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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
    GUCCI CHUNK
    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2021
    GUCCI CHUNK
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    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.

    MICHAEL FLIRI
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2021
    MICHAEL FLIRI

    Michael Fliri
    Stargazer (Self-portrait)
    2020
    Photography
    Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MICHAEL FLIRI

    – I quickly held out my hand to him: “Done! it’s a deal, you have my shadow for the purse.” He shook my hand, knelt down in front of me without delay, and I beheld him, with admirable dexterity, gently free my shadow, from the head down to the feet, from the grass, lift it up, roll it together, fold it, and finally tuck it into his pocket –

    The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl, Adelbert von Chamisso (1813)

    Let’s reverse this novel. The self-portrait is extracted from the pocket like a haptic sculpture, detaching a transparent surface from it and, with “alchemical” interventions, it reaches a gradual dematerialization to finally manifest itself as an ephemeral image of light/shadow.

    By analogical means “Stargazer (Self-portrait)” finds a speculative visual language that appears digital.

    LAURA PUGNO
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2021
    LAURA PUGNO

    Laura Pugno
    Dominante / Recessivo
    2018
    photographic printing, wood, glass and polyurethane
    44x32x19 cm
    Courtesy the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH LAURA PUGNO

    Our envelope, as I have called it, the cultural insulation that separates us from nature, is rather like (to use a figure that has haunted me from childhood) the window of a lit-up railway carriage at night. Most of the time it is a mirror of our own concerns, including our concern about nature. As a mirror, it fills us with the sense that the world is something which exists primarily in reference to us: it was created for us; we are the centre of it and the whole point of its existence. But occasionally the mirror turns into a real window, through which we can see only the vision of an indifferent nature that got along for untold aeons of time without us, seems to have produced us only by accident, and, if it were conscious, could only regret having done so. 

    [Northrop Frye, Creation and Recreation]

    JUNE CRESPO
    NEWSLETTER APRIL 2021
    JUNE CRESPO

    June Crespo
    e para lá que eu vou
    2020
    Bronze and ceramic coat, 2 parts
    cm.72x23x11, cm.71×23,5×9
    Installation dimensions variable
    Photo credit: Jesús Rodríguez
    Courtesy the artist and P420, Bologna

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH JUNE CRESPO

    “Para além da orelha existe um som, à extremidade do olhar um aspecto, às pontas dos dedos um objeto – é para lá que eu vou.
    À ponta do lápis o traço.
    Onde expira um pensamento está uma idéia, ao derradeiro hálito de alegria uma outra alegria, à ponta da espada a magia – é para lá que eu vou.
    Na ponta dos pés o salto.
    Parece a história de alguém que foi e não voltou – é para lá que eu vou.
    Ou não vou? Vou, sim. E volto para ver como estão as coisas. Se continuam mágicas. Realidade? eu vos espero. E para lá que eu vou.”

    [Fragment of “É para lá que eu vou” by Clarice Lispector]

    SHAFEI XIA
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021
    SHAFEI XIA

    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.

    GIAN MARIA TOSATTI
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021
    GIAN MARIA TOSATTI

    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]

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