Brussels – Thursday, March 8, 2018
6 – 9 pm – Alice Cattaneo, Untitled, 2018, Murano glass and iron, 17 x 22 x 40 cm
MLF l Marie-Laure Fleisch is pleased to announce Italian artist Alice Cattaneo’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. Juxtaposing materials such as glass, concrete, and steel, Cattaneo emphasizes the rich relationship between materials, and the creative process which, for the artist, is the most important aspect of the work. There is no prior knowledge that one must have to understand these works, as the artist feels as though a critical discourse arises through the work itself, without needing to explicitly refer to it. It is brought about by the work’s materiality and physical presence, and there is thus no necessity for additional meanings to be constructed through theoretical writings.
With a practice rooted in site-specific sculpture and installation, Alice Cattaneo has started to create works which no longer rely on a given architectural context. However, the spatial relationships between the different parts of each sculpture are still extremely thought through. Cattaneo’s recent pieces also comprise new materials and techniques, such as the incorporation of blown glass elements and poured concrete, which involves artisans and specialists in her process. Often anchored to the wall, directly or by means of a shelf, the components of her sculptures are increasingly simplified, almost to the point of becoming simple lines and geometric forms. The essentialisation of these forms allows the artist to investigate notions of horizontality and verticality as the foundations of a sculptural practice. read more
Alice Cattaneo (1976, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Milan. Her solo exhibitions include: Alice Cattaneo, Michael Höpfner, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria (2017); Un qui puntiforme unitissimo, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy (2016); Contrapositive (with Fred Sandback), Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria (2012); Alice Cattaneo, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2011) and Alice Cattaneo, MADRE – Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy (2008). Her group exhibitions include: Solo Figli, curated by Sergia Avveduti and Irene Guzman, Padiglione de l’Esprit Nouveau, Bologna, Italy (2017); Tempo e Dettagli / Times and Details, Artisti/Artigiani/Carlo Scarpa, curated by C. Bertola and G. Blais, Aula Mario Baratto Universita’ Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy (2016); Premio Fondazione VAF (VII edizione), MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy/ Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2016); Ritratto dell’Artista da Giovane, curated by M. Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2014); The Unseen, The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, curated by J. Watkins, Guangdong Museum of Art, Republic of China (2012); Arte essenziale, a project of F. Ferrari, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy / Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Roaming. Heterotopias, curated by A. Castiglioni, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2010); Germany (2011) and Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, curated by F. Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2008).
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