- VENICE WORKS
Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space & Gallery in Venice presents VENICE WORKS, a double personal exhibition, focused on a selection of new artworks produced by the painter Andrew Huston and the sculptor Tristano di Robilant, born from the relationship between the artists and the city.
Andrew Huston presents, indeed, a series of paintings inspired by the tidal movements in the city, the heavenly forces of the Moon and the Sun on the water of the lagoon, which he analyzes in the two-dimensional form. The fascinating history of Venice in the collective imaginary is not as prominent for the artist as the universal traces the water left on the matter of the city.
Looking at the famous Disegno rappresentante la “figura lunare” per spiegare il moto delle maree created by the Venetian engineer Cristoforo Sabbadino in 1550, Huston wants to represent with his shapes inspired by the traces of water on the walls of Venetian palaces “the wrinkles of time on the city, seen not as signs of aging but of life and its rhythms. The tides can be compared poetically to the breath of the earth, rhythmic and constant.”
Pottery, glass and new bronze sculptures presented by Tristano di Robilant are also born from the deep relationship between the city and the artist, who constantly has been working for years with the glass masters of the island of Murano. The dialogue with Venice is revealed to the sculptor precisely in the importance of light, which, while it transforms shape and matter on his works, it modifies even the city, in a constant game of reflections fed by the waters of the lagoon.
The light effects, the transparency of the glass which, as the artist says “let to penetrate in a dimension, even an emotional one, different from other materials, in a dialogue between the inside and the outside in perpetual motion”, the connection with the tradition borrowed from the artisan experience of Murano, are the distinctive features of the works presented in this exhibition.
All the exhibited artworks are born thanks to Venice, thanks to the connection of the two artists with the soul of the city. Neither Huston nor di Robilant are Venetian by birth, actually they have an absolutely international history. The exhibition thus becomes the opportunity to explore the theme of the Venetian citizens by choice, who still keep enriching the city in terms of active and really important cultural contributions.
Milleseicento - Tristano di Robilant
Shade Shelter - Tristano di Robilant
Diurnal with reflection - Andrew Huston
China Mountain Clear - Tristano di Robilant
Laguna polyptych - Andrew Huston
Same Inheritance - Tristano di Robilant
Nocturne (Bear) - Andrew Huston
I think I can see more distinctly through rain - Tristano di Robilant
Sibilla - Tristano di Robilant
Vasca di Nestore (blu Bisanzio/blu reale) - Tristano di Robilant
Two ways - Tristano di Robilant
Diurnal 1 with arch - Andrew Huston
Crest tide - Andrew Huston
La lumera - Tristano di Robilant
Sabbadino (gold) - Andrew Huston
Albero della conoscenza - Tristano di Robilant
Cippo 8 - Tristano di Robilant
Nocturne 1 with arch - Andrew Huston
Watermark arch - Andrew Huston
Alter Laguna - Andrew Huston
Water marks (drag) - Andrew Huston
Tristano di Robilant, born in London in 1964, grew up in Italy and England. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was influenced by the lectures of the architectural historian and critic Reyner Banham (1922 –1988). Tristano’s first solo exhibition was at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York. He later collaborated with curator and gallerist Lance Fung on a series of glass sculptures entitled Domestic Temples, now part of the Sol LeWitt Collection. Invited by Giorgio Guglielmino to Calcutta, Tristano travelled repeatedly to Bengal to work on a series of silkscreens in collaboration with Pria Lall. Tristano has exhibited extensively both in Europe and in the United States, including at Annina Nosei’s gallery and the National Exemplar gallery in New York, Galleria Bonomo and Paolo Curti in Italy.Find out more
Andrew Huston, born in the United Kingdom, is an American/Australian /British
artist. After 20 years in New York where he had a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, he moved to Venice, Italy in June 2017 where he lives and works. Huston completed his bachelors’ degree at Parson School of Design in Paris, France and achieved his Masters in painting at Sydney College of Art in Sydney Australia.