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    LUISA RABBIA
    [=== LUISA = RABBIA =]
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2022
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    Luisa Rabbia working on
    Birth
    2017
    Colored pencil on acrylic on canvas
    108 x 202 in
    Photo credit: David Dixon

    Courtesy the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH LUISA RABBIA

    My work starts with a countless number of fingerprints on canvas, my approach is physical and intuitive. Whether I intertwine pencil lines or I scratch through layers of paint, marks accumulate over a large surface referencing both time and the responsibility that comes with every single action. I imagine our bodies immersed in invisible traces left by humanity over the course of time, small particles that we breathe in and out and that inevitably determine a present never disconnected from past and future. I see the fingerprints as fossils, traces that are there, just waiting to interact with the making of the painting.

    EVAN ROTH
    [=== EVAN === ROTH ==]
    NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2022
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    Evan Roth
    Landscapes
    2020
    Network located videos
    Photo credit: Bruno Lopes, Red Lines with Landscapes, Portugal (Lisbon), Fidelidade Arte, January 31 – May 22, 2020, Lisbon

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    99 WORDS WITH EVAN ROTH

    My recent work concentrates on how bias affects systems. Our current network of buried glass strands did not descend from the cloud, but has a history dating back at least as far as the “All Red Line”, the name given to the first telegraph network to circumnavigate the globe. Otherwise known as the “Empire Girdle”, this cable landed only in areas shaded in red on maps depicting the British empire. These systems are narratives that are bent intentionally and unintentionally by the histories and biases of those with the power to define which way is up.

    IRINA KIRCHUK
    [=== IRINA == KIRCHUK ===]
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2022
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    Irina Kirchuk
    Cloudburst
    Installation view
    2018
    Bold Tendencies Commissions
    Photo credit: Damian Griffiths 


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    99 WORDS WITH IRINA KIRCHUK

    Our urban landscape.
    The inconsequential and the unattended objects that fill the world with their material obsolescence and a petty and apparent functionality.
    An absurd panorama.
    Self-criticism, parody, sarcasm, humor, camouflage, irony, minimalism.
    The symbolic and the obvious, the real and the fictional.

    The discarded materials and its charm, a free record, unwanted, of our everyday.
    Those aren’t solitary, lost and godforsaken bits, on the contrary, clues into worlds ruled by systems previously unknown.
    Doors open to mystery, fantasy or fun.
    Found objects isn’t only about saving resources, but also about pointing a finger to our own economic behavior.

    MOCELLIN-PELLEGRINI
    [= MOCELLIN = PELLEGRINI ===]
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2022
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    Ottonella Mocellin Nicola Pellegrini

    The space between us and the unknown
    2021
    Video still
    Photo credit Alberto Caffarelli/Daniela del Pomar

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MOCELLIN-PELLEGRINI
     
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    Biography
    Crime
    Displacement
    Empowerment
    Family
    Gift
    Hostility
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    Journey
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    Origin
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    Quiver
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    Sound
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    Us
    Voice
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    Zero
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    VALENTINA MEDDA
    [= VALENTINA = MEDDA =]

    Valentina Medda
    Healing interventions for domestic wounds
    Santarcangelo Festival_2019
    Variable dimensions
    acupuncture needles, house walls
    Courtesy and photo credit: Claudia Borgia

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    99 WORDS WITH VALENTINA MEDDA

    “All you do is highlight what’s already there,” you once told me.
    You hurt me – it sounded like an accusation.
    But in the end…isn’t that what really matters – highlighting the existing?
    Who am I to create? What needs to be created?

    [Healing intervention for domestic wound_intervention#1 | NY, 2015]

    BIANCO-VALENTE
    [=== BIANCO == VALENTE ===]
    NEWSLETTER APRIL 2022
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    Bianco-Valente
    Terra di me
    2018
    Fine art print
    Permanent collection Sicily Foundation, Palermo

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    99 WORDS WITH BIANCO-VALENTE

    Man, since the dawn of time, has felt the need to tie groups of stars together with imaginary lines, effectively invisible in the night sky. The artist’s work is based on these same principles: making the invisible visible, suggesting, evoking, bringing out the infra-thin network of connections that binds events, people and places together, in space and time. Continuing to ask the questions that seem to have no answer, continuing to search for the true meaning of existence, practicing the playground of philosophers and men of faith, constantly searching for new perspectives from which to observe the existing.

    ORNAGHI & PRESTINARI
    [=== ORNAGHI ==== PRESTINARI =]
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2022
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    Ornaghi & Prestinari
    Cristalleria
    2021
    Crystal sculpture photographed
    Courtesy Ornaghi & Prestinari  

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    99 WORDS WITH ORNAGHI & PRESTINARI

    Is it legitimate to extrapolate a sentence from a speech, untie a word from the others, a few moments from one’s whole life?

    New worlds in old worlds,
    new words in old words,
    new worlds in old words,
    new words in old worlds.

    It could be said that all life does is moving things. Even speaking implies moving the air with sound.

    IRENE FENARA
    [=== IRENE === FENARA =]

    Irene Fenara
    Supervision
    2022
    Inkjet print
    82×110 cm
    Courtesy the artist, UNA, Piacenza, ZERO…, Milan

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH IRENE FENARA

    It is said that the minimum height to notice the earth’s curvature is about 20 km from the height of the sea. In the stratosphere the eyes may water a little, and create halos, blurs and haze in the view, the colors become vivid and we wonder what a camera lens is telling us about the relationship between our planet and what we are looking at.

    GABRIELE DE SANTIS
    [=== GABRIELE = DE === SANTIS =]

    Gabriele De Santis
    Doppio Titolo: Linea d’aria; Sweet dream, 2021
    Digital collage
    Dimensions variable

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GABRIELE DE SANTIS

    I’ve been thinking for long to transport my artworks or even an entire exhibition using my bike. It would be certainly slow, but gentle with the environment and long the way I would have enough time to think or even make more artworks.
    If my bike had wings and it could fly as a parrot, I would need to pedal for just 6917 km from my studio to reach the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Artworks could fit in my handlebar basket, like Elliot and E.T. Dreaming is sweet.
    [Cartoline Faticose 04]

    ROBERTO PUGLIESE
    [=== ROBERTO === PUGLIESE ==]

    Roberto Pugliese
    Critici Ostinati Ritmici
    solenoids, circuits, microcontrollers, cables, sensors, internet connection
    2010
    Courtesy Studio la Città, Verona
    Photo credit: Michele Alberto Sereni

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH ROBERTO PUGLIESE

    Nature, a superior and mystical intelligence, is constantly mortified by one of its creations, the human being who, like a tumor, attacks his own organism. Just as nature allows man to exploit it, at the same time it has made sure that man, by evolving, endowed himself with a conscience and sensitivity, weapons that nature uses to defend itself. Sometimes human sensitivity translates into inspiration and leads to artistic production, which has the duty and the power to be a witness to society, a means of communication through which a common conscience can develop.

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