FACE TO FACE: Fosca & Astolfo Funes
Project Room VI Edition
Curated by Dores Sacquegna
Double solo show on 3D for FOSCA, Italian artist and ASTOLFO FUNES, artist Latin American players in the Face-to-face curated by Dores Sacquegna and produced by Primo Piano LivinGallery in the PROJECT ROOM’s platform; an exhibition held exclusively online in real time 24 / 24h until the end of the event. FUNES & FOSCA, two artists of reference of PPLG, presented in previous years with solo and group exhibitions in galleries and outdoor. They are profoundly different for techniques and concepts expressive, but yet there is something that binds them: the search for identity, the predisposition to fragment, the aspects related to women, the alchemy of colors, the variety, the body and sexuality.
Fosca (Marcella Fusco) is a pseudonym created by artist in conjunction with the creative cycle of ANGELS, as a time of rebirth. In the etymological sense, Fosca comes from Fuscus-Dark, which represents her primordial character, deep and creative. She worked for many year with traditional materials linked to painting, but from 2000the artist has come to a summary exposition and exploration of technological means, setting up a rich set of materials and experiments. In this show online, we have four different cycles of artworks (from 2000 to 2013) that mix elements of traditional painting with digital transitions: from paper to canvas, from painting to gold leaf, from the scanner to the plotter, from digital processing to three-dimensionality offered by plexiglass and masonite; the result is really amazing, because it reveals her contemporary creativity.She is fascinated by the contents with universal roots (the 4 elements, the fusion of opposites, the beginning and the end, the mythology and alchemy) and she has a production linked to the archetypes and the color here are revealed in all their essence: Angels, Pelle, Pasiphae and culminating with MAGIC FRAGMENTA, a magnificent installation consisting of 49 fragments-puzzle, an ocher-colored tableau, in which we see a light in the lap of Pasiphae, the light of creation a goddess-woman and the minotaur. Body-cosmic, body-erotic, body-digital. Human existence and divine.
The production by Astolfo Funes, are purely pictorial works (the artist has also created large installations on PVC), with medium and large properties dating back to the most interesting part of his artistic career from 2008 to today. Tableau by strong and hot colors in which white color is the protagonist. The conceptual research by Funes, is linked to femininity but not limited to her: the attention to gesture, the mood, the occasion, become the leitmotif of his personal interpretation of beauty, pleasure and sin, between reality and artifice.The artist makes us act the cliché of femininity, built on the criteria of glamor and fashion with a personal expressive language, addressing directly the central themes of contemporary culture, the identity, the variety, the body and sexuality, mixing glamor to the history of painting, staging the ritual of human being. The pictorial intervention sometimes spatula, sometimes imprinted with your hands, denoting a sunny personality and sensitive to women’s issues. The drama expressed in some works, becomes a stage for a drama without event, the almost sculptural plasticity of the bodies etched plays and alternates to the empty space that surrounds them, in a game of full and empty, of body and soul, of apparently static and irrepressible physicality.
FOSCA (MARCELLA FUSCO) was born in Naples in 1968, she lives and works between Naples and Milan in Italy. She worked as a graphic creative, illustrator and interior design for private companies such as Mackross Studio ltd., Dellaluna, Duerrbros, Grephic studio, and numerous book illustrations. She start to take part in exhibitions since 1987, participating in numerous events in Italy and abroad. Her works are in private and public collections including the Pinacotecque Museum Island of Samothrace, Greece.
ASTOLFO FUNES was born in 1973 in Maracay, Venezuela, he lives in Miami in the USA. Funes’s painting represents femininity and his artistic influences come from literature and from artists such as Willem de Kooning (usa), Oswaldo Vigas (venezuela), but also post-war german art for the strength and dynamism. Present in many auction houses, his works are in private and public collections including: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Maracay, Venezuela; Solar East Hampton, New York; American Art Promotion, Paris; Fundacion Nelson Sanchez Chapellin.