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Edoardo Tresoldi: Bringing Cathedral Sized Sculptures “Back To Nature” in Rome

Edoardo Tresoldi: Bringing Cathedral Sized Sculptures “Back To Nature” in Rome

Stately, soaring, and ethereal projects can’t simply be neatly tucked away in your garage after they are exhibited.

Edoardo Tresoldi. “Ethera” For Back To Nature exhibition. Rome, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

That is especially true when the work is at the typical scale of Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi, whose massive mesh sculptures wowed the privileged guests at Coachella a couple of years ago in Indio, California. Those Neoclassical and Baroque architectural ghosts transported the imaginations of attendees there, but now they physically have been transported to Rome. Given a second life in Parco dei Daini, Villa Borghese, the show will run this autumn until mid-December.

Edoardo Tresoldi. “Ethera” For Back To Nature exhibition. Rome, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

Calling the installation Etherea, Tresoldi has entered it into participation for “Back to Nature”, a new exhibition project curated by Costantino d’Orazio. The artist says the works have been redesigned and rearranged for the occasion and are meant to be part of a dialogue with the trees of Villa Borghese. It’s good to see these works in a new context and finding they have a similar character, still triumphant but more subdued perhaps.

Edoardo Tresoldi. “Ethera” For Back To Nature exhibition. Rome, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Edoardo Tresoldi. “Ethera” For Back To Nature exhibition. Rome, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Edoardo Tresoldi. “Ethera” For Back To Nature exhibition. Rome, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

BACK TO NATURE
Parco dei Daini, Villa Borghese, Rome
Promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
Until December 13, 2020
Free entry

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5 Installations in a Clearing: Land Art from Alberonero in Central Italy

5 Installations in a Clearing: Land Art from Alberonero in Central Italy

Land art can be so satisfying sometimes because you merely need nature to be your willing collaborator and your idea can take flight. It’s the sensation of serendipity when you first made a cape for yourself merely by wrapping your blanket over your shoulders. One minute ago it was a blanket. Suddenly, you may fly. That’s how I discovered that I was actually Batman.

Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

The Italian land artist Alberonero says that he discovered this project October 2nd only by totally immersing himself in his environment here in Central Italy’s Vallo di Nera area. He says he is interpreting the natural elements also as moments – necessarily so because the world is in constant motion, despite the static state in which we may imagine it to be.

Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

The temporary environmental installation that he conceives of here is called Monte Immagine, and he says that it “consists of five installations within a single clearing made up of natural materials found in the local woods – such as tree trunks and branches – resins and colored fabrics that interpenetrate with the physical and atmospheric elements of the surrounding landscape. All the works use trees as pillars: raw materials that, in each installation, experience the site through different suggestions.”

Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)

With this spirit of interaction, with this willingness of your observatory powers, everything becomes an actor, and something that can be acted upon. With the participation of clouds, of breezes, one is more aware of fragility.

He speaks of the natural actors as “apparitions that temporarily inhabit the area before their dialogue with nature gets absorbed by the atmospheric agents.”

Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Alberonero. “Monte Immagine”. In collaboration with Umbrian Center of Artistic Residences and STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO. Vallo di Nera, Italy. (photo © Roberto Conte)
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Borondo Stages “INSURRECTA” on 32 Billboards in Segovia

Borondo Stages “INSURRECTA” on 32 Billboards in Segovia

Gonzalo Borondo stages an insurrection against the authorities who would hope to instruct you how to think about art in the public sphere, the right of the overlord to pollute the visual landscape at will, and the limitations of our imaginations in Segovia a nine-month installation.

Borondo. Insurrecta. I Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)

A 32 billboard installation totaling 17 locations, the Spanish street artist and conceptual installation artist evokes sepia-soaked memories of history as told through the view of those recounted in a communal uprising here 500 years ago.

Extending beyond the frames with sculpture, layered textures, and projection, the post-industrial modernist documents events and takes liberties with his interpretation, a 5 chapter “INSURRECTA” that instructs and reflects with symbols and figures and open spaces. For those familiar with his vocabulary over the last decade+, it’s a fulsome maturity that commands as it expands, with poetry. Sometimes it plays with it background, other times the background has its way with the canvas.

Borondo. Insurrecta. II Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)

Paying homage to Goya, his engravings of “Los Caprichos” and “Los Desastres”, he works within a narrow palette and innovates forcefully, playing with perspective and your willingness to interpret.

In his description of the Segovian people and their fierce spirit of defiance and riotous acts in pursuit of autonomy and self-reliance, he says he is inspired by “humanity confronting nature, the discourse of the urban in the natural landscape, the effects of imposition on society, the reappropriation of spaces by different agents.”

Borondo. Insurrecta. III Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)

Leaning heavily on visual metaphor, many in the graffiti and street art communities can identify with his take on reappropriation of land, resources, and the expression of art in the public sphere. It has become commonplace to expound upon street art as an “outdoor gallery”, but this mapped and self-guided tour looks as close to a museum exhibition as we’ve seen, and it’s even walkable for many.

As ever, you decide the route.

Borondo. Insurrecta. V Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. VI Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. VII Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. VIII Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. IX Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. X Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. XI Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. XII Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. XIII Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. XIV Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. XV Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. Map. Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)
Borondo. Insurrecta. Map key. Segovia, Spain. (photo © Roberto Conte)


Gonzalo Borondo presents INSURRECTA alongside the City Council of Segovia in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). The project sees the Department of Culture commemorate the 500th anniversary of the communal uprising in the city.

Segovia, Spain, from 29 June 2020 to 23 April 2021

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