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    The Blank Conversation is a project dedicated to under 35 artists and it has been developed in two years, in 2014 and 2015, respectively dedicated to Italian and foreign artists.
    For this project, the artists will spend a short time in Bergamo, as guests at The Blank Residence. During their stay, the artists are able to know the most important cultural realities of Bergamo and they can interface with The Blank staff.
    Their residence is recorded with photographies and the whole collected material is then published in a small bilingual publication, that testimony the experience and the research of the involved artists.

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    The Blank Hospitality offers to all art lovers, creative and cultural workers the opportunity to experience a very special staying in Bergamo thanks to a hospitality service offered by residence The Blank. The Residence is located in Via Quarenghi 50, two minutes far from the train station and the central Via XX Settembre.

    The Blank is a Cultural Association made up of people involved in contemporary art and, on request, it is able to offer operators, curators and artists in order to discover the city as never before. A skilled team will plan the best itinerary in line with cultural interests of each person.

    The Blank Hospitality is part of Art in Network, in partnership with the association That’s Contemporary, developed within the project fUNDER35 of Fondazione Cariplo.

    For information
    info@theblankresidency.it

     

    WHAT'S ON
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020 | ALICE TIPPIT
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020 | ALICE TIPPIT

    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020

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    Alice Tippit
    Dress
    2019
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 22 inches
    Photo credit: Evan Jenkins

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH ALICE TIPPIT

    I often think about the physicality of a painting as akin to that of a seashell. Both are composed of layers of thin liquid that hardens with time. Consider the Xenophoridae, a class of sea snail that attaches objects, mostly other shells, to its own at regular intervals. The effect is not unlike a crown, with spikes that are unappealing to predators. Paintings have no such need to deter. Instead they extend an invitation, though what you’ll get out of it depends on what you bring with you. The attachments are of our own making.

    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020 | SARAH FAUX
    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020 | SARAH FAUX

    Sarah Faux
    Sleeping Arrangements
    2019
    Oil on canvas
    80 x 70 inches
    Courtesy of the artist and M+B
    Photo credit: Brad Farwell

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH SARAH FAUX

    How to avoid painting a face:

    Paint the head turned away.
    Just paint a different body part.
    Cut the body off at the shoulders.
    Cut it off at the legs too, make it seem more natural, so it’s not just the head missing.

    A torso can be a face.
    A face can be a landscape.
    Throw an arm over that face.
    Draw a cartoon face where the face should be.
    Only paint shadows.
    Leave it blank.

    NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2020 | GIOVANNI KRONENBERG
    NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2020 | GIOVANNI KRONENBERG

    Giovanni Kronenberg
    Untitled
    2019
    Starfish, 22 k gold leaf
    Courtesy the artist, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan and Z2o Sara Zanin gallery, Rome
    Photo credits: Cosimo Filippini

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GIOVANNI KRONENBERG

    The problem is preventing art from becoming a promotion for anything other than its own surprising existence. The problem is to keep it indigestible as long as possible, to delay its use as a critical formulation. The problem is to leave art alone, to slow down its transmutation into rhetoric. Art aimed to break categories bus it finds itself establishing new ones quickly. Art is transformed into argumentation. It gets tamed, it loses its potential for disorientation; it reprojects us towards certainty, it reinforces certainty.

    VIOLET DENNISON
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2020
    VIOLET DENNISON

    Violet Dennison
    Chapter Four: Disappointment
    2019
    Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg
    Courtesy of Kunstverein Freiburg and the artist
    Photo credit: Marc Doradzillo

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VIOLET DENNISON

    The sculpture “Disappointment Epilogue” (2019) is an open vessel. Its knotted structure has been created by translating my memoir into a binary code. The sculpture functions as both a cipher and the actualization of the artist. It is a liberated notion of body where the copy exists as aura.

    Beyond the sculpture is the work “Divination 2” (2019). This piece transmits encrypted audio, via data-over-sound technology, through a network of iPhone Loudspeakers. The content of the audio is a divination of the artist life by a spiritual medium.

