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MLF | MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH

MLF | MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH

Bruxelles - Belgium

Alice Cattaneo

Bruxelles From 9 March to 7 April 2018

Presentation
MLF l Marie-Laure Fleisch is pleased to announce Italian artist Alice Cattaneo’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. Juxtaposing materials such as glass, concrete, and steel, Cattaneo emphasizes the rich relationship between materials, and the creative process which, for the artist, is the most important aspect of the work. There is no prior knowledge that one must have to understand these works, as the artist feels as though a critical discourse arises through the work itself, without needing to explicitly refer to it. It is brought about by the work’s materiality and physical presence.

With a practice rooted in site-specific sculpture and installation, Alice Cattaneo has started to create works which no longer rely on a given architectural context. However, the spatial relationships between the different parts of each sculpture are still extremely thought through. Cattaneo’s recent pieces also comprise new materials and techniques, such as the incorporation of blown glass elements and poured concrete, which involves artisans and specialists in her process. Often anchored to the wall, directly or by means of a shelf, the components of her sculptures are increasingly simplified, almost to the point of becoming simple lines and geometric forms. The essentialisation of these forms allows the artist to investigate notions of horizontality and verticality as the foundations of a sculptural practice.

The resulting reduction of volume exposes a void, in which one can remark the energy which flows between the various elements. For Cattaneo, empty space is just as important as the material aspects to the works, because it reveals that which one cannot see – the process. For Cattaneo, the actions which create an artwork are just as important as the work itself. While creating a piece, an artist must grapple with the physical properties of materials, which are often contradictory or even hostile to one another. The heaviness and density of concrete can be enough to overpower or break a fine piece of glass, and the artist attempts to push these materials to their limits while still creating a harmony between incompatible elements. The work is thus the product of a lengthy process, which testifies the artist’s past actions in the way that leftover relics can be used to document a performance.

These new works signal a slight departure from previous sculptures, which were largely comprised of everyday materials which could be easily manipulated by the artist. The materials were then arranged in relationship to the exhibition space, using weight balancing techniques as well as loose ties rather than more permanent fixatives. As a contrast to these wall-based sculptures other anterior works will also be shown. These ground-based sculptures reinforce a connection with the earth and their location in the gallery, while acting as a counterpoint to the elevated recent works.


Alice Cattaneo (1976, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Milan. Her solo exhibitions include: Alice Cattaneo, Michael Höpfner, two person show, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria (2017); Un qui puntiforme unitissimo, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, Italy (2016); Contrapositive (with Fred Sandback), curated by D.Komary, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria (2012); Alice Cattaneo, curated by J.Watkins, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2011) and Alice Cattaneo, MADRE - Museo d' Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy (2008). Her group exhibitions include: Combining Materials, Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London (2017); Floating World, curated by J.Watkins and A.Hicks, Art Bahrain Across Borders, Bahrain International Exhibition Center, Manama (2017); Solo Figli, curated by Sergia Avveduti and Irene Guzman, Padiglione de l’Esprit Nouveau, Bologna, Italy (2017); Tempo e Dettagli / Times and Details, Artisti/Artigiani/Carlo Scarpa, curated by C. Bertola and G. Blais, Officina Zanon, Falegnameria Capovilla, Universita’ Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy (2016); Premio Fondazione VAF (VII edizione), MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy/ Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany/Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany (2016); Ritratto dell'Artista da Giovane, curated by M. Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2014); The Unseen, The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, curated by J. Watkins, Guangdong Museum of Art, Republic of China (2012); Arte essenziale, a project of F. Ferrari, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy / Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Roaming. Heterotopias, curated by A. Castiglioni, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2010); Germany (2011), Negotiations - The Second Today’s Documents 2010, curated by J.Watkins, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2010); Terre Vulnerabilli, curated by C.Bertola with A.Lissoni, Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2010) and Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, curated by F. Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2008).
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  • 13, rue Saint-Georges
    1050, Bruxelles
    Belgium
    +32 (0)2 648 21 01

    Schedules

    Monday

    closed

    Tuesday

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Wednesday

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Thursday

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Friday

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Saturday

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Sunday

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