Well Hello There

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I don’t think we’ve met.

When the last person leaves the gallery and closes the door, I wonder if these two would hit it off. She looks just like the kind of person he needs in his life.

 

Anthony Moman and Giovanni Maranghi’s work will be on permanent view in De Freo Gallery, Florence

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A Slightly Darker Mickey

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Mickey Finn 2017
Syringe on marine wood
82 x 80 cm

I have not been entirely idle during the long, hot summer instead I have been sketching out images that would work as sculptures. I have finally realized my dream to create a sculpture of a childhood icon – Mickey Mouse, but using non traditional material. He is still cheeky and lovable, but the title and symbolism of the material hint at a slightly darker side.

Baring My Soul

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Preparing for filming

Last week I was back in Venice at Palazzo Mora to meet a collector and film an interview on what makes Anthony Moman tick.
I had a stimulating and frank discussion with a group of extremely bright, future art professionals and was definitely out of my comfort zone.
There were some sharp and challenging questions about my technique and thought processes and at the end I felt drained but some somehow exhilarated at the same time.

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To Be One is inspired by the title of the exhibition (Personal Structures) Open Borders and was an affirmation that we are stronger together

Artists Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa around the Venice Biennale

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Lost in art at the Venice Biennale

I was delighted to welcome artist Hemi Bawa who flew in from India to see my sculptures in Personal Structures,hosted by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale.

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Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa in front of Dolk’s staple wall sculpture

We had a great time visiting the many exhibits in Palazzo Mora and discovered a recurring theme with my syringe sculptures, acupuncture needles and staples from Dolk. Curators take note.

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Ethereal dress sculpture

Later on we visited Glasstress and saw some ethereal glass work and then we went on to the Arsenale.

At this stage I was probably suffering from art fatigue, if that is possible for an artist.

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Impressed by the sheer scale of The Horse Problem

I enjoyed the Argentina Pavilion with The Horse Problem – surely one of the most reposted images from the Biennale.
I appreciated the symbolism of folk masks but the masks continued on and on and on and I was relieved to see something quite different in the striking imagery of Food for Thought by Maha Malluh from Saudi Arabia made from audio tapes in bread baking trays.

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Loved the imagery of Food for Thought

The Italian pavilion left me feeling a sense of dread and not the Magic World I had hoped for. I left the Arsenale without going to the Giardini as I empathised with Lani Maestro’s neon words No Pain Like This Body.

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No Pain Like This Body summed up how I felt

I had seen a lot of art and yes, call me biased but I still thought that the best exhibition in town during the Venice Biennale is Personal Structures.

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In front of my sculptures

Personal Structures Group Exhibition is on until November 27th and is free entry, open every day except Tuesdays from 10 am – 6pm

http://www.europeanculturalcentre.eu/index.php?page=15&lang=en

Making Waves

Moving on from contours ( see Divine Object which is currently on show in Personal Structures at Palazzo Mora for the Venice Biennale ) I am creating waves.

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Swell in progress
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Waves

Will you be visiting Venice or Florence this summer ?

If you are lucky enough to be visiting either of these beautiful cities and would like to see some innovative,fresh contemporary art please look out for Anthony Moman’s sculptures.
From a distance they could be led lights or ball bearings, but move closer and they are revealed as….syringes.

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Anthony Moman’s sculptures are on show during the Venice Biennale until the 26th of November 2017.
The exhibition is hosted and supported by the European Cultural Centre in two of its prestigious Palazzo’s in the centre of Venice -Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora and the Giardini Marinaressa.
Anthony’s work is to be found at Palazzo Mora (with Jeff Koons,Yoko Ono, Julian Opie,Gunther Uecker,Francois Morellet, Joseph Kosuth and many more)

Anthony Moman is also in Florence at the De Freo gallery
http://www.defreogallery.com/

Florence is in the central Italian region of Tuscany and is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities in Europe.
The gallery is located in one of the most important art districts in Florence just before the Ponte Santa Trinità, next to the Palazzo Pitti and Boboli
Gardens.

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Anthony Moman’s sculptures can be found at Gallery De Freo, Florence

He can transform a mundane medical instrument into the sensuous curves of a voluptuous female form, and it doing so does he render our fears or phobia of needles and syringes merely an impulsive, unjustified reaction ?

If you agree or disagree go and judge for yourself.

New syringe sculpture Hope by Anthony Moman

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Hope 2017
Syringes on marine wood

I have been in a reflective mood lately, torn between elation to be exhibiting in one of the most stunning locations in the world Venice, and what has been happening in my home town, London, and indeed anywhere else in the world.
This syringe sculpture has been on my mind and on the drawing board for some time but I have accelerated its release because I believe it transmits a message of hope in these challenging times.

Anthony Moman Personal Structures during the 57th Venice Biennale

PERSONAL STRUCTURES – Open Borders

OPENING PERIOD: 13 May – 26 November 2017

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Arriving in Venice last week, I was greeted by dark skies, rumbles of thunder and then rain….but wait a minute ! Who cares about the weather. I have been invited to exhibit my artwork at the preeminent cultural event in the most beautiful city in the whole world !

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Sharing Palazzo Mora and Personal Structures is the Kiribati National Pavilion

The Venice Biennale draws hundreds of thousands of art lovers and professionals from all over the world and I am going to be a part of this for the next 7 months, so I repeat, who cares about the weather.

After checking in to my apartment, I decided to head off to Palazzo Mora early  to check that the lights  did not reflect too much off the plexiglas cases. This palazzo is one of the three palazzi taken over by the European Cultural Centre for the Personal Structures group exhibition and also the Kiribati National Pavilion. Kiribati and Venice have similar environmental challenges…they are both sinking.

As I feared, the lights were too fierce but I felt churlish complaining that the great Hermann Nitsch’s blood paintings were vividly reflected on my artwork. This calls for tact and diplomacy.
I looked around at my other fellow artists and who should be behind my wall but none other than the great Jeff Koons…how blessed am I ! Nitsch’s blood and gore paintings, Anthony Moman’s syringe sculptures and Jeff Koon’s balloon dogs. Well this is the Venice Biennale,after all.

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Jeff Koons has got my back.

At 6pm there was a steady trickle of people arriving and by 6.30 it became a torrent as they arrived by the hundred. By 7pm with the Prosecco flowing, and trays of exquisite canapés passing me by, it was barely breathing room.

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Crowd pleaser

Many people did a double take as they realized that my shapes were formed not by led lights or ball bearings (now there’s an idea ) but real, fully armed syringes. The reactions were mixed from surprise, disgust – phobia for needles, to incredulous, but at least no one was complacent. That is what I had hoped for, to provoke a strong reaction amongst all this art.

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To Be One 2017 Syringes on marine board
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Divine Object, 2017 Anthony Moman Syringes on marine board in plexiglas box
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Taking a closer look
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Up close and personal

To take the Kiribati motto :  “Te Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa”

“Health, Peace and Prosperity”

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