Ceramic : Black & White

Opere di Eri Dewa, Guido De Zan, Annalisa Guerri, Rita Miranda, Simone Negri, Jasmine Pignatelli, Zsolt Jozsef Simon
9th – 26th April 2013

RB Contemporary presents, from April 9th – 26th 2013 at Foro Buonaparte 46 in Milan, a contemporary ceramics exhibition, ‘CERAMIC: BLACK & WHITE’, in concomitance with ‘Fuori Salone 2013, and as part of ‘Brera Design District’.

This is a collective exhibition by Italian and foreign artists, who, through ceramic and porcelain, underline the expression of black and of white as ‘non colours’, as essential characters which allow the shape to dominate. The material itself becomes the main feature, in its purity, imposing itself through its delicacy or physicality.

Dark ceramics welcome us in a kind of modern ‘Wunderkammer’, by Rita Miranda.The ancient technique, ‘Raku’, is applied to extremely modern shapes, geometries which challenge their physical and material resistance. Nature is merely the starting point for developing new, almost abstract forms, reaching a minimal synthesis full of experience. Jasmine Pignatelli’s sculptures are shapes which refuse the temptation towards naturalistic, figurative and realistic tendencies. They are seeds, like hidden forms, which develop a flexible language, starting with the raw materials, which provide creative energy.

The raw materials are also the starting point for Simone Negri; used for personal investigations of space, of the connections between full and empty, shapes which are formed by the meeting of straight lines and soft curves. Great importance is also given to the ancient technique of smoke firing, a blackening of the ceramic which leaves a margin of randomness and the unknown to the energy created during combustion.

Among the White collection, the impalpable works of Japanese artist Eri Dewa stand out. Playing with porcelain as if it were paper, they create shapes which recall vegetation; delicate and light, conveying both Japanese and contemporary traditions.

 Annalisa Guerra also seems to challenge the raw materials, taking them to their limits: extremely fine porcelain, jagged shapes which impose themselves on space, creating new balances.

Also inspired by Nature are the works of Hungarian artist Zsolt Jozsef Simon: reckless and subtle shapes, exteriors with pointed and acrobatic tentacles, smooth and soft interiors, in an almost masculine/feminine contrast.

More geometrical and essential are the sculptures of Guido De Zan, characterized more by light than form, sculptures more like apparitions than presences. The dematerialization of shape is central to the process; the unravelling of the primary gesture/sign becomes decisive for the shape itself.

The inauguration will be held on 9th April, from 6pm – 9pm

Zsolt Jozsef Simon, Porcelain, 1310°C reduction, cm 37x37x28
Zsolt Jozsef Simon, Porcelain, 1310°C reduction, cm 25x26x18