PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

UNUSUAL MATERIALS AND FORMS FOR A NEW AESTHETIC

14 December 2023 - 30 January 2024

Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to announce its next new gallery exhibition in Milan! The gallery will propose a group exhibition, in which a precise phenomenon will be analysed, that is, "The Unusual" proposed by African artists: in material and form.

 

 

UNUSUAL MATERIALS AND FORMS FOR A NEW AESTHETIC

COMING FROM SELECTED AFRICAN ARTISTS

14th December - 30th January 2024

PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY MILANO 

Via Valtellina 31, 20159 Milan, Italy

 

 

Once, it was said that Contemporary Art had to break away from the confines of a precise and defined aesthetic. It had to dare, provoke, astonish, and disorient the viewer.
Today, this belief still holds, but subtly, there's a sense that something has changed.
The "challenge" each artist faces seems at times to be well-defined by a geometric scheme of ideas and visions. There appears to be a preconceived notion, an unwritten rule, something rigid that imposes limits or boundaries on an artist's vision. This obstacle is generally only overcome in the creation of sculptures.

Certainly, throughout the history of art, numerous artists have ventured beyond the horizontal, square, or circular canvas. However, these instances have often been personal explosions, unique concepts, occasionally reaching high levels, but not necessarily giving rise to a defined movement.

Then, at a certain point, Africa Continent comes into play, devoid of readily available materials and pre-established tracks for artistic creation. For some, this lack might be seen as a curse, but for others, it's a blessing. An artist's capacity becomes evident in observing the universality of thought that permeates them—how their vision expands, regardless of their situation, life, or place of belonging. This, in turn, shaped the avant-garde of the past into what they are today in terms of critical and artistic recognition.

There's a powerful force, a potent will to express oneself through every available means. This might evoke the concept of “Arte Povera” at first glance, and indeed, it does, but the discourse is much broader in this case.

The use of unusual materials is a hallmark of these artists. It's not merely a "Plan B" but a choice that, though preceded by economic challenges, starts with the principle of creating something new, unseen, unique in the contemporary artistic panorama. In the lives of these artists, there has never been a preconception, a foundation indicating precise rules, as they operate in a realm devoid of such constraints. I refer to the realms of creativity and art.

"Once you free your mind about the concept of harmony and of art being 'correct,' you can do whatever you want." - Giorgio Moroder


And so it has been for these artists. What we celebrate with this exhibition is not only the innovative use of materials but the great ability for spatial composition and the clear vision accompanying the utilization and juxtaposition of different mediums. The judicious use of these materials is the result of this creation, wherein artists generate compositions with indefinite, variable, yet undoubtedly intriguing and intricate geometries.

The interweaving of various materials tells a unique story within the artworks, where each characteristic is highlighted yet simultaneously amalgamated in the artist's imaginative composition. A bottle cap is no longer waste; the same goes for fabric or a plastic bag. All become fundamental chords in the artist's imaginary firmament, where each object is meticulously positioned and imbued with personal significance for their work.

This indicates, more than ever, two aspects: first, a freedom of thought devoid of rules, and second—beyond great mastery—an incredible capacity for evolution and innovation that lays the groundwork for the birth of an informal movement. The gallery proposes this based on its in-depth study of these artists because these practices are changing the perception of the usual form, offering a new interpretation and direction to the dogmatic canons of current aesthetics.

 

PRESENTED ARTISTS: JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA, IFEOMA U. ANYAEJI, ABDOULAYE KONATÉ, TROY MAKAZA, SAMUEL NNOROM, MOFFAT TAKADIWA

Sentimental Negotiations Act VII

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Sentimental Negotiations Act VII
2013
Wood, paint, pocket mirrors
250 x5,5 x 5,5 cm

Sentimental Negotiations Act VII
2013 - Wood, paint, pocket mirrors - 250 x5,5 x 5,5 cm

Fahavaratra Acte

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Fahavaratra Acte
2018
Textile
160 x 100 cm

Fahavaratra Acte
2018 - Textile - 160 x 100 cm

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 4

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 4
2018
Textile
160 x 100 cm

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 4
2018 - Textile - 160 x 100 cm

