The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019

Magma Gallery in Bologna exhibits works by Aris, Martina Merlini and Nelio
Installation view.

BOLOGNA.- Magma gallery announced the opening of the exhibition Endless.

Every human beings, since its birth, has to deal with the concept of limit. Faced with the complexity of the real, human knowledge turns out to be powerless, circumscribed within the boundaries of the sensitivity. Then, the limit seems to be an insurmountable barrier able to restrain our dreams, desires and expectations.

Imagination, however, allows man to overcome this state of condition and leads him to think of himself as a free creature. It is then that the limit can be re-invented, re-created in the artist's mind, who can redefine the coordinates. Thus, the concept of boundary, of border, loses its negative meaning, creating the conditions for a new, inexhaustible potential.

Endless: the ‘no end’, the inexhaustible, the infinite. That is, most probably, what gathers together Aris, Martina Merlini and Nelio, the three artists involved in the new exhibition. Each artist develops an original and innovative language, looking for subtle compositional balances which seem to move in an apparently endless path. Thick textures, nuanced figures, and deceptive superimpositions of shapes, invite us to 'go further', not to indulge on what is 'locked' in the frame. The works suggest new imaginative spaces, encourage the audience to use its own imagination, to explore unknown territories, investigating the limitless hinges of reality’s weave.

Therefore, in Aris’ works, forms blend together, creating a hybrid and confusing dimension, similar to the oniric one. The Tuscan artist elaborates an incredibly personal figurative style, where the references to the phenomenal world are only vaguely evoked, being 're-mixed' in a surreal visual effect. The appearances are ductile, devoid of any rigor and constraint, and almost created to be modeled.

Even in the case of the French artist Nelio, references to the idea of trespassing are constant. In his research, the artist finds abstraction the best way for creating imaginary shapes. Thanks to a continuous motion of perceptual illusions and reference games, the viewer is unwittingly involved in a further reality, where the background and figures constantly 'veil' and ‘unveil’.

In Martini Merlini’s research, the notion of the limit is investigated in a subtle and refined way. In her works, geometric abstraction becomes a fundamental expedient to investigate human nature, perpetually poised between the rational and the irrational. Dense and symmetrical pictorial traits are unexpectedly disjointed from the impulse of new, instinctive and primordial forces.

The Human being is paradoxical. If, on the one hand, he is aware and conscious of his limitations, on the other hand he is constantly trying to overcome them, to devise alternative ways, free from predetermined trajectories.

Aris, born in 1978 in Tuscany, started his activity in 1993.

The walls of railway wagons offered him the opportunity to create and experiment, using iron or other poor materials as background to his works. He immediately developed a personal style of lettering from which he gradually moved, by looking his figure which later turned into an accumulation of shapes and forms, creating surreal and complex optical effects.

Travelling and the need to explore are fundamental parts of his life and work, leading him to paint in various countries, Spain, Germany, Poland, Russia and to realize several public works in spaces not traditionally voted to art.

Aris has been among the protagonists of the exhibition held at PAC in Milan, “Street Art, Sweet Art” in 2007, the first in Italy to officially legitimize, in a public museum institution, the street artists of Milanese and Bolognese scene.

Martina Merlini (Bologna, 1986) lives and works in Milan.

From illustration to geometric abstraction; a path that leads the artist to experience and learn about herself through various expressive contexts such as, among others, street art and installations. Materials such as wax and varnishes, applied to poor media as paper and wood, best express the constant research of a quiet and powerful compositional balance. Thick and symmetrical pictorial lines are suddenly disjointed by new forces and forms that seem to follow natural instincts and impulses. Numerous exhibition have been dedicated to her, both in Europe and in America. Among the various events and festivals she took part in, are Living Walls, the first festival of street art only for women held in Atlanta (USA) in 2012, and the prestigious Le Mur in Paris, in 2015.

Nelio, who was born in 1982 in France, developed a unique artistic approach that combines symbols, letters, landscapes, and geometric shapes. Abstract experimentation brought forward by the artist creates imaginary shapes, bright colors and geometric elements, generating dense and complicated textures, continuous motion made of perceptual games, and flat and three-dimensional elements in which the viewer finds himself caught in a personal abstraction of form. He made a great number of public works in Europe and international exhibitions, in important galleries in San Francisco, Melbourne, Montreal, Berlin, Paris.

Today's News

April 23, 2017

Art Gallery of Ontario opens major retrospective of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe

Exhibition of rare photographs and objects by Sturtevant opens at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Large-scale retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe opens in Rotterdam

Groundbreaking exhibition features more than forty black women artists

A decade into Record Store Day, a new world of vinyl

New Chihuly experience debuts at the New York Botanical Garden

Ahmed Alsoudani joins Marlborough Contemporary

Whyte's announces highlights from its Eclectic Collector Auction

CAB Art Center presents "Notes on our equilibrium: A dialogue with the house of Jean Prouvé II"

Tess Jaray's first solo show in New York on view at albertz benda

Exhibition at Museum of Cycladic Art showcases works by nine recipients of the DESTE Prize

Exhibition of new and existing work by sisters Pavla and Lucia Sceranková on view at Pump House Gallery

MLF / Marie-Laure Fleisch opens exhibition of works by Bernardí Roig

Trump supporters taunt Hollywood star's Finland art project

Academy Art Museum opens four new exhibitions blending national and international artists

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

Magma Gallery in Bologna exhibits works by Aris, Martina Merlini and Nelio

Zuma, Mandela rape painting stirs outrage in South Africa

New museum on former plantation opens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

North Carolina Museum of Art installs interactive play structure, head sculptures in museum park

Nohra Haime Gallery opens maajor exhibition of works by Ruby Rumié

Raven Row in London opens group exhibition

French conductor leads Tehran orchestra in sign of growing ties

Messi, Ronaldo kissing graffiti causes stir pre-Clasico

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful