YOU & ME: ROBERTO CAMBI

YOU&ME - ROBERTO CAMBI, 2018

Why don’t we like changes? We don’t just resist making them, we resist being changed. The constant shift to adapt to different times and new circumstances is a vital process not just in our development as individuals, but also in the complex nature of human relationships. Yet most of the times it is fiercely opposed. And what is supposed to be a nurturing environment becomes a stifling one. YOU & ME is a double sided piece. Hanging from the ceiling at eye level, it is an invitation to peep through the…

A THREATENING NEW DIMENSION IN NUMBERS

CULTURE, ANOTHER NATURE REPAIRED - KADER ATTIA, 2015

The unconscious attribution of human traits or characteristics to inanimate forms is a built-in mechanism which enables humankind to cope with, and somehow relate to, anything new and unknown. To some extent this applies to the art world too. The projection of such human features onto drawn, painted or sculpted objects brings meaning to, and builds a connection with, a reality which may in fact not have rules or significance. The infinite number of possibilities of expression available to an artist is left barely explored as people cannot regain absolute artistic freedom once the…

JEFF KOONS: NOW

PLAY-DOH - JEFF KOONS, 1994 - 2014

The sound of knives being sharpened reverberated well before ’Jeff Koons: Now’ opened at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London. The combination of two big names that some really love, but most love to hate, has attracted less than positive reviews, mostly by default. The marriage, however, promised to be a happy one. The two do not only share the ability of dividing the opinions of critics and public alike, but are amongst an elite of contemporary artists who have sold works for millions. They publicly profess admiration for…

IF IT DOES NOT KILL YOU, IT FATTENS YOU – ROBERTO CAMBI

SE NON AMMAZZA, INGRASSA - ROBERTO CAMBI

RESTROSPECTIVE – PART 4 Roberto Cambi’s new piece, the aptly named ‘Se non ammazza, ingrassa’ (if it does not kill you, it fattens you), debuted at ‘Parole, Cibo, Ceramica – viaggio tra mondi trasversali’ at the Spazio Nibe in Milan. The exhibition explored the connections between food and literature through the medium of ceramic. The artist was inspired to create the Tintin-esque figure after reading ‘Il Manifesto della Cucina Futurista’ by Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti and Fillia – a collection of thoughts, beliefs and ideas about the future of gastronomy, first…

ANDY WARHOL: ELUSIVENESS AND UBIQUITY

GUN - ANDY WARHOL, 1981

Like London buses, you wait for one for ages, and then two come along at once. Both Firstsite and the Alcyon Gallery have an exhibition on Andy Warhol. Whilst he is credited for coining the expression ’15 minutes of fame’, this could not be less true of his enduring and ubiquitous popularity. A reminder, if one was ever needed, of the undiminished relevance of his work in the contemporary art scene. He introduced a bold and genial rite of observation and fast consumption of art, building on his early experience as a commercial illustrator,…