- 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.
Tristano di Robilant nato a Londra nel 1964 è cresciuto tra l’Italia e l’Inghilterra. Si è Laureato presso la University of California Santa Cruz, dove ha seguito le lezioni del critico e storico dell’architettura Reyner Banham (1922- 1988), subendone l’influsso.
La sua prima mostra personale si è tenuta alla Holly Solomon Gallery di New York. In seguito l’artista ha collaborato con il gallerista e curatore Lance Fung a una serie di sculture Domestic Temples, oggi parte della Sol Lewitt collection.
Le sue opere sono state esibite in numerose occasioni sia in Europa che negli Stati Uniti; tra le altre si ricordano la galleria Annina Nosei e The National Exemplar Gallery di New York, la Galleria Bonomo di Roma e Bari, e le gallerie Faggionato e Tristan Hoare di Londra.
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.