Marta Sforni, N.O.W.

Preview 14 November 2013, 6:30 pm
15 November – 21 December 2013

The Galleria Riccardo Crespi presents N.O.W., a solo exhibition by the artist Marta Sforni comprising her recent production, from monotypes to a selection of oils on canvas.

Marta Sforni’s work takes its cure from the history of decoration and finds concrete expression in forms that break up, becoming fragmentary and abstract: an intimist and psychological space, symbol of the decadence of our time.

In her works the artist constructs broad allegories in which reflection on the notion of beauty is mixed with an almost contemplative repetition and – as an Italian who has moved to Berlin – shows the distance she has had to move from her background in order to reappraise her own cultural heritage.

Each element in Marta Sforni’s works is a fragment. A constellation of objects that once formed part of an ideal aesthetic system which it is now impossible to rediscover, except through an investigation of the fragments themselves. In this way each object becomes a segment of a more complex discourse, a starting point for an examination of the present moment in history and a reflection on ornamentation.

In Marta Sforni’s work the decorative element becomes symbolic and the theme of the mirror and the notion of time recur in a never-ending search that rummages through the history of art from Leon Battista Alberti to Titian, from Klimt to Matisse and Morandi, and then all the way to Frank Stella and Philip Taaffe.

On display on the lower floor of the gallery is a collection of works on canvas of various dimensions, whose subjects – chandeliers, glassware, fabrics – have been specially chosen by the artist to bring into focus the concept of glazing and underline the importance of an ideal of transparency: according to Marta Sforni, in fact, the use of glaze makes it possible to reinvent the role of the patina removed and to think of time as if it were a symbolic shadow.

The exhibition is completed by a series of monotypes, printed with a hundred-year-old German press on Hahnemühle paper, a genuine exercise with darkness.