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About the work
  • Medium

    Sculpture : wood

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    25.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch

  • Display

    The sculpture cannot be displayed outdoors

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Rattan, straw and wood. The work can be sold as a installation with other two sculpture or individually.

    MAGMA gallery is glad to present Afterimages, the double solo show of Martina Merlini (Bologna, 1986) and Julie Oppermann (San Francisco, 1982), from March 30 to May 18, 2019.

    Through this exhibition continues the collaboration of MAGMA gallery with Martina Merlini, which started in 2016; at the same time, the works of Julie Oppermann will be exhibited for the first time in Italy. For both artists, the works produced for the exhibition represent an important turning point in their artistic research. Martina Merlini engages with new materials and methods. On the one hand she approaches three-dimensionality through poor materials such as rattan and straw, which tell the precious craftsmanship employed, while maintaining contact with the optical. From the other, she inserts further movements to her trajectories, modifying the outline of the work itself that becomes one with the lines drawn.

    Julie Oppermann, on the other hand, for the first time deepens the oil technique, presenting a preview for MAGMA gallery of a new series of large and medium formats on board and canvas. Drawing on her background in neuroscience, perception, cognitive processes and the Theory of Colors, she creates paintings with vivid and sparkling colors that recall psychedelic, while maintaining a strong conceptual rigor. The systematic and regulated process is accompanied by the impulsive and intuitive approach, which creates subtle tensions within the composition of her work. The consistency of oil painting and the signs and variations of color, create interferences, breaking the illusion of depth and space within the work and bringing the eye back to the surface of the painting, 'the skin' that covers the flat canvas.

    The works of both artists play with the limits of visual perception; sparkling effects, which emerge through the calculated stratification and overlapping of contrasting colors with patterns of repetitive lines, producing afterimages, an "optical flicker" and disorienting sensations of movement.

    Martina and Julie's works are based on complex rules and systems of lines, colors, borders and motifs to create perceptive abstractions but, on closer inspection, instead, reveal a gestural and intuitive approach. Thick and symmetrical pictorial traits are unexpectedly disjointed by the drive of new thrusts that seem to follow instinctive and primordial impulses.

    Martina Merlini 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 suddenly are disjointed by new forces and forms that seem to follow natural instincts and impulses. There has been numerous exhibitions dedicated to her, both in Europe and in America. Among the various events and festivals which she take part are Living Walls, first festival of street art only for women held in Atlanta (USA) in 2012, and the prestigious Le Mur in Paris, in 2015.
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Martina Merlini

Italy Born in: 1986

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

From illustration to geometric abstraction; a journey that leads the artist to experiment and get to know himself through different expressive contexts such as, among others, street art and installations. Materials such as wax and enamels, applied on poor surfaces such as paper and wood, express the constant search for a silent and powerful compositional balance. Dense and symmetrical pictorial strokes are suddenly disarticulated by new thrusts and forms that seem to follow instinctive and natural instincts.

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