Magazzino Italian Art, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana are pleased to present the exhibition
Ornaghi & Prestinari
Curated by Vittorio Calabrese
October 24 – December 9, 2016
October 24, 2016, 6-8pm
Mattino (Morning), 2016, painted wood, alabaster sculpture, photograph courtesy of Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana © 2016 Ornaghi & Prestinari.
Based in Milan, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari have worked together since 2009 and have exhibited their work throughout Italy and Europe. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will present a series of new works that will include both sculpture-installations and works on paper and on wood, attesting to the artists’ interest in materials and in new interdisciplinary methods of approach. Blending together pictorial and plastic figuration, reflections on key motifs from 20th century Italian modern art, conceptual art and personal experiences, Ornaghi and Prestinari raise questions about the importance of authorship and craft in a post-artisanal world.
Their practice is centered on the dualities between thinking and acting, focusing particular attention to spontaneous and unpredictable intuitions. Ornaghi and Prestinari are interested in investigating the intimacy of domestic objects: it is under this premise that they transform everyday objects such as a “moka” espresso maker (Mattino, 2016) or a beer bottle (Chapeau, 2016) into alabaster sculptures, thus elevating familiar objects to a higher and new dimension.
Ornaghi & Prestinari will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Magazzino Italian Art which will be presented on November 2, on the occasion of a talk with the artists in the auditorium of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
Venue: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò
24 W 12TH Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10011
Mon – Fri: 10am-5pm
Further information can be found here