Caterina Tognon presents Andrea Blum

Caterina Tognon presents Andrea Blum


Andrea Blum (New York 2008)
home on the streer/landscape in the palace project for Palazzo da Ponte, Venice, Italy.
Courtesy: Caterina Tognon for start.

August 31, 2008

Andrea Blum

Curator: Chiara Bertola
12 September 2008 – 1 November 2008
Opening: Thursday, September 11 10pm to midnight

Caterina Tognon for stART
Campo San Maurizio & Palazzo da Ponte
Venice, Italy

On the occasion of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale 2008 Caterina Tognon for start will be inaugurating the show by the New York artist

HOME ON THE STREET, are images of theoretical designs for living projected outside the exhibition space in Campo San Maurizio. They present ideas for affordable urban housing units designed to accommodate the at home freelance worker. Each unit has an area for the necessities of daily living sleeping,eating,living, and working, and gain space by rotating, folding, elevating and sliding.

LANDSCAPE IN THE PALACE is created specifically for stART”s exhibition space in Palazzo Da Ponte,.The artist sets up a dialogue with the architectural pattern of Eighteenth Century Venetian buildings by using the distance between walls as a frame for her drawings. On every wall space and every area above the doors she places visions of “dismantled” architectural structures wrapped in an evanescent and romantic landscape reminiscent of the ruins seen in Eighteenth Century “Capriccios”.

After a first reassuring visual impact on entering the room, the harmonious atmosphere conveyed by the drawings, placed on the wall like wallpaper, begins to break down and fragments into images of deconstructed architecture, strange environments which create unease and alienation.

Andrea Blum was born in New York City and received her education at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has built permanent projects in California, Ohio, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, and Boston, as well as France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and England. She took part in the 51stVenice Biennale in 2005 with her project “Gardens & Fountains”. This work was sited in the heart of the Giardini of the Biennale and employed one of her recurrent themes of staging “sets” for social interactions. In March 2008 at Galerie Insitu/ Fabienne Leclerc , Paris, she presented Babel , an exhibition of “sculpture” and “drawings” which combined the languages of architecture and design to physically and psychologically place the viewer inside the world of nature. Currently on view until 5october at La Maison Rouge/ Fondation Antoine da Galbert is “BirdhouseCafe” a complex aviary designed to also serve as a public café. To find out more:

Caterina Tognon, gallery owner, Paola Tognon, freelance curator of contemporary art, and Gabriele Pimpini, architect, began stART in Venice in 2005.

This cultural association maintains direct links, and undertakes exchange programs, with institutions and public and private bodies in a non-profit making system for proposals involving artists and cultural operators.

stART, with its special projects, is concerned with the visual arts, in particular the interrelationship between the visual arts, architecture, applied art, and contemporary design. To find out more:

2008-9 stART graphic identity project by Jouke Kleerebezem

Caterina Tognon for stART

Campo San Maurizio & Palazzo da Ponte, San Marco 2671, 30124 Venice, Italy.
Tel & Fax 0039.041.5207859

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