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AS I TOOK HER ARMS SHE STARED THROUGH MY FACE AT THE DARK BRANCHES OF THE TREES OVER MY HEAD

Christiane Bergelt, Olarn Chiaravanont, Michael Lawton, Rasmus Nilausen, Catherine Parsonage, Ross Taylor

 

curated by Michael Lawton
28.01 – 04.03.2018

 

 

(ENG)

 

“The information on the walls was arranged so densely it was difficult to see individual items, it was a mess of symbols and images, of photographs, notes and paintings. There were representations of everything, a greasy pillow, Nordic House, a haircut, there were flying things to disrupt surveillance, lamplighters, scalphunters, shoemakers, parts of bodies pinned together with stumps jutting out, a croissant, markings that formed a kind of grate. Dissemblance and figuration, gigantic floating franken-symbols, small icons, the votive, the iconoclastic, politics, botany, the aquatic, hobbies, male pattern baldness, growing plants, a vessel of some kind, a stomach swilling and churning, paintings gone bad, a painting going well, a lone shoe in the street, a monster, a knight, an angel, mutterings and anti-mandalas, a waterfall.”
From “The Polycephalus”
“As I took her arm she stared through my face at the dark branches of the trees over my head” is an exhibition that gathers together the work of six painters for whom words; written, read, spoken or forgotten, act as stimuli to their painting practice.
The show explores this liminal area between the visual and the literary, the painted and the written; the point when one becomes the other or doesn’t or can’t. The six painters think about how they might answer the question of how to paint about writing.
Michael Lawton has curated the exhibition and written an accompanying text, “The Polycepahlus,” representative of his research. The hypothesis of this research is that the best writing to accompany an artwork is a work of fiction, narratives that exist in the world that the viewer enters when they encounter the artwork: texts written for paintings rather than about them. The world of this particular narrative has been further inspired by interviews conducted with the five other artists in the preceding months.

 

 

(ITA)

 

“As I took her arm she stared through my face at the dark branches of the trees over my head” è una mostra che riunisce il lavoro di sei pittori, le cui parole, scritte, lette, parlate o dimenticate, agiscono come stimoli per la loro pratica pittorica.
L’esposizione esplora il confine tra il visuale e il letterario, il dipinto e lo scritto, il punto in cui uno diventa l’altro oppure no. I sei pittori riflettono su come dovrebbero rispondere alla domanda: come dipingere la scrittura?
Il progetto è a cura di Michael Lawton autore di “The Polycepahlus,” testo di accompagnamento alla mostra e rappresentativo della sua ricerca, la cui ipotesi è che la migliore scrittura per accompagnare un’opera sia la narrativa. Racconti che esistono nel mondo in cui lo spettatore entra quando incontra il quadro: testi scritti per i dipinti più che su di essi. Il mondo di queste particolari narrazioni è stato inoltre ispirato dalle interviste intercorse con gli altri cinque artisti durante i mesi precedenti.

 

 

As I Took Her Arms She Stared Through My Face at the Dark Branches of the Trees over My Head, exhibition view

Rasmus Nilausen, Burning Bush, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 65 cm
Christiane Bergelt, (Frank Sulfur Incense) purple lack ultra chat, 2016, Mixed media on paper, 22,5 x 19,6 cm framed

 

Christiane Bergelt, (Frank Sulfur Incense), Pizzette, 2017, mixed media on paper, 28,6 x 23,7 cm framed
As I Took Her Arms She Stared Through My Face at the Dark Branches of the Trees over My Head, exhibition view
Olarn Chiaravanont, Pensive Hour, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 50x55cm
Rasmus Nilausen, Untitled, 2017, oil and acrylic on linen, 30 x 40 cm
Ross Taylor, The back of the cave (cokey snot blood), 2011-18, oil paint, oil pastel, pencil and graphite on paper, 67 x 51 cm
Catherine Parsonage, Untitled (She was like none of these), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 35 cm
Ross Taylor, The Night Walker (1), 2011-18, oil paint, oil pastel, pencil and graphite on paper, dimensions variable
Exhibition view





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FUNDRAISING 2018/2019

A selection of available drawings and limited edition artworks from the Yellow collective and other contributors.

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YELLOW #1

Catalogue in edition of 300 copies.
108 pag. images + Italian/English texts of all exhibitions curated by Yellow in 2014/2015.

 

Artists: Pierluigi Antonucci, Alessia Armeni, Michael Bartlett, Giovanni Blanco, Lorenza Boisi, Lindsey Bull, Jacopo Casadei, Luca De Angelis, Lorenzo Di Lucido, Elia Gobbi, Sebastiano Impellizzeri, Kate Hiley, Sigrid Holmwood, Michael Lawton, Cathy Lomax, Enzo Marra, Luigi Massari, Jill Mulleady, Vera Portatadino, Marco Salvetti, Patrizia Emma Scialpi, Davide Serpetti, Corinna Spencer, Enrico Tealdi, Michele Tocca, Lucia Veronesi.

 

Texts: Veronica Liotti, Cathy Lomax, Carlos Seabra, Vera Portatadino, Simona Squadrito
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Graphic design: Chiara Vanini.

