Andrea Bianconi and Barbara Davis have worked together for fourteen of the seventeen years he has been exhibiting.
His most recent performance Il sogno canta su una corda sola [The Dream Sings on a Single Wire] created “grapevines” by connecting women using a “corded phone” to pass a poem along the along a symbolic route on the Canals of Milan. In honor of both World Poetry Day and the birthday of Alda Merini (a favorite poet of the artist), the project inaugurated the Casa delle Arti – Spazio Alda Merini [House of Arts – Alda Merini Space] at the invitation of Cetec, and with the artistic collaboration of Donatella Massimilla. In collaborating with Casa Testori, the project also paid homage to another poet important to the Milanese, Giovanni Testori.
Twenty one women took turns reciting the titles of ninty Alda Merini poems. The artist chose these titles because, when strung together, created a poem of their own. This free, “on the road” performance was by and for women in the performing arts, ex-detainees and citizens alike.
“Women who restore voice and memory, not only to the Poet, but to all who have been loved, lost and never forgotten, voices that help these women to rediscover themselves. Nostalgia and desire, lines of poetry appear as seeds of rebirth now as never before, when we are so strongly missing theatre, art, culture and beauty”, declares Donatella Massimilla.
“The dream sings on a single wire”
I am a furious little bee
my poetry is eager as fire
A harmony sounds in my veins
I tried to cry with my hands
Those like me
I open my cigarette
You could at least call me
I don’t want to forget love
Yesterday evening it was love
You were the truth, my border
I came to you with the veil of my flesh
I offered you my body
O poetry, don’t come to blows with me
I used to be a bird
When the sky kissed the earth
If you don’t come here
The patient goats nibble the grass
Desire for love
The song of the bridegroom
I advise all young people
I wish I hadn’t hoped in you
Thus gentle Proserpine
I was born on the 21st in springtime
On the slender, rich grains
And always weeps at night
Perhaps it is her prayer
LA VITA DELLE NUVOLE
THE LIFE OF CLOUDS
Traveling with imagination, thanks to the power of art
by Andrea and Ancilla Bianconi
"Anci - I call my daughter like that - where are we going today?"
She replies ... "I want to travel around the world".
"Where do we start" I ask.
“From Vicenza - she replies - from the slide of the playground and then we go to find the sun with all the clouds.
And then we go to greet all the inhabitants of the clouds ".
We worked three days, drawing, cutting, building clouds and I discovered that a cloud can be a lake for a goose and also for a sheep.
We will continue this journey to discover other worlds to meet the sun.
Andrea Bianconi with fantasy travels with his daughter, the little Ancilla, and together they fly over the world on the clouds. In these days of stay at home, to respect the Coronavirus containment measures, the artist's creativity infects the daughter's imagination and, together, they create great works of art inspired by the current condition. You cannot move, you must stay at home, but your mind cannot, you can travel and with it the creativity that goes beyond every limit, every barrier, every border. Not airplanes, but soft clouds, on which to travel in a fantastic world tour. It is the power of art that wins even in these difficult days and that becomes a factor of contagious positivity. Andrea Bianconi's idea will be relaunched by Casa Testori, also inviting other artists to work with their children to give everyone their freshness and spontaneity.
Danny Rolph's work to be included in group exhibition "Vision X" at The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
Gallurese, acrylic on canvas, 2018, 102x76cms
This exhibition, entitled Vision X, aims to bring together previously unseen works by new emerging Irish artists Aileen Murphy, Glenn Fitzgerald, Eleanor McCaughey and Brian Harte among others with more established international artists Thomas Noskowski, Joyce Pensato, Danny Rolph and Norbert Schwontkowski. The exhibition focuses on work that teeters on the edge of perception, dreamlike, sometimes awkward abstraction and subversive figuration that take the way we see apart and question our place in the world.
Vision X at RHA
About the Royal Hibernian Academy
About Danny Rolph
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