Alison Milne Gallery is delighted to present Hello Again, on view from March 11 – April 16, exhibiting selected works from the Artforce private collection of Fabrice Marcolini.
Intended as a survey on contemporary sculpture, the exhibition includes seminal works by Canadian artists Evan Penny, Max Streicher, Robin Alistair Lewis, and international artists Berlinde De Bruyckere, Aurelio Fort, Jarbas Lopes, Riccardo De Marchi, Marco Maggi, Ernesto Neto, Srinivasa Prasad, Ulf Puder, Graciela Sacco, Martin Schwenk, and Santiago Ydáñez.
Hello Again presents works in a poetic cohesiveness as a collective statement on socio-political issues. It is an exploration of the artists’ commentary on historic, social, geo-political issues in the current state of international affairs. The group exhibition also functions as a partial retrospective view into the holdings of the collector.
Naming the exhibition, Hello Again has a threefold meaning for Alison Milne Gallery. To start, it’s the marking of a new age for Alison Milne Design + Gallery and greeting to its community. Hello Again is also greeting from Fabrice Marcolini, a private collector who christened the previous Alison Milne Gallery space on Walnut Ave. with art from his collection. Finally, Hello Again is a greeting to the artworks themselves, which are reemerging from storage and interacting as a works in conversation for the group exhibition.
The selected artists represented in this exhibition are some of the art world’s most prestigious talent:
● Ernesto Neto (b 1964 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and is known for his aromatic biomorphic sculptural installations.
● Ulf Puder (b 1958, Leipzig, Germany) is part of the generation of notable painters trained at Leipziger schule für Graphik und Buchkunst.
● Marco Maggi (b 1957 Montevideo, Uruguay) incorporates common materials like paper, aluminum foil and graphite to create sculptural installations. He will be featured at the 2016 Venice Biennale representing Uruguay.
● Berlinde De Bruyckere (b 1964 Ghent, Belgium) was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and currently has an exhibition on view at Hauser & Wirth, New York.
● Jarbas Lopes (b 1964 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) works in sculpture, has been featured at the XXVII Sao Paolo Biennale in 2006, and is collected at the Museum of Modern Art, Victoria & Albert Museum.
● Graciela Sacco (b. 1956 Santa Fe, Argentina) specializes in photography, video and installations. She has represented Argentina most recently in the 49th International Venice Biennale (2001), the 5th International Biennale of Art in Shanghai (2004).
● Max Streicher (b. Alberta, Canada) is a sculptor and installation artist, who has shown at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Saidye Bronfman Centre, and Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art among others.
● Aurelio Fort (b. 1954, S. Lucia di Budoia, Italy) has been exhibited primarily in Italy, northern Europe and North America since 1980. Recent exhibitions include Villa Da Porto Palladio, Gallery Celeste, and the Stadt Museum.
● Robin Alistair Lewis (b. Toronto, Canada) has been exhibited at Artcore New York, Collection Collor de Mello, and featured in AIGA Journal, DesignLines, Casa Vogue, Maison Decoration Greece.
● Riccardo De Marchi (b 1964, Italy) has had several prestigious exhibitions over his career, which include the XLV International Biennale of Venice, an acquisition by the Japanese city of Fukuroi Shizuoka on the occasion of the World Cup 2002, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2009 and 2011.
● Evan Penny (b. 1953, South Africa) had a solo exhibition, Evan Penny: Re FIGURED, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2012.
● Santiago Ydáñez (b. 1967 Jaen, Spain) is a painter whose works focus on the body, often with monochromatic tones. His works have been acquired by collections in Spain, which include Diputación de Segovia, Museo de Mojácar Almería, Fundación Marcelino Botín, and Instituto de Estudos Jiennenses.
● Martin Schwenk (b. 1960 Bonn, Germany) is a Professor at the School of Art Mainz. He creates artworks with material in contrast of each other, primarily in plastic, glass, and cement.
● Srinivasa Prasad (b. 1974 Bangalore, India) explores the international importance of everyday traditional objects.
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