Noa Noa is the group exhibition of the Noa Noa Art Residency – Project supported by Martina’s Gallery – that took place from 1st to 17th July and saw as main guests: Agostino Iacurci, Ricky Lee Gordon, Moneyless and Federico Tosi.
Noa Noa will display the artworks of these artists that, inspired by the place are now trying to express themselves through paintings, drawings, wallpainting and site specific art installation in the most typical landscape of Bali among rice field and waterfalls. The artists tried to get as close as possible to the Indonesian culture, discovering the island of Bali and started very soon a dialogue with themselves and the environment developing the following projects:
Agostino Iacurci, born in Foggia in 1986. Lives and works in Berlin. He shows a series of paintings on recycled paper made with his modus operandi. Iacurci, by synthesizes shapes and uses colors inspired by the environment, traces synoptics profiles of the nature obtaining a series of drawings very recognizable for their rigorously simple language. Takes structures