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    VAI AL PROGETTO

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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

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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
    SHAFEI XIA
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021
    SHAFEI XIA
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    Shafei Xia
    Profumo concerto
    2020

    watercolor on sandal paper mounted on canvas
    cm 110×112 
    Courtesy the artist and P420, Bologna
    Photo credit: Carlo Favero 

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH SHAFEI XIA

    The great director Federico Fellini defined himself as a clown, he used to say that films were his circus. And life is Shafei’s circus.

    Sometimes I’m a clown who brings joy to people. Sometimes I’m the tiger who has been tamed and has to jump through the ring of fire. Sometimes I’m the master of violence. I want to control everything.

    My approach to life is a game and, as such, also the circus embodies this face: it makes others smile while preserving a universe of emotions and oppositions.

    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021 | GIAN MARIA TOSATTI
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021 | GIAN MARIA TOSATTI

    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021



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    Gian Maria Tosatti
    7_Terra dell’ultimo cielo
    2016
    Ambient installation, site specific
    Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma Milano / Napoli

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GIAN MARIA TOSATTI

    I found by chance this old photograph taken on the days when I had completed my three-year effort for the “Sette Stagioni dello Spirito” project. And it recurs what always happens to me when I look back, review images or reread texts linked to works from the past. I think: «Is it possible that I already then knew so well what I am still looking for today?». Actually, this question measures a distance. The distance between the artist and the artwork. The work knows, understands. The work is a hundred times greater than the artist who discovers it and then, at times, forgets it.

    REGINA JOSE GALINDO
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2021
    REGINA JOSE GALINDO

    Regina José Galindo
    Die Feier
    2019

    Fotograma de vídeo
    11:33 min.
    Encargado y producido por Vienna ArtWeek 2019
    Cortesía del artista y Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 PALABRAS CON REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO

    A quienes multiplican las verduras y
    preparan comida para otros que también se multiplican
    a quienes conversan con los grillos en noches de insomnio
    y les cuentan sus miedos
    a quienes viven un amor rosa en medio de tanta negrura
    a quienes siguen bailando
    a quienes cantan por las mañanas debajo de las caretas
    a quienes siempre quisimos morir
    y en medio de la pandemia nos dimos cuenta que morir no vale la pena
    a quienes esperan que su padre recupere el habla y la vida
    para volver a escuchar de su voz, su nombre
    a quienes en la distancia lloraron con nosotros sin pudor
    a quienes ya no pueden llorar
    a quienes se han quedado incompletos
    a quienes no pueden abrazar en los entierros
    a quienes acompañan mentes que perdieron el juicio
    a quienes escriben poesía cuando la ansiedad se inscribe en sus tripas
    a quienes dejaron de contar las horas
    a quienes juegan en el encierro
    a quienes barren sus casas todos los días como quien espera una visita
    a quienes les ha crecido tanto los pelos de las axilas que se los trenzan
    a quienes siguen usando vestidos en la soledad
    a quienes cocinan cien tiempos diariamente para alimentar polluelos
    a quienes cosechan sus lechugas
    a quienes riegan el diente de león que crece en sus banquetas
    a quienes hacen pasteles y malabares como acto de rebeldía
    a quienes aún se rebelan
    a quienes no olvidaron la libertad
    a quienes pensamos sobrevivir
    a quienes nos sueñan sonriendo.

    [Sin título, 2020]

    MARIANNA SIMNETT
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2020
    MARIANNA SIMNETT

    Marianna Simnett
    Hyena and Swan in the Midst of Sexual Congress
    2019

    Silk, velvet, wool, pewter, glass, steel, toy stuffing and polystyrene
    230 × 150 × 230 cm
    Installation view
    Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ
    Photo credit: Tim Bowditch

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MARIANNA SIMNETT

    cloaca
    clack clack
    lackaday
    clever clit
    pseudo-dick
    androgens
    estrogens
    and her
    great bust
    thrusting
    and her
    velvet coat
    shimmering
    and her
    silver teeth
    glistening
    psycho screams
    passed
    between
    two queens

    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.

    ALICE TIPPIT
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020
    ALICE TIPPIT

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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