    NEWSLETTER JULY 2020 | VIOLET DENNISON
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2020 | VIOLET DENNISON
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    Violet Dennison
    Chapter Four: Disappointment
    2019
    Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg
    Courtesy of Kunstverein Freiburg and the artist
    Photo credit: Marc Doradzillo

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VIOLET DENNISON

    The sculpture “Disappointment Epilogue” (2019) is an open vessel. Its knotted structure has been created by translating my memoir into a binary code. The sculpture functions as both a cipher and the actualization of the artist. It is a liberated notion of body where the copy exists as aura.

    Beyond the sculpture is the work “Divination 2” (2019). This piece transmits encrypted audio, via data-over-sound technology, through a network of iPhone Loudspeakers. The content of the audio is a divination of the artist life by a spiritual medium.

    NOEL MCKENNA
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2020
    NOEL MCKENNA
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    Noel McKenna
    Road by Sea
    2019
    Oil on plywood
    42 x 44 cm
    Courtesy the artist and
    mother’s tankstation Dublin | London

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH NOEL MCKENNA

    The painting is about where the land meets the sea which as a location lends itself to drama but not always. In Road by Sea the sea is flat, road is empty. I enjoy looking at the sea, but do not enjoy being in or on it that much.
    The painting went through many stages, alterations, a sail boat was once on the horizon, a directional sign on the road and a bicycle rider once on the road.

    VEIT LAURENT KURZ
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2020
    VEIT LAURENT KURZ

    Chernobyl “Lava” – stream called “Elephant Foot”
    1990
    Source: Khlopin Radium Institute

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VEIT LAURENT KURZ

    Ghosts

    The ghosts I see are of a different Nature.

    Its not the imprint of a passed away spirit

    Of human or animal

    Its the gathering of particles

    into Invisible shapes and bodies.

    Those bodies find life through my thoughts

    They come of a sudden

    and leave when they decide.

    I am told they are inventions

    But they are logic

    Universal logic.

    I feel their traces, existents of various kind.

    I communicate through my fear,

    And Protect myself through repetition.

    At the beginning the ghosts were nostalgic

    until they morphed into nature

    Turned into milk, mushroom or dairy

    they abandoned those

    and turned into universal matter

    molecules of each kind

    New ghosts were created

    and met with fear

    MAYA ZACK
    NEWSLETTER APRIL 2020
    MAYA ZACK

    Maya Zack
    Black and White Rule
    HD video, 17:45 min
    2011
    Courtesy the artist and
    Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Brussels

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MAYA ZACK

    The video Black and White Rule by Artist Maya Zack is the 2nd part of her Memory-Trilogy. It deals with the human attempt to impose order and form onto reality through training and discipline procedures.
    On an oversized chess-board two poodle dogs submit to the orders of their trainer while through the use of a Camera-Obscura their actions are being monitored and registered by a clerk in her office located alongside the chess-board. At a certain moment the orderly routine is disrupted…
    Black and White Rule is a visual experience and a homage to the art of drawing.

    DAFNA MAIMON
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020
    DAFNA MAIMON

    Dafna Maimon
    Video still and dialogue from “Indigestibles: And Then There’s Today / Can Us Hear Us”
    4K Video and immersive installation
    2020
    Courtesy of the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH DAFNA MAIMON

    The protagonist is watching a nonstop report on the death of the last orangutan. She is also upset about having had to get up twice from the couch to answer the phone, both times to her mother calling by accident. Her fridge is stocked full with processed meats that she devours all day with no pause, while her intestines send up S.O.S. burps containing the following urgent messages:

    us don’t understand us? do us understand us?
    can us hear us?
    uh, us.. let us tell us.. that, us like us..
    hello? hi. hi?
    can us stop us?

    MARCELLO MALOBERTI
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020
    MARCELLO MALOBERTI
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    Marcello Maloberti
    SE PERDO ME TROVO TE /
    IF I LOSE ME I FIND YOU
    Martellate, 2020
    courtesy the Artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MARCELLO MALOBERTI

    MY WORK COMES FROM A SCARE

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