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Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor  
     
Joe Zucker’ first solo exhibition in Italy, which opens on Saturday, March 30th, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. THOMAS BRAMBILLA Bergamo  
THOMAS BRAMBILLA
Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor by JOE ZUCKER
30/03/2019 - 01/05/2019
Opening: Saturday 30th March 2019, 6.30 p.m. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2.00 -7.00 p.m.
Thomas Brambilla Gallery is pleased to present Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor, Joe Zucker’ first solo exhibition in Italy, which opens on Saturday, March 30th, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition includes a series of Still Life cotton paintings, specially made for this show.
Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor explore Zucker’s long-held interest in Still Life paintings. Giorgio Morandi’s Nature Morte are in fact instantly recognizable in Zucker’s works; their muted color palette, subdued and unsophisticated subjects matter and the quiet simplicity that clashes with a multi-level constructivism, immediately connect the two artists in a game of historical references. In addition, the elementary compositions of Zucker's Still Life evokes the minimalistic ones of Morandi. However, it is an apparent simplicity, because Zucker, as the Italian master, focused on the development of formal qualities of line, color and the material itself. Although Morandi painstakingly worked to unlock the puzzles of Modern painting looking for the structure and order that underlies the process of representation itself, Zucker has also been interested in creating the image and the surface simultaneously. In Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor, Zucker once again show his primary interest for the relationship between paint and support as one mutual embeddedness. Since the beginning of his career, he tried to overcome the Minimalism’s break with unconventional paintings, investigating new limits and re-elaborating the classical tradition in the making of Art.
The exhibition is composed by a brand new series of works made with Zucker pioneering and iconic technique; cotton balls dipped and rolled in a pigmented acrylic called rhoplex, which he squashed onto canvas to approximate brush strokes. The cotton balls physicalized the modular elements of the grid to an unprecedented extent and were only the first outlandish shock in the work. Resulting in a highly textured surface reminiscent of antique Mosaics in Ravenna, this technique radically transforms the surface of the canvas and challenges the “flatness”. Zucker, one of America’s most innovative artists, has always shown a strong attitude for reworking and synthesizing the different styles; the quality of his materials and processes reveals an acute formal and historical sensitivity, while serving its witty and cold spirit for artistic academism.
Joe Zucker (b. 1941, Chicago), throughout his extensive career, has exhibited alongside artists such as Agnes Martin, Chuck Close, Richard Artschwager and Brice Marden at the pioneering Bykert Gallery in the 1960s, and later with dealer Holly Solomon, who was well known for her support of new and experimental mediums. Zucker’s works is included in extensive public collections: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, The New Museum in New York, The New York Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, The Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and many others.
Thomas Brambilla S.r.l. | Via Casalino 25, 24121, Bergamo, Italy
Capitale Sociale Euro 10.000,00 I.V. | C.F. 04333390161 | VAT. IT04333390161
Ph (+39) 035 24 74 18 | e-mail: info@thomasbrambilla.com | www.thomasbrambilla.com

THOMAS BRAMBILLA
Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor by JOE ZUCKER
30/03/2019 - 01/05/2019
Opening: Sabato 30 marzo 2019, h 18.30
Orari di apertura: Martedì– Sabato h 14.00 -19.00
La Galleria Thomas Brambilla è lieta di presentare Forbidden Motion - Surface, Image and Metaphor, la prima mostra personale di Joe Zucker in Italia, che inaugurerà sabato 30 marzo 2019 alle 18.30.
Forbidden Mortion – Surface, Image and Metaphor include una serie di pionieristici dipinti in cotone rappresentanti delle Nature Morte ed esplora l’interesse di lunga data dell’artista per questo soggetto.
Fin da subito nelle opere di Zucker è riconoscibile il legame con le storiche Nature Morte di Giorgio Morandi. Dalla tavolozza costituita da colori tenui, ai soggetti modesti, all’atmosfera silenziosa ed atemporale che collide con un costruttivismo a più livelli fino alle composizioni minimaliste, si innesca un gioco di richiami e rimandi fra i due maestri.
Sebbene Morandi abbia da sempre concentrato la sua ricerca sulla struttura e sull’ordine che sottostà al processo di rappresentazione stesso, Zucker si è focalizzato maggiormente sulla possibilità di creare simultaneamente l'immagine e la superficie stessa dell’opera, sfruttando le qualità formali e le potenzialità evocative del materiale che la compone e ricopre.
Le opere di Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor sono il risultato della lunga ricerca di Zucker, iniziata negli anni ’60 e che lo portò ad utilizzare il cotone come materiale prediletto. I dipinti sono difatti realizzati con la sua ormai iconica tecnica; batuffoli e palline di cotone immersi ed arrotolati in pigmenti d’acrilico e rhoplex, successivamente appoggiati e modellati sulla tela per approssimarne una pennellata. Il risultato è una superficie altamente strutturata che richiama gli antichi mosaici ravennati e le tele “pixelate” dei contemporanei Chuck Close e Richard Artschwager, ma la bizzarra tecnica ha trasformato radicalmente la superficie della tela eliminandone difatti la “piattezza”. In Forbidden Motion – Surface, Image and Metaphor, l’artista dimostra ancora una volta il suo interesse primario per la relazione fra la pittura ed il materiale stesso come un unico organismo.
Joe Zucker (1941, Chicago) nel corso della sua carriera ha esposto presso la famosa Bykert Gallery al fianco di artisti come Agnes Martin, Chuck Close, Richard Artschwager e Brice Marden. In seguito lavorò con Holly Solomon, gallerista ben nota per il suo supporto verso media sperimentali.
Le opere di Zucker sono incluse in diverse collezioni pubbliche: Museum of Modern Art di New York, National Gallery of Victoria a Melbourne, New Museum di New York, New York Philadelphia Museum of Art di Philadelphia, Museo di Tel Aviv in Israele, Whitney Museum of American Art di New York, Brooklyn Museum di Brooklyn, Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York e molte altre.
Thomas Brambilla S.r.l. | Via Casalino 25, 24121, Bergamo, Italy
Capitale Sociale Euro 10.000,00 I.V. | C.F. 04333390161 | VAT. IT04333390161
Ph (+39) 035 24 74 18 | e-mail: info@thomasbrambilla.com | www.thomasbrambilla.com
 
   
   
   
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