February 4, 2016 – March 12, 2016
87, Rue De Turenne, Paris
The new body of works that Lorenzo Puglisi (Biella, 1971) has completed for his first solo show at Sobering documents the recents achievements of his artistic path and questions deeply the whole of his artistic career. «Being can generate only being and if man is enclosed in this process of generation, only being will come out of him.» Besides, human reality can’t exclude the mass of being, but «man’s relation with being is what can be modified.» Are Lorenzo Puglisi’s figures luminous beings plunged into total darkness or, on the contrary, do they face the metaphorical obscurity of their inner worlds ? This duality can be read in the pictorial texture: black is smooth and dense, white disrupts the canvas and is punctuated by reliefs, and sometimes enhanced by colored touches. Character’s faces, hands and feet emerge from the black background. The artist isolates these parts of the body to reveal their expressive power : faces convey emotions, hands characterize gestures and feet symbolize human standing.
By reducting the character to the structural elements of the expressive body, Lorenzo Puglisi tries to decipher the essence of portrait. The expressionist strokes suggest the dynamic of the figure -avoiding classical portrait stasis- as much as a superimposition of states, an expressive accumulation. The isolated character emphasizes the metaphysical aspect of human being facing nothingness, «this possibility for human reality to secrete a nothingness which isolates it»: black color in Lorenzo Puglisi’s paintings could be the metaphor of it.
However nothingness, in its opposition to being, could not be the subject of knowledge or experience as the conceptualization of nothingness is intrinsically linked to existence : it is circumscribed by being. Almost spectral figures blossom on black color, «more than a reduction or a blurring, on the contrary they appear as taken in the moment of their vigorous become, when being wins on nothingness and things take their final shape. »
In his recent series, the artist reinterprets great pieces of Art History (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo…) which belong to humanity artistic heritage as they form a collective visual memory. Lorenzo Puglisi is interested in the construction of these cultural references : the composition of the painting evokes a familiar image for the viewer but the artist puts up a smokescrenn as only the positions of faces, hands and feet are visible. From this cultural base, he produces a new iconography, updating the representation modes.
Opening February 4th | h. 6,30 – 9 pm
87, rue de Turenne
+ 33 (0)9 66 82 04 43
Tuesday – Friday 10am-1pm / 2pm-7pm
Saturday 11am-1pm / 2pm-7pm
September 17, 2015 – November 21, 2015
CAC LA TRAVERSE
Centre d'art contemporaine d'Alfortville
9, Rue Traversière, 94140 Alfortville
To echo a 2015 rich in commemorations - the 70th anniversary of World War II, the centenary of the Great War and the centenary of the Armenian Genocide - the ACC La Traverse is pleased to welcome "I remember", an exhibition where contemporary art faces history. "I remember" presents a selection of works that extend the reflection on identity and memory through the creation of new images conveying the memories of historic events, particularly the Armenian Genocide. Artists have decided to tackle this issue by different angles and perspectives: education, identity, Holocaust denial, the notion of monument.
Memory is certainly a duty for the descendants, but is particularly a tool of insubordination symbolizing the victory of freedom under the yoke the oppression.
Vernissage 17 septembre | 18h
en présence de Monsieur le Sénateur-Maire d’Alfortville, Luc Carvounas, des commissaires et des artistes.
COMMISSARIAT de Patricia Kishishian & Jean-Claude Ghenassia
Sophie Bouvier Ausländer
Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt
Viet Bang Pham
PARTENAIRE DE L’EXPOSITION
Partena IresDe La Traverse
Conseil Régional d’Ile-De-France
CNCM - La Muse en Circuit
Le Théâtre Studio
Tel : 01.56.29.37.21
mercredi au samedi |14h à 18h.
nocturne le mercredi | 18h à 20h.
jeudi | 10h à 17h et vendredi | 10h à 13h
JE ME SOUVIENS
L' IGNOTO CHE APPARE
March 8, 2016 – April 24, 2016
7, via Maroncelli, Milan
The historic art gallery Il Milione in Milan, hosts an exhibition of the artist Lorenzo Puglisi (Italy, 1971) that, for this project, presents a series of paintings in which he reflects on the theme of the portrait. Revisiting the tradition of painting, the artist uses the compositional structure of famous works from the past leading to a radical transformation of the original masterpieces. The artist acts dramatically changing the constituent principles of its models: if in the original there is a precise definition of the relationship between light and darkness, in his works on the contrary they mix up into new conceptual balances. While the darkness is considered as an absence or a subtraction of the light factor, he instead represents it exactly like a subliminal condensation of the light itself. His darkness stems by the extreme thickening of the light: the excessive accumulation of bright glow pours into clumps on the surface of the painting, producing mysterious depths of darkness. Light reverberates like a sensual moonlight cutting the darkness around the subjects and creating an expressive mystery; its shadow remains witness in the indecipherable glances of the portraits.
As the artist says: “Light, in the darkness, is something that slowly begins to appear from nowhere, a nowhere which is my condition." Puglisi manifests in his painting a deep desire to unveil reality, with questions that run throughout life, between light and darkness; his paintings refer to the sense of the unknown that attracts in its ancestral mystery, stretched between damnation and consolation.
Opening March 8th | h. 6,30 – 9 pm
7, via Maroncelli
+ 39 02 29063272
Monday - Friday 10.30am-1pm / 3.30pm-7pm
September 17, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Aquae Pavillon Expo, Venice
The historic Milanese publisher of art books Prearo Editore in collaboration with Willy Montini, is pleased to present the exhibition “Acqua è” curated by Vera Agosti and Gianni Floris, opening at the Aquae Pavilion of Expo Venice the 17th September 2015.
