FRAMMENTI: KORO IHARA – GIULIA SPERNAZZA
May 6 to July 29, 2023
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday by appointment
galleria d’arte FABER
via dei Banchi Vecchi 31, 00186 Roma
tel 06 68808624
Opening Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Curated by Cristian Porretta
On Saturday, May 6, FABER Art Gallery presents FRAMMENTI, a two-person exhibition dedicated to Koro Ihara and Giulia Spernazza.
The two artists, who share a profound relationship with material, are placed in an aesthetic-harmonic dialogue, which emphasizes their cultural and conceptual divergences, as well as highlighting their points of contact.
The space appears split in half, seeking a mirror comparison that accentuates their respective sensory and technical perspectives.
The works are essentially three-dimensional, sculptures and installations characterized by the contamination of materials: splinters, chromatic fragments that compose and decompose into emotional states.
Koro Ihara (Osaka 1988) exhibits her artworks from the MADE IN THE GROUND project: earth fertilized by earthworms, glazed with gold and fired to achieve an effect between ceramic and terracotta. The CYCLING series: animal droppings hot-worked with urushi. Her recent artworks in the DYEING cycle: cochineal and silkworm droppings on silk.
Koro Ihara’s artistic concept moves through biological investigation related to the life cycle; living and organic materials are sublimated through ancient sculptural techniques, using elements with a clear Japanese matrix. I look for traces and by-products of living organisms, combine them and work with traditional techniques to create sculptures. In the works of the DYEING series I visualize color as an act that seeps out of life by collecting mealybugs and silkworms, I go back to the origins of nature and color, becoming aware of the moment when color is born and then returned to the matter.
Giulia Spernazza (Rome 1979) presents an extract of her latest research, begun in 2020.
Sculptures and installations made working on the interaction with various materials: concrete, wax, siporex, used clothing. The artist investigates the concept of home, re-construction and intimacy, exploring the idea of space as an extension of us, declining the synthesis between external and internal environment, between container and content.
The material steeped in memories, past years and experiences evokes the everydayness present in every corner of the world, different microcosms united by the same gestures that are part of everyone’s existence. The common thread of the works is entrusted to the use of solid and soft fragments imbued with ties, memories, layered histories.
In creating, I ideally and concretely borrow elements that belong to those who live in the same space, individual identities and realities transcended through the immersion of each Pammento in white cement, a material that intends to place the works outside the narrative of specific events to project them into an absolute dimension.