30 July - 15 September, 2010

East Side The Journey – Angelo Bellobono

Solo Exhibition at Biasa Artspace Bali

Friday, July 30, 2010 from 6 pm at BIASA ArtSpace of Seminyak-Bali, will be presented the first solo show of the Italian artist Angelo Bellobono in Asia.

He has always placed humanity and the territory at the centre of his artistic research, stressing the difficult relations of belonging and identity, understood not simply in the socio-cultural sense but also in a biological sense. The mechanisms by which biochemistry translates into behaviours and emotions is the thread running through all his paintings, videos and performances, taking the emphasis away from the presumed spirituality animating human existence.

His portraits thus convey a sense of dramatic irony, lost in a blinding whiteness or in a dark sea of crude oil, at once liquid and solid, conceptually unstable and temporary, dependent on their chemical sense of biological precariousness. They reveal the constant efforts made to seek out an identity and a place in which to belong, a constant freezing and unfreezing of hidden or denied existences and of an ideal well-being. Bellobono gives form and consistency to a sampler of emotions experienced by all human beings; in his most recent works, which also probe the drive to immigrate, this investigation once again combines painting with performance and video art.

Indonesia, located at south of China and east of India is the heart of Southeast Asia, a crossroads of new economies. Eastside The Journey the exhibit at the Biasa Art Space, is a raw and direct analysis, necessary to create a gap in an apparently logical system passively accepted. Once again the author invites  not to give up and  force us to face the ambiguity of our “being human and biologically unresolved”.

The artist, who continues to use different media, including painting, drawing, animation and performance, continues its journey of contemporary anthropologists in recent years has led him to carry out projects with a strong social impact. So antagonistic cultures reveal their glamorous  and ephemeral side or migrants reveal the effort to reposition their lives or armies of  plasticine face off across icebergs decaying obstinate to defend ephemeral borders. Part of  this previous projects  together with the new works conceived in Indonesia, will feature at the BIASA ArtSpace untill September 15.

Venue:
Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 34
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
June 8th, at 6 pm

About The Exhibition
From the very beginning of his career, Angelo Bellobono has always placed humanity and the territory at the centre of his artistic research, stressing the difficult relations of belonging and identity, understood not simply in the socio-cultural sense but also in a biological sense. The mechanisms by which biochemistry translates into behaviours and emotions is the thread running through all his paintings, videos and performances, taking the emphasis away from the presumed spirituality animating human existence.

His portraits thus convey a sense of dramatic irony, lost in a blinding whiteness or in a dark sea of crude oil, at once liquid and solid, conceptually unstable and temporary, dependent on their chemical sense of biological precariousness. They reveal the constant efforts made to seek out an identity and a place in which to belong, a constant freezing and unfreezing of hidden or denied existences and of an ideal well-being. Bellobono gives form and consistency to a sampler of emotions experienced by all human beings; in his most recent works, which also probe the drive to immigrate, this investigation once again combines painting with performance and video art.

His major exhibitions include: in 1995 “Meeting in America” at the Galleria Spagnolo in San Diego (CA), followed by “Aria Compressa” a Casa Pratesi in Rome; “Futuro Italiano” at the European Parliament curated by Lorenzo Canova; “Arterritory” curated by Gianluca Marziani and Dominique Lora at Rome’s Centrale Museo Montemartini, “TEC” at the Scuderie Aldobrandini in Frascati curated by Alessio Verzenassi. In 2003 he held “Extrasistole e Pacemaker” curated by Raffaele Gavarro at Livorno’s DagArtGallery, “Body Life Program” and “Recruitment”, both curated by Lorenzo Canova, in Bari and at the Galleria Altri Lavori in Corso in Rome. In 2005, he was awarded the “Premio Celeste” for painting, participated in the “Pasolini e Roma” exhibition at the Museo di Roma and was invited by Gianluca Marziani to exhibit at “Eterno Presente Primordiale” at Bologna’s Galleria Art Sinergy. In 2006 he held the exhibition “Temporary Civilization” at Sole Arte Contemporanea, curated by Francesca Franco. In 2007 he was invited to participate in the travelling exhibition “On the Edge of Vision” at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata and in the New Delhi and Mumbai Museums of Modern Art and in the “Ficci Frame Festival” held at the Renaissance Hotel in New Delhi, both curated by Lorenzo Canova.

In 2008 he was invited to participate in the “Rome Quadriennale” at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni and in “Experimenta” at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry; he presented the “Chist’è o’paese d’o’ sole” project at Rome’s Fondazione Volume, curated by Alessandro Facente, and participated in the collective exhibition “Young Blood” at New York’s OperaGallery. In 2009 he has partecipated with an installation at the event “Gustovagando” at Rome’s Macro Future and at the exhibition “I_D Intersecting identities” at the Halles de Saint Gery Museum in Bruxelles. In june 2009 has his first solo show at the Envoy Gallery in New York titled “Lower east life” and in october has his solo show “Lowlife wellbeing center” at the Changing Role Gallery in Naples; in december he was invited at the Wunderkammern in the show “Titled Untitled”. In 2010 he was included in the group show “Impresa Pittura” at the Center of Contemporary Art in Genazzano (Rome) and “Under italian eyes” at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo (Egypt)

THIS EXHIBITION IS OPEN TO VISITORS FROM
30th July to 15th September, 2010

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