All Good Things Must Come To An End : Personal Structures Venice

Only one month to go before The Venice Art Biennale ends.

 

Anthony Moman was at the Personal Structures Show for The Venice Art Biennale 2017
Thank you for having me Venice 

Hurry along to The Personal Structures Group Show which will also be ending on November 26th.

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To Be One and Divine Object
Personal Structures
Venice Biennale 2017

EXHIBITION TITLE PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders
VENUES Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa
LOCATION Venice, Italy
PROMOTER GAA Foundation
HOST European Cultural Centre
Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays.

FREE ENTRY

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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.

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.

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”

WEBSITES: http://www.gaafoundation.org http://www.europeanculturalcentre.eu

http://www.anthonymoman.com

Sculpture using prototype needles

 

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Love Is The Drug (Green) 2017
Syringe on marine wood in plexiglas case
42 x 42 cm

I like a challenge. It takes you out of your comfort zone. I was asked to create a syringe sculpture using a client’s prototype syringes. The time frame was tight as I was busy preparing my work for the Venice Biennale. My first thought was to decline the offer but as I said I like being challenged.
This is the result. I think these syringes are stunning.

 

http://www.chamberlaindunn.co.uk/the-art-of-sharp/