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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal Structures Group Exhibition is on until November 27th and is free entry, open every day except Tuesdays from 10 am – 6pm
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
Syringes are really symbolic and can provoke a host of different emotional reactions, mostly negative.
They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases, and change the way we look and feel about ourselves.
Our very existence can depend on one syringe, and they therefore deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.
The globe sculpture is called ” To Be One ” and it’s name was inspired by the poem
” To Be One With Each Other ” by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
” What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together
to strengthen each other in all labour
to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other
in the silent unspoken memories ? “