 


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YELLOW #2

Catalogue in edition of 200 copies.
108 pag. images + Italian/English texts of all exhibitions curated by Yellow in 2016/2017.

 

 

Artists: Alessia Armeni, Stephan Balleux, Cesare Biratoni, Lorenza Boisi, Thomas Braida, Lindsey Bull, Jacopo Casadei, Manuele Cerutti, Gianluca Codeghini, Marta Dal Sasso, Valentina D’Amaro, Katja Davar, Luca De Angelis, Adelheid De Witte, Lorenzo Di Lucido, Gianluca Di Pasquale, Benoit Félix, Cosimo Filippini, Archie Franks, Elia Gobbi, Agnese Guido, Adi Haxhiaj, Harald Hofmann, Sebastiano Impellizzeri, Gabriele Jardini, Aida Kazarian, Sue Kennington, Rossano Tiziano Mainieri, Marta Mancini, Francesco Maluta, Gianluca Marinelli, Angelo Mosca, Bruno Muzzolini, Christian Niccoli, Andrea Panarelli, Stefano W. Pasquini, Thomas Pohler, Vera Portatadino, Luca Resta, Marco Salvetti, Claudio Salvi, Alessandro Scarabello, Mario Scudeletti, Natan Sinigaglia, Diego Soldà, Attilio Tono, Kristof van Heeschvelde, Lucia Veronesi.

 

Texts: Alessia Armeni, Daniele Astrologo Abadal, Francesco Bozzi, Claudia Contu, Francesca D’Aria, Natacha De Mol, Archie Franks, Florian Kiniques, Andrea Lacarpia, Veronica Liotti, Rossella Moratto, Veronica Perrucci, Vera Portatadino, Simona Squadrito

 

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ELSEWHERE – ALTROVE

 

2014, 60 pag. + postcard of Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore by artist Cathy Lomax.

Images + Italian/English texts of Elswhere-Altrove exhibition by Yellow and Transition Gallery of London and some creative texts inspired by the Lake Maggiore region!

 

 

Artists and texts: Cesare Biratoni, Archie Franks, Cathy Lomax, Freya Douglas-Morris, Vera Portatadino, Alli Sharma, Sofia Silva
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Texts

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—THE FINEST BUBBLE. Text by Lisa Klosterkötte

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—OSSERVATORIO NON PROFIT. Yellow. Published on Artribune

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—NOI X SEMPRE. Text by Simone Ciglia

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— SOTTO LA TAZZA BLU. Text by Giulia Gelmini

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— SUPERSYMMETRY. Text by Giulia Gelmini

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— ASLEEP. Vera Portatadino in conversation with Lilla Von Puttkamer

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— NEOBIOTA. Vera Portatadino in conversation with Sigrid Holmwood

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— SPAZI 2017 at Edicola Radetzky. ATP Diary

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— Rapporto “Io sono cultura 2016” realizzato da Fondazione Symbola e Unioncamere, un lavoro che annualmente fa il punto sullo stato dell’industria culturale e creativa nel nostro Paese. Il rapporto è stato presentato giovedì 23 giugno 2016 presso il MiBact, alla presenza del ministro Dario Franceschini.

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— Valentina D’Amaro, Viridis variazioni in verde. ATP Diary

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— Valentina D’Amaro, Why I paint. Interview for Phaidon, after the release of Vitamin P3 New Perspectives in Painting

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— Flash Art. Recensione Diorama del Nuovo Mondo, personale di Marco Salvetti

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— ATP Diary. Vera Portatadino in conversazione con Lucia Veronesi

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— PAINT! http://www.paintdiary.com/exhibit/jacopo-casadei-at-yellow-varese

 

— Intervista a Vera Portatadino, by Simona Squadrito per la rubrica Hideout di That’s Contemporary

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— Beauty and Sadness. Lindsey Bull solo show. Reviewed by Rossella Moratto for ATP Diary

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— Controcanto. Palinodie e Contaminazioni. Review by Dario Giovanni Alì, published on Exhibart

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— Trenta per Venticinque. A conversation with Michael Lawton. Vera Portatadino, published on ATP Diary

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— Da riss(e) a Zentrum. Tre mostre. by Rossella Moratto, published on ATP Diary

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— Nuovo artist-run space, a Varese. Nasce Yellow, con la guida di Vera Portatadino, tutto dedicato alla pittura. Un altro tassello della piattaforma Zentrum. Helga Marsala, published on Artribune

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— L’Altrove è in ogni dove. Una mostra a Varese. review di Sofia Silva, published on Artribune

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— ELSEWHERE – ALTROVE. Review by Andrea Lacarpia published on Cerchio Magazine

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Yellow is a vibrant scenario for painting.

It’s a research project and a non-profit space focused on contemporary painting, where Italian and international artists are invited to meet, interact, experiment, present and discuss their own work.

 

Contributors:  Vera Portatadino,  Luca De Angelis, Lucia Veronesi, Marco Salvetti, Lorenzo Di Lucido.

 

Founded in 2014 by artist Vera Portatadino, Yellow is part of Zentrum – a platform for contemporary art based in Varese – together with Surplace, Riss(e) and Anonima Kunsthalle.



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