The solo show of Silvia Argiolas is rounding up the year at the Burning Giraffe Art Gallery, while it beautifully announces the new exhibition circle at the Turin based venue. A collection of thirty paintings, enigmatically titled Vases and Snakes, is made on canvas and paper especially for the show. Silvia Argiolas’ artworks are born out of the sensibility of a deep and sensitive soul, able to expose both herself and the society we all live in.
Poetics of Silvia Argiolas
Painter Silvia Argiolas is born in Cagliari in 1977 and she currently lives and works in Milan. Today, Argiolas is one of Italy’s most interesting emerging artists presenting numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad. Notable shows include Arrivi e partenze at Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona, curated by A. Fiz and W. Gasperoni (2008); Whaleless at Strichinin Gallery in London, curated by G. Cervi (2009); Italian Newbrow at Civic Picture Gallery Palazzo Volpi in Como, curated by I. Quaroni (2012); Solo Show at Robert Kananaj Gallery in Toronto (2013 e 2015); PanoRama at Burning Giraffe Art Gallery in Torino, curated by O. Gambari (2015); Di carne e di nulla at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milano , curated by L. Beatrice (2016); All Flesh is Grass at Ateliermultimedia Galerie in Vienna, curated by D. Russo (2016).
Last year, Burning Giraffe Art Gallery presented a collection of Argiolas’ surreal drawings within the group exhibition that traced the heritage of the great Carol Rama. Forthcoming Argiolas’ solo show includes mature and intimate evolution of Rama’s living heritage in the media of painting, drawings and mixed technique. The artist’s new body of work is composed out of beautiful and vibrant shades of colors and particular figuration able to combine introspective and expressionistic approach.
The Dichotomy of Vases and Snakes
Vases and Snakes holds the emblematic title, evoking the strong symbolism, intimate and loaded with eroticism, a trait found within each of the exhibited works. Silvia Argiolas plays with sensuality and sexuality, sometimes openly or just decently suggested between the lines. On the poetics of Argiolas, curator Domenico Russo wrote “With Vases and Snakes Silvia Argiolas stretches the Symbolism’s tendons to their maximum hardening, revealing the inextricable weaving which leads the subject to the search of the object of his own pleasure”. In this new series of works, pale and simple everyday objects meet the sexual and dreamlike exuberance, exceeding any form of citation and influence of Carol Rama, maintaining the warmth and the intimacy, which, according to seminal psychologist William James, pervades our deepest sensations and memories.
Vases and Snakes at Burning Giraffe Art Gallery
Silvia Argiolas’s solo show Vases and Snakes curated by Domenico Russo runs from 1st December, 2016 to 21st January, 2017 at Burning Giraffe Art Gallery, Via Eusebio Bava, 8/a, Torino, Italy. Vernissage is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.