SONO SOLO LUNE DI CARTA
- Alice Serafino
SONO SOLO LUNE DI CARTAAlice Serafino
Sono solo lune di carta
20 October – 20 November 2023
Vernissage: Friday 20 October from 6.00 pm
I am really excited to present Alice Serafino's solo show, fifty unique and original works, entitled Sono solo luna di carta . Ten years after her first exhibition, Little worlds in contact in 2013, Alice returns to tell her story, in our small gallery, with an artistic and intimate retrospective of the last four years, which proposes an unprecedented research in which cyanotype* mixes with collage and watercolor. When I went to her bright studio before the summer I saw so many tests, clippings, projects: before my eyes I had beautiful and different proposals from each other, yet I recognized Alice's immediate poetry in all of them. So from the Wunderkammer of this photogram artist, I have selected five paths.
QB to read both cubes and as much as necessary. Cubes like the colored watercolor backgrounds which, combined with the cutouts of hands, suggest different and possible states of mind to the viewer. Just enough as the ingredient which in the recipes does not require precise weights, leaving the person preparing them free to measure the quantity for a unique and personal taste each time.
Watercolor and collage also define the Prati series , made of long painted blades of grass into which cut-out figures enter with their tireless curiosity, their desire to discover secret gardens and become part of them. And then the Sandman section, a memory and representation of the sleeping man who in Nordic folklore brings happy dreams by sprinkling magical sand into the eyes of children who are about to fall asleep.
The reference to childhood is revealed in the tables of Out of the blue ("suddenly" in English) in which the protagonists are almost all children, favorite interpreters of Alice Serafino's art, who look at the world with the same immediate amazement. The title describes the wonder and dismay felt in the face of an unexpected event: these characters "emerge from the blue" of skies, splashes, puddles and galaxies in which to get lost. «Cyanotype» says Alice «is a simple and very versatile technique with which I have worked very often, designing in detail, with meticulous precision, entire series such as Naturalia, Lune e Bambù and Minuscule. The rigor that characterized my first years of working with cyanotype in the works of Out of the blue has been reduced, leaving room for the impulsiveness and immediacy of the gesture and sometimes even for chance. As in the pure feelings of joy and fun of children, the emotions cannot be contained, the runs in the meadows, the jumping in the puddles and the splashes of water and sand from playing in the waves do not leave even the white margins of the paper indifferent, who in fact remain imbued with it."
Iconic poses of movie stars, bare feet in mid-air, seductive tights and boyish knee-highs : finally here is the Lunatiche series, an ironic yet serious inventory of all the women a woman can be.
«These four years» says Alice speaking of her work «have been a real turning point for me. At the same time as the global events that have overturned collective existence and intimately disturbed individual lives, for personal reasons I went through a long period of alternation between activity and deep introspection. All this could only be reflected in my work. The evolution was physiological. Instead of continuing to catalog the world, my gaze turned inward. As if looking for that tiny spark that, despite everything, courageous and stubborn, continues to shine."
Alice Serafino is a friend and in my opinion an extraordinary artist. When I look at the child jumping in the puddle I see the child portrayed, but also myself as a child who was having fun in the same way. If you want to embrace the profound poetry of these works, you will be confronted with emotions that belong to all of humanity, and which you can interpret according to your very personal feelings.
* Cyanotype is an ancient photographic printing method that exploits the action of two iron salts which, mixed together and brushed on a surface, react to UV rays giving life to the photographic image with the typical Prussian Blue colour.
Biography and awards of Alice Serafino (Pinerolo, 1980)
Alice is a visual artist who works primarily with pre-existing materials (both natural and artificial). He loves old photographs and objects which often become the raw material for his works.
The techniques he mainly uses are cyanotype, photogram, engraving and collage.
After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, she continued to deepen her research in the fields of photography, illustration and graphics.
In recent years he has exhibited his works both in Italy (Turin, Genoa, Rome, Cagliari, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Trieste) and abroad (Istanbul, Prague, London, Budapest).
He has won numerous awards and recognitions. In 2018 in February the NICE Paratissima Bologna Award and in November the Art Gallery Paratissima Turin Award. In October 2019 the Be Art Builder Award at the fourth edition of the LYNX International Contemporary Art Award. In February 2021 she was selected among the finalists of the Arte Laguna Prize and her works were exhibited in the spaces of the Arsenale Nord in Venice in October 2021 together with the other finalist works.
The Elena Salamon Arte Moderna has hosted three other solo exhibitions by Alice: the aforementioned Little worlds in contact in 2013, Darkness, light and wonders in 2016 and With the head in the clouds in 2019.
He lives and works in Pinerolo.