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 2

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 2
2018
Textile
160 x 100 cm

Sérénade des hauts plateaux acte 2
2018 - Textile - 160 x 100 cm

Maison Imaginaire

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Maison Imaginaire
2020
Geometric structure installation
54 x 90 x 49,5 cm

Maison Imaginaire
2020 - Geometric structure installation - 54 x 90 x 49,5 cm

Motif central Peulh

Abdoulaye Konaté

Motif central Peulh
2021
Textile
237 x 334 cm

Motif central Peulh
2021 - Textile - 237 x 334 cm

Black Poems

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Black Poems
2021
Spray paint on textile
130 x 90 cm

Black Poems
2021 - Spray paint on textile - 130 x 90 cm

Black Poems

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Black Poems
2021
Spray paint on textile
130 x 90 cm

Black Poems
2021 - Spray paint on textile - 130 x 90 cm

Meaning responsibility and contentment part 3

Troy Makaza

Meaning responsibility and contentment part 3
2022
Silicone infused with paint
218 × 114 cm

Meaning responsibility and contentment part 3
2022 - Silicone infused with paint - 218 × 114 cm

Eze Fuo eze anochie, (When a king leaves another replaces him – no condition is permanent)

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji

Eze Fuo eze anochie, (When a king leaves another replaces him – no condition is permanent)
2022
Plasto-yarning, Repurposed used non-biodegradable plastic bags (Plasto-yarns) bottles, wire mesh, twine, Bubblies
150 × 435 × 18 cm

Eze Fuo eze anochie, (When a king leaves another replaces him – no condition is permanent)
2022 - Plasto-yarning, Repurposed used non-biodegradable plastic bags (Plasto-yarns) bottles, wire mesh, twine, Bubblies - 150 × 435 × 18 cm

Pageantry of the daily bread part 3

Troy Makaza

Pageantry of the daily bread part 3
2022
Silicone infused with paint
185 x 170 cm

Pageantry of the daily bread part 3
2022 - Silicone infused with paint - 185 x 170 cm

Vertigo

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Vertigo
2022
Natural fibers
40 x 40 cm

Vertigo
2022 - Natural fibers - 40 x 40 cm

Vertigo

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Vertigo
2022
Cotton
70 x 50 x 15 cm

Vertigo
2022 - Cotton - 70 x 50 x 15 cm

Judging by Language

Moffat Takadiwa

Judging by Language
2023
computer keys and plastic cord
250 x 210 x 30 cm

Judging by Language
2023 - computer keys and plastic cord - 250 x 210 x 30 cm

Earth Component

Samuel Nnorom

Earth Component
2023
African wax print fabric
163 × 140 × 14 cm

Earth Component
2023 - African wax print fabric - 163 × 140 × 14 cm

The Dancer

Samuel Nnorom

The Dancer
2023
African wax print fabric
230 × 83 × 83 cm

The Dancer
2023 - African wax print fabric - 230 × 83 × 83 cm

Moving Form

Samuel Nnorom

Moving Form
2023
African wax print fabric
60 × 72 × 15 cm

Moving Form
2023 - African wax print fabric - 60 × 72 × 15 cm

Untitled

Troy Makaza

Untitled
2023
Silicone infused with paint
103 x 276 cm

Untitled
2023 - Silicone infused with paint - 103 x 276 cm

Clouded thought

Samuel Nnorom

Clouded thought
2023
african wax print fabric
152 x 122 x 23 cm

Clouded thought
2023 - african wax print fabric - 152 x 122 x 23 cm

Untitled

Troy Makaza

Untitled
2023
Silicone infused with paint
208 X 78 CM

Untitled
2023 - Silicone infused with paint - 208 X 78 CM

Japa Syndrome

Samuel Nnorom

Japa Syndrome
2023
African Wax Print Fabric
510 x 315 x 30 cm

Japa Syndrome
2023 - African Wax Print Fabric - 510 x 315 x 30 cm

Motif Nigeria

Abdoulaye Konaté

Motif Nigeria
2023
Textile
193 × 150 cm

Motif Nigeria
2023 - Textile - 193 × 150 cm