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This installation continues Anthony Moman’s exploration of syringes in art. The syringes have an ambivalent, controversial presence. For some they evoke feelings of horror triggering childhood memories of visits to the doctor for essential vaccinations, for others the squalid imagery of discarded drug paraphernalia.
They were first used in the 1600s for different types of intravenous injections, followed by the 1850s when the French veterinary surgeon Charles Gabriel Pravaz and the Scottish doctor Alexander Wood developed a syringe. It had a hollow needle fine that pierced the skin. Initially made of metal by 1866 the barrels were made from glass enabling doctors to see the contents.
Syringes have most likely been the saviour of humanity but now are also associated with tattoos and cosmetic surgery as well as recreational drug use. The ambiguity of the syringes in Anthony Moman’s sculptures are what makes them unsettling.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 marks a bit of history for Pietrasanta as the day when the Gallery Futura opens its doors officially.
In fact, the new Futura contemporary art gallery has a historic pedigree as Fienilarte, but with a new approach and spirit thanks to the direction of Claudio Francesconi, former founder of Gestalt Gallery.
Futura has decided to open its doors with a project of important cultural interest, a collective exhibition totally dedicated to the age old and stimulating relationship between art and science: an exhibition dedicated to one of the most mysterious and evocative symbols in the history of science, Pi Greco.
The exhibition entitled Pi Greco will begin with a short presentation, re-proposing the traditional #PillsOfArt review previously produced by Fienilarte, with a short speech by the teacher of mathematics, Professor Letizia Vaioli and will also have the honour of hosting the lawyer Anna Paola Negri Clementi, curator of the same foundation. The artists on show will be Paolo Dovichi, Szymon Oltarzewski, Mimmo Paladino, Tom Jó Coladelli, Anthony Moman, Philippe Delenseigne, Alfredo Sasso, Girolamo Ciulla, Roberto Fallani,Armando Marrocco. Ten artists of diverse experience and nationalities, united by the common goal to represent an enigma that has always entangled the minds of scientists: the Pi Greco.
I am proud to be part of the Andare Oltre Si Puo Art Exhibition, helping Downs Syndrome children and their families. The magnificent setting is the Palazzo Ducale, Lucca and the show is sponsored by the City of Lucca, Region of Tuscany, Comune of Capannori, Viareggio and Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art amongst others. Everyone is united in raising awareness of the challenges these wonderful children, and their families face. The art exhibition lasts from December 16th – January 7th 2018
Arriving in Venice last week, I was greeted by dark skies, rumbles of thunder and then incessant rain….but wait a minute ! Who cares about the weather. I had been invited to exhibit my artwork at the preeminent cultural event in the most beautiful city in the whole world.
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 as well as the Seychelles National Pavilion. Kiribati and Venice, although at different sides of the world both geographically and culturally, share similar environmental challenges in that 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 and actually lend another perspective to my syringes sculptures…think Anish Kapoor’s highly reflective sculptures.
I checked out 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.
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.
I was gratified to see the many people who 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 of needles, to incredulous, but at least no one was complacent or unreactive. That is all I wished for, to provoke a strong reaction amongst all this amazing art.
To take the Kiribati motto : “Te Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa”