Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, detail 2. The ceramic bullets are signed by soldiers, veterans, and/or their families from different wars throughout history: WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Islas Malvinas War, etc.
Liliana Folta: Oíd el Ruido de Rotas Cadenas (Hear the Sounds of Broken Chains), 2010, Installation for the 1st Biennial of the Americas, unglazed ceramic chains, cotton canvas chains, wood, mirror, iron, high temp wire, 13ft. x 56in Diam.
Liliana Folta: Inhale-Exhale-Explode, 2009/10, ceramic installation, oxides, glazes, wood, high temp wire, 14x12x4in (each)
Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, detail, 2009
Galerie Besson, Retrospective of a lifelong passion / Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
March 22 - May 21, 2012
After the closure of the historic London gallery, Officine Saffi presents an exclusive anthology of the collection in a group show from March 22 to May 21, 2012. This exhibition is a tribute by Officine Saffi to Anita Besson, her inspiration and work, in the form of a retrospective exhibition of her collection.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to see art ceramic works by some important and influential international artists: Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Claudi Casanovas and Jennifer Lee, alongside pieces by three Italian artists, Lucio Fontana, Nanni Valentini and Carlo Zauli.
Galerie Besson was founded in London in 1988, and it rapidly became an international point of reference for the greatest ceramic artists, hosting over 150 exhibitions featuring artists from all over the world.
Officine Saffi is an exhibition space in central Milan, very close to Santa Maria delle Grazie and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The gallery is dedicated to all aspects of ceramics. As well as the exhibition space, there is a workshop complete with kilns, wheels and all other equipment needed for ceramics, including high-temperature processes. The ceramics magazine La ceramica in Italia e nel mondo, the only publication of this type in Italy, also has its editorial office at the location.
Anita Besson will be present at Officine Saffi for the opening, which will be held on Thursday, 22 March 2012 at 6.00 pm (Entrance by invitation only).
Andrew Barton: Final Frontier / SODA, Istanbul, Turkey
March 1 - April 14, 2012
SODA is pleased to announce “Final Frontier”, the first solo show of internationally renowned sculptor Andrew Barton. The exhibit consists of space helmets from three major religions. The expanse of religion to our final frontier, space. Expressing a dystopian future of possible religious conflict in the heavens.
Andrew Barton was born in 1970 London, England. MFA from The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO).
Male fertility, non-loving sex, violence and cannibalism were reoccurring themes in Barton`s work from the end of the 90`s. Barton`s work then took a new direction focusing on the torso or body fragment in combination with a foreign object or abstract shape, dealing with bodily transformations and meditative states of being. His current work deals with industrial products from dystopian futures; space helmets designed for religious expansion in space, and bomb suits tailored for the mundane acts of shopping and child`s play in a future society gone bad.
SODA is a contemporary art and design space founded in Istanbul in January 2010. SODA focuses on artists and designers using different materials and medias from various disciplines and supports contemporary art jewellery, which is a globally rising trend. SODA presents artists and designers distinctive in their field and examples of contemporary movements to audiences that are open to innovation and aims to introduce a new perspective to collectors.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday between 11am and 7pm.
Annie Woodford: Piercing Rim, 2007, Porcelain, copper, stainless steel, 28x18x16 cm.
Annie Woodford: Piercing Rim, detail, 2007
Annie Woodford: Splinter 2, 2010, Porcelain, copper, stainless steel, 30x25x30 cm.
Annie Woodford: Encapsulator, alternative view, 2009
Annie Woodford: Slice, 2010, Porcelain nylon monofilament, 16x12x20cm.