Installation views “Grazia Varisco if…, Cortesi Gallery London

Cortesi Gallery, London

Grazia Varisco, If…

1 October – 28 November 2015

Curated by Michele Robecchi
Opening: 1 October 2015, 6pm – 8.30pm

Cortesi Gallery is delighted to present, for the first time in London, a solo exhibition by the Italian artist Grazia Varisco.

Following the successful exhibition Grazia Varisco: Filo Rosso 1960/2015 at Cortesi Lugano in Switzerland, the gallery is now pleased to introduce Varisco’s body of work to the London audience.
Born in Milan in 1937, Grazia Varisco has been a key representative of programmed and kinetic art throughout her artistic career. Together with Giovanni  Anceschi, Gianni Colombo, Davide Boriani and Gabriele De Vecchi, she was a member of the Italian Gruppo T (T Group, where “T” refers to the concept of time as a new content of art). Founded in 1959 in Milan, Gruppo T was one of the most important collectives of kinetic art in Europe, introducing innovative forms of art through the creation of perceptual experiments and interactive environments designed to encourage and generate different and unexpected reactions in the viewer.
Varisco was one of the earliest artists who explored concepts such as motion and changes in time, while seeking a direct interaction with her audience. Through the use of simple geometric signs, her artworks inhabit the space around them, creating different spatial dimensions that challenge the viewer’s perception and disorientate the senses.
The  London  exhibition  will  give  the  visitors  a  unique  opportunity  to  experience  a comprehensive overview of Varisco’s research, with works spanning from the early ‘60s  to  recent years.  From  Tavole  Magnetiche  (Magnetic  Boards,  1959­61),  where magnetic  elements  based  on  elementary  dialectic  polarities  like  order/disorder, empty/full,   open/closed,   and  symmetrical/asymmetrical,   are   arranged   on   metal surfaces and can be moved around, to Schemi luminosi variabili (Variable Luminous Schemes,  1962–64),  a  series  of  kinetic  objects that use  the rotary  motion  of  the overlapping  screens  is  used  to  produce  continuous  variations  and  repetitions, capturing the unconditional attention of the viewer.

The show will also include more recent works, such as Quadri Comunicanti in acciaio (Communicating Paintings in Steel, 2011). Formally minimal, the works nevertheless manage to dominate the surface on which they appear, simultaneously providing a glimpse of continuity and instability.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Mousse Publishing and edited by Michele Robecchi.


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Assistant director:
Ottavia Fontana
ottavia@cortesigallery.com