This exhibition of new works by Alessandro Papetti and Aron Demetz marks the first time the artists will present a collaborative show together. Many of the works were made or conceived while working alongside each other in Demetz's studio in Val Gardena, Italy.
Both artists share a long-standing fascination for the human figure and in this exhibition they explore the idea of a visible and invisible presence.
Alessandro Papetti is one of Italy’s foremost contemporary painters. He has exhibited widely for almost 30 years, notably at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2011, at major museums in Milan, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo and at galleries around the world.
Papetti’s most recognizable works are sweeping, cinematic paintings focused on industrial archaeology, urban landscapes and portraits and nude studies, frequently painted from a high-angle perspective. Milan has served as an important backdrop for his work: “I tend to use monochromatic colours. The light in my cities is fairly northern because I was born in Milan and that definitely had an influence. These are the colours from my city, from the air that I’ve breathed.”
This is his second solo exhibition with Everard Read London and his fifth solo exhibition with the Everard Read group.
Aron Demetz has achieved international prominence with exhibitions at the Venice Biennale in 2009, PAC in Milan, MACRO in Rome and the Arp Museum in Rolandseck, Germany.
Demetz uses a traditional South Tyrolean technique of woodcarving, dating back to the 17th century, to explore the possibilities and limitations of wood as a material. He exploits its textures and ability for transformation by deploying a range of innovative techniques including controlled burning, lacerating the wood or applying layers of natural resin. Indeed, his sculptures evoke themes of injury and healing; of metamorphosis.
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