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    VAI AL PROGETTO

    Curated by Claudia Santeroni



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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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    VAI AL PROGETTO

    In partnership with

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    With the contribution of

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    In the context of the project

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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
    VALENTINA MEDDA
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2022
    VALENTINA MEDDA
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    Valentina Medda
    Healing interventions for domestic wounds
    Santarcangelo Festival_2019
    Variable dimensions
    acupuncture needles, house walls
    Courtesy and photo credit: Claudia Borgia

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    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
    NEWSLETTER APRIL 2022
    BIANCO-VALENTE
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    Bianco-Valente
    Terra di me
    2018
    Fine art print
    Permanent collection Sicily Foundation, Palermo

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    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
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2022
    ORNAGHI & PRESTINARI
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    Ornaghi & Prestinari
    Cristalleria
    2021
    Crystal sculpture photographed
    Courtesy Ornaghi & Prestinari  

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    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
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2022
    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
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2022
    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
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2021
    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.

    GUCCI CHUNK
    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2021
    GUCCI CHUNK

    Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk
    AN(A)KARA
    2021
    Photo credit: Ethan Folk
    Courtesy the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GUCCI CHUNK

    The creation of visual images of the East
    belongs to the imagination of
    the Western mind.

    A legal bullet
    A dead body

    Welcome
    We provide
    Personalized
    Selective
    Westernization
    Are you tired of being ashamed of your traditional identity?
    Did you have trouble voicing that you’re actually Muslim?
    Are you afraid that Islam will take over your democracy?
    Do you have fear of degeneration as a result of too much Westernization?
    We’re here to guide you
    The A List Health Hack
    Look & feel your best
    From a Sick Man to
    The New Man

    He is so handsome, right?

    Applause!

    JESSICA STOCKHOLDER
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2021
    JESSICA STOCKHOLDER

    Jessica Stockholder
    The studio August 2021
    Photo credit: Jessica Stockholder
    Courtesy the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH JESSICA STOCKHOLDER

    Privacy
    Me & You
    You and Me
    And Vitamin D
    The sun also rises
    Birds flying out to sea
    The furnace sound cries
    Softly pushing into Sunday
    Headlines floating on devices
    Settled softly down between us
    Foods & drink move slowly through
    Bodies who are hosting winding tube
    As on appliance, time blinks by, on stove
    Blood takes its walk-through veins in house
    While on the couch the bodies hold whose gaze
    One instant after instant & the next out the window
    BENEDIKT HIPP
    NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2021
    BENEDIKT HIPP

    Benedikt Hipp
    Feste Eigenschaften elastischer Körper
    2021
    diptych, oil on MDF
    176 x 270 cm each
    Courtesy the artist and Monitor Roma, Lisbona, Pereto

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH BENEDIKT HIPP

    In the last year in Rome as a scholarship holder at Villa Massimo, I continued my experimentation in the pictorial and sculptural field, investigating primordial figures and parts of bodies, places of transformation and transition. The body is a recurring theme in my work. I move between painting, sculpture and objects – between fiction and material. Sometimes this interaction seems to be analogous to the daily conflict between our ideas, our flesh and our bones. This conflict is where we live. Regardless of our origins or where we are on this planet, we all share that eternal in-between field.

    GRAHAM HUDSON
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2021
    GRAHAM HUDSON

    Graham Hudson
    Athleisure Antiquity (Fountain)
    2020
    940 cm x 980 cm x 350 cm
    Scaffold, exercise balls, hose pipe, water, steel pool and polypropylene figures; Discobolus, David, Nike and Venus

    Commissioned by Wavelength, Shanghai
    Courtesy, Monitor Rome, Lisbon, Pereto

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GRAHAM HUDSON

    Do you desire to build a beautiful body? In 1882, circus performer, Friedriech Wilhem Müller toured Italy, inspired by sculptures like Michelangelo’s David’, he would re-mould his body in their image. He re-named himself Eugen Sandow, becoming the world’s first body builder and a symbol of Modernism. He’s in Duchamp’s ‘Large Glass’ and Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’. Schwarzenegger calls Sandow ‘My Hero’, he inspired NASA’s Aerobics and modern Yoga. But the Roman sculptures were copies of lost Greek works, which were more maths algorithm than physical study. Today we chase this tale of classicism, modernism and facsimile to dream the unattainable.

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