Feedback release: CANVAS | THE SKIN PROJECT
London | September 03 – October 09, 2020
THE LINE Contemporary Art Space
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Mercato Metropolitano and YMX Arts, is proud to announce the striking results of the THE SKIN PROJECT, first appointment of CANVAS International Art Fair 2020 that took place in London at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, from September 03 to October 09, 2020.
THE SKIN PROJECT analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality; a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression. We invited artists to explore the connection between desires, needs, fears through rituals that brings human kind to change, to transform and to evolve their inner world.
The exhibition concept has been well explained by Olga Volodina‘s artworks: indeed, the reasearch about the human is the main subject of her photography. In “Metamorphoses series” we come across the theme of a personal transformation: a fragile human consciousness influenced by mass media, the hypocrisy of the modern society and an average human, who is forced by the system to spend a precious lifetime either on basic survival needs or excessive consumption. Black and white colors are used to emphasize the edge between good and evil, that humanity is balancing on. Bodies in bandages symbolize sick mankind, weakened by prejudices and fears and vulnerable to manipulations. Marica Romano, throught her paintings, shown her idea of “transition/figurative – evolution to abstract”: the figurative paint is dismembered and reworked in the abstract in a purely emotional key. The only physical connection between the canvases is the size and color palette itself. The abstract transposes onto canvas the emotions and sensations that are not filtered by the figurative forms. All the untold emotions, that are limited by the figurative, are easily flowing and expressed directly and instinctively through the abstract that provide an unjudgeable and intrinsically free way to communicate.
Pudor and desire, thrift and turbulence, sensuality and holiness: even though at times they seem antagonistic, these are, in fact, nuances of the human essence and of Galdino Neto’s photographs. With excellent control of light and shadow, the artist brings out strong and sensual characters. Fragile and sensitive, works that mix the realism of photographic modernity with the classic features of paintings by Tenebrist artists. His images exalt the body and the human psyche from compositions that lead to reflect on the meaning of life, death, sex and equality. He creats images from the brutality of darker side of the humanity to the beauty and nobility of the Human spirit. Cengiz Yatagan reflects the records of projections of the reality he sees by leaving them in a coincidental way on the canvas. There is only one impression sticks in the mind although uncategorized changefulness works: that is a deep infinity. The artist reflects the reality he perceives on the canvas by letting coincidence take its turn. Also Zeynep Yazici was among our artists selected; in her works, she was influenced by the “pollock” and fictionalized figures expressing herself and her social life. She used streaming technique and digital manipulation together. The colors she used were sometimes the color of her pain, sometimes her joy, and sometimes her hopes. Özge Günaydin is interested in art since she was 10. She is very much inspired by nature, the human impact and the ying yang balance of life. Through art, she would like to make an impact on society. She take cares the global problems in the world. While producing plastic art works, her aim is to raise awareness to prevent the harm of human species to the world and to inspire people to be more peaceful, more productive and more protective with nature, environment and animals. Carole E. Thiele presented her work “Generation change” and “Monosapiens” using a new concept of canvas: digital working method which creates new form of expression on the screen, hardly different in the painting process from an oil painting on canvas. The artistic process is the same. Whereby the artist mainly uses her earlier works as models. Yiwen Tu took part in this exhibition showing, throught her videos, her exploration on the theme “Extinction and Revival”. The designer repeated the process of destroying and rebuilding her artworks to create artifacts that became a new life form born from the past. Then, she explored the meaning of the extinction of the original works, the revival of new artifacts, and the relationship between the “dead” and the “reborn”. The designer used both digital and physical technique in the process, and the form of artworks ranges from print design, coding, to installation, and motion design performance.
Thanks to all our selected artists, THE SKIN PROJECT has definitely shown a new idea of canvas, as a tool that can explain how the human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies.
Franziska Becher . Germany | Julien Bernard-Grau . UK | Lia Bottanelli . Italy | Yi-Chiao Chen . Taiwan | Ryan Dubinsky . USA | Timo Frank . Germany | Ozge Gunaydin . Turkey | Lidea Hajjar . Lebanon | Cho, Hui-Chin . France | Sonia Levesque . UK | Sima Malekzadeh . Iran | Stephania Micallef . Malta | Ron Miller . Germany | Hollie Miller & Craig Scott . UK | Goran Gus Nemarnik . Croatia | Galdino Neto . USA | Oan Kyu . South Of Korea | Pascal Raso . France | Marica Romano . Italy | Carola E. Thiele . Germany | Yiwen Tu . China | Olga Volodina . Russia | Cengiz Yatagan . Turkey | Zeynep Yazici . Turkey
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
gallery manager Massimiliano Gordiani
project manager Francesca Brigandì
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Giulia Tassi
collaborators Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo, Gabriella D’Aprile
supported by HUB Design New York
THE LINE Contemporary Art Space
42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
11:00AM – 06:00PM | Tuesday – Saturday
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THE LINE Contemporary Art Space
Located in the heart of London, 5 minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle and Borough station, the Gallery is less than 1 km far from The Shard and TATE Modern and 2 metro stops from London Eye and Big Ben. THE LINE Contemporary Art Space is uniquely positioned at the second floor of Mercato Metropolitano, London’s first sustainable community market for food lovers, which promotes a healthy approach by focusing on artisans and local producers. With its 4800 square feet floor plan and natural light, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space offers inspirations to a new generation of creatives: a wide open space in which to experience contemporary art and where artists, curators and art lovers connect themselves in a unique network by sharing their knowledge and exchanging ideas.
ABOUT MERCATO METROPOLITANO
Mercato Metropolitano started with a pilot project in 2015 during the World Expo in Milan, regenerating a 150,000 sq.ft. disused railway station. The development of the first Mercato Metropolitano was carefully planned to retain the site’s original appearance, which nurtured the local community’s affection for a special part of their urban history. Over a four-month period, we saw in excess of two million visitors and our customer spend was over €8 million. The concept evolved from this success, and we opened our first site in Elephant & Castle, London in 2016.
Our MMarketplace is where selected food suppliers and our trading partners connect with our visitors to breathe life into healthy living that helps local communities grow strong together. MM brings diverse food practices and ingredients from different countries, cultures and traditions into urban environments. We take a “Glocal” approach: global reach with a local focus. While you will find dishes from around the world in our marketplace, we encourage the use of locally-sourced, natural ingredients.