The group exhibition offers an interesting insight into how artists have explored the theme of water, through a variety of symbolic interpretations, media, styles and feelings. Water not only allows life, but also influence the climate, transmits and generates energy; water cures with thalassotherapy, it gives salt, fishes and shellfishes. We are made for more than 70% of water as is the Earth and then Sea-life binomial is felt as something ancestral: all civilizations were born along the rivers or close to the seas. All these aspects are interpreted by the different sensitivity of the individual artists. It is impossible to gather all the Italian and international artistic production dedicated to the subjectof course: they were then invited artists which have collaborated over the past years with Prearo Editore. The group exhibition was created in 2008 as a project to be presented at Expo Milano 2015. Now, finally, the show finds its rightful place in Hall Aquae, which in its very name recalls the Exhibition title, in the city of Venice, the water city par excellence, thanks to the hospitality of Cesare De Michelis and Giuseppe Mattazzo, Expo Venice’s President and Director.
100 the artists involved, whose works respond perfectly to the 2015 Universal Exhibition’s theme: "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". A first classification that distinguishes the invited masters is the distinction between those who have made water a key theme of their research or of a particular stage of their career and those who indents water as a broader argument. Prearo Editore and Marsilio Editori will publish for this exhibition an extensive catalog, which will be presented to the public at Expo Venice on September the 30th, 2015.
Giulia Alberti, Adriano Altamira, Marco Ambrosi, Gianni Asdrubali, Salvatore Astore, Paolo Baratella, Angelo Barone, Roberto Besana, Domenico Bianchi, Marinella Bombardieri, Eros Bonamini, Paolo Brenzini, Daniele Camaioni, Dario Carmentano, Eugenio Carmi, Sandro Chia, Giovanni Cerri, Giuseppe Chiari, Andrea Chiesi, Michele Chiossi, Francesco Correggia, Aliona Cotorobai, Jaya Cozzani, Angelo Cruciani, Valentina D’Amaro, Aldo Damioli, Ken Damy, Domenico David, Fernando De Filippi, Leonida De Filippi, Gianni Dessi, Mariangela De Maria, Santolo De Luca, Stefania Di Marco, Chiara Dynys, Diego Esposito, Bonomo Faita, Paola Fiorido, Paola Fonticoli, Giovanni Frangi, Cesare Fullone, Massimo Kaufmann, Giorgio Kiaris, Kazumasa, Enzo Galiardino, Massimiliano Galliani, Michelangelo Galliani, Omar Galliani, Serena Gallini, Fabrizio Garghetti, Dario Ghibaudo, Piero Gilardi, Eugenio Giliberti, Emanuele Gregolin, Giorgio Griffa, Jonathan Guaitamacchi, Patrizia Guerresi, Federico Guida, Riccardo Gusmaroli, Cristina Lefter, Li Wei, Marco Lodola, Rita Mancini, Umberto Mariani, Plinio Martelli, Maddalena Mauri, Marco Memeo, Bartolomeo Migliore, Ignazio Moncada, Veronica Montanino, Gianmarco Montesano, Maria Mulas, Nino Mustica, Ugo Nespolo, Davide Nido, Renzo Nucara, Pino Oliva, Claudio Olivieri, Giorgio Olivieri, Urano Palma, Federica Palmarin, Hannu Palosuo, Alessandro Papetti, Gianfranco Pardi, Paola Pezzi, Gabriele Picco, Daniele Pignatelli, Francesco Pignatelli, Luca Pignatelli, Pino Pinelli, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Stefano Pizzi, Fabrizio Plessi, Lisa Ponti, Lorenzo Puglisi, Mario Raciti, Iacopo Raugei, Annalisa Riva, Enzo Rizzo, Nicola Salvatore, Mario Schifano, Aldo Spoldi, Tino Stefanoni, Luigi Stoisa, Gian Paolo Tomasi, Antonio Trotta, Franco Vaccari, Luca Zampetti, Chiristian Zanotto.
Opening october 4th | 18.30h
EXPO VENICE - AQUAE
5, via G. Ferraris, Marghera - Venice
Catalog by Marsilio Editori, with an essay by Vera Agosti
Acqua è - Venezia 2015
October 4, 2014 – November 4, 2014
MUSEO DEL TERRITORIO
Via Q. Sella, 13900 Biella
Lorenzo Puglisi opens his solo exhibition at the Museo del Territorio opening a cycle of shows by the generation of artists who, after great masters such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio and Ugo Nespolo, are working successfully with a broad and innovative artistic.
It is a generation of forty years old artists who managed to penetrate the market gaining appreciation by critics, gallery owners and collectors, artists who have had solo exhibitions in major venues and have received significant awards.
These artists no longer live in our city or in our territory, but are always linked by emotional issues to Biella and the Biellese.
Lorenzo Puglisi has been living for several years in Bologna, in London and in other european cities, but he is still in relationship with Biella. It is a real pleasure to welcome in the halls of our cloister his exhibition, in order to return to the city intelligences which began their careers here but did not cut the thread to the roots of their origin.
Teresa Barresi, Assessore of culture, city of Biella
Opening october 4th | 18h
MUSEO DEL TERRITORIO
Via Q. Sella, 13900 Biella
+ 39 o15 2529345
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30am-1pm / 3.30pm-7pm
© Lorenzo Puglisi 2016
ACQUA E' | EXPO2015