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Life Cycles

Eliza Collin and Pietro Librizzi

Light Eye Mind | 176 Blackstock Road, N5 1HA London | 21 - 28 March 2019

 

Light Eye Mind presents Life Cycles, an exhibition by Eliza Collin and Pietro Librizzi featuring works made with repurposed effects from a family house. The exhibition is correlated with the foundation of ‘casapiena microcentro’, an independent art centre in a small town of Sicily, being transformed from private residence to public space.

All of the items on show suggest new luxury objects and alternatives to the destructive production process that tradition needs. Centerpiece are imitative marble inlays, produced from plastic tiles whose entire production of gathering, chipping, melting, pressing, tracing, cutting and mounting happened in the same place. Mined from genealogical and architectural depths, the works depict landscapes with animals present since prehistoric times and now dominating into the human world: the plastic used to depict these scenes was perhaps once the scenes in the flesh.

Accompanying the inlays are other works fabricated whilst making room for the evolution of the house, notably a collection of garments, Giovanna, made with tights, skirts and underwear. Through a desire to make clothing without buying untraceable materials, and whilst clearing through abandoned closets at ‘casapiena’, finding garments made from traditional high grade materials yet in old and unflattering designs. Eliza decided to repurpose these pieces and seek new market life for them.

During the exhibition, three encounters recreated some attitudes followed by the artists towards found material in respect to their previous affective life: Soap Carving, 'Tight' Dress Making, a discussion on sustainability in art practice and a screening of Archivio Illegibile report, exploring the making of the first exhibition at ‘casapiena’ which dealt with belongings over generations, domestic archaeology and collective knowledge-making.

Light Eye Mind

 

 

 

 

'Archivio Illegibile'

Eliza Collin, Pietro Librizzi and Daniel Tebano

casapiena microcentro | via san Giacomo 9 Petralia Soprana (PA) | 20 April - 5 May 2018

 

 'casapienamicrocentro' presents Archivio Illegibile, an exhibition of objects that failed to be read during the cleaning of the rooms in Casapiena. These objects bear histories that have been lost with the people that accumulated them over their lifetimes, offering a dialogue between the speculations of their new audience.

video report of the exhibition here

 

 

Sitting Amongst

Gaia Di Lorenzo and Pietro Librizzi

Jupiter Woods | 61 Rollins street, SE15 1EP| 20 August - 9 September 2018

 

 

“Table conviviality is loaded with a variety of feelings. The objects immediately close to us relate and affect our emotions

 relate and affect, relate and affect them again:

 forks spoons cherry tomatoes tablecloth glasses dishes creamy-bottoms-to draw-on fartsounds-of-chairs

 spillages-more-paintings breadcrumb-wars and sculptures globular

 rectangular circular solids sounds of metal crystal and wood spits of hotness Too hot mum!

 Damn I told you! chewed balls of un-desire.”

 

From the 20 August - 9 September, Jupiter Woods invites artists Gaia Di Lorenzo and Pietro Librizzi to take over the gallery space and develop their long-standing dialogue. Works and materials will be brought together and presented in response to Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales, read to them both as children by their mothers. Disparate items will be considered in relation to one another: materials, references, elements of architecture and narratives will combine to form a whole, in accordance with their shared logic. This process of gathering becomes the lens through which the text and its traditions are perceived and scrutinised: a history that unifies, divides, and now calls for new meanings. 

Consuming meals is the common denominator for both the subject of the works (the tales) and for the process (collaboration). People sitting at the table appear in almost every tale of Calvino’s book, as an essential and unavoidable thematic thread. Table time is a supernatural equaliser between characters: not only between people sitting around a table, but also between human being and nature, between the one who harvests, the one who cooks, and the one who eats.

Taking this as a mutual resource for their works, the artists will build a table to be placed at the centre of the gallery space: this will bring together elements of their past works, personal belongings and materials as found objects. The table was the central element for a first gathering on the 28th of August: a planned dinner during which guests were invited to bring a food or object close to them, encased then in the table by liquid sugar after. 

Following the first event, this mutual process of making unfolded until the 5th September, when the material result of the dialogue and contamination between their practices opens its doors to the public for five days.

 

Text by Carolina Ongaro | Jupiter Woods 

 

 

 

DILBINGS

Lily German, Pietro Librizzi, Will Narby, Amy Steel

SOHO takeover gallery | 48 Poland St, W1F 7ND | 18-20 October 2017

 

 “Renzo was walking so I approached him, eager to share a dream I had about his work. I told him that I had seen the tip of the Shard, filled with earth and buried inside it; a bottle cap was. I imagined lying the Shard down across the river, like a bridge and calculating its length in order to find out where the tip of it would land. Once I found the location on a map, I decided to walk there. When I got there I started to dig, to my surprise I found a bottle cap buried in the ground exactly. When I finished, Piano smiled and invited me into his house"

 

 

 

 

will try to love you all

solo exhibition

LARA | unit 28 penarth centre | 30 penarth street SE15 1TR | 14-16 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Baesquit

group exhibition

the Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions | 8 Kingfisher square SE8 | 6-9 April 2017

 

 

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Triad  

trio exhibition with Liam Hughes and Yuki Nishimura

the Deptford Project | 1 Octavius Street SE8 London | 18-20 November 2016

 

publication

 

 

 

Canning Time - part of Art Licks Weekend 2016

group exhibition - curated by TheLivingRoom

El Cheap’Ou discount store | 75 Deptford High Street, London | 1-2 October 2016

 

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Stuff at Large

theatrical group exhibition

LIMBO LIMBO, unit 5 Latona Road SE15 London | 10-18 March 2016

 

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SHIFT III

group exhibition

Hilly Fields park SE4 London | 20 September 2015

 

more video

 

 

 

Spaces, Contexts, Habitats

group exhibition

Palazzo Biscari, Catania, Sicily | 30-04 June/July 2015

 

 

 

 

Umanità e Passaggio – dialogo tra fotografie stitiche

(Umanity and Passage – dialogue between constipated photographies)

duo exhibition with Giorgio Ferruzza

Palazzo Pottino, Petralia Soprana (PA), Sicily | 08-17 August 2014

 

 

 

 

 

A possibility – group exhibition

Faircharm Creekside, Deptford | 6 February 2014