklaces. In 2007 Silvia Finiels opened her gallery in S. Polo, which boasts collections of ancient pearls and necklaces and where she dedicated herself to her new passion: the Murano glass. She created then her own Aventurina Design logo for a wider research on vintage glass lamps. Finiels’ lamps are creations with refined colours, elements recovered and reworked with passion and care, thanks also to the expert hands of the artisans of Murano. The “JARDIN D’OPALINE” collection inspired by the colours and atmospheres of ancient gardens was exhibited at the Murano Glass Museum in May and June 2018.During The Venice Glass Week, Silvia inaugurated her permanent collection “LUCE DEL BAROCCO” at the Porte Italia gallery in Campo Santo Stefano in Venice, a collection inspired by the forms and light of the seventeenth century.
venue: walkway between the foyers