barbara | settembre 2nd, 2011 - 09:15

curated by Gloria Porcella and Lamberto Petrecca

Thursday, September 15th

7 pm

Galleria Ca’d’Oro

135 S. San Lorenzo Avenue

Suite 130

Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Committed to bringing Italian art to the U.S., Galleria Ca’ d’ Oro will highlight Camilla Ancilotto’s Original Sin Sculpture and other art works this September. Ancilotto has skillfully united traditional pictorial techniques with interactive elements found in a certain type of contemporary art. Using lively and playful images and colors, she invites the viewer to participate both physically and thoughtfully while viewing her work.

Mounted on a steel frame, hand crafted parallelepipeds and prisms are finished with a stucco surface to which the pigments of oil paint can adhere. Each element rotates to interweave images and shapes gathered from the illustrious repertoire of Italian art history. Emerging in an exultation of color, the reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment comes forth, or a detail from the Sistine Chapel, or a masterpiece by Bronzino or Tiziano; each piece revealing Camilla’s distinct and masterful talent and full command of classic artistic technique. Contemporary icons are also present and never overlooked: some pieces feature President Barack Obama or a reference to James Cameron’s Avatar.

The spectator plays an essential role in releasing the aesthetic phenomenon as he or she actively collaborates in the creation of the image by rotating the parallelepipeds. In the continuing metamorphoses of images, from man to woman to animal and even plant, we can intuit a reference to the timeless struggle between man and nature. In the end, it is the viewer who decides if the human or natural element prevails in the composition, or if an agreement will finally be reached between them in a cosmic fusion of a primary oneness.

Camilla teaches us that reality is not absolute but rather is constantly changing. The foundation upon which we have built our assumptions crumbles and we witness new scenes that inspire reflection giving us the possibility to observe the world from new perspectives. Each of Camilla Ancilotto’s masterpieces is many works in one, a dialogue open to imagination and wonder. Guests will enjoy Camilla’s sculptures and interactivity at Galleria Ca’ d’ Oro’s opening night reception. In true Italian style, Italian wines and light bites will be passed.

Biography: Camilla Ancilotto was born in Rome, Italy on October 14, 1970; she currently lives and work in Rome and Tuscany. In 1993 she began four years of study of art and design at the Institute of Design in Rome and at the School of Ornamental Art in Rome. During her studies she partecipated in a number of student group shows in Rome. In 1997 she came to New York City to study at the New York Academy of Art where she received her MFA. In New York, she partecipated in a group show at the Atmosphere gallery in Chelsea, and passed a competition to exhibit her figurative work at Studio 4 West. She returned to Rome in 2001 and in 2002 she partecipated in the first annual National Competition for Artists at the Baronale di Fondi Castle, where she took fourth prize. In February 2003 she had her first solo show in Rome at the Ca’ d’Oro gallery, Rome. Later in that year, the gallery presented her painting Venus Reclining at the spring show of A.R.G.A.M. – The Association of Roman Contemporary Art Galleries. In March 2004, her work appeared at the triennal show of young artists, the GAI di Vercelli, in Santa Chiara. Her work was exhibited in two group shows in 2006 at the Ca’ d’Oro gallery, the first entitled Bestiario which featured some of the top young artists of Italy, and the second entitled Homage to Rembrand 1606/2006 where her work was featured among the leading artists of Italy including Calabria, Kokocinsky and Guarienti. In 2008 she was invited to show her work at the Davico gallery, Turin. In 2009 her work appeared in two exhibits at the Palazzo Torlonia in Rome entitled Decompositions and Homage to de Chirico, Ca’ d’Oro gallery, Rome. The exhibit Homage to de Chirico, Ca’ d’Oro gallery, Rome, travelled to America in 2010 where it appeared in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. In 2011 she exhibited her work Il peccato originale at the first Biennial of Sculpture in Rome, alongside great artists such as Manzu, de Chirico, Dalì and many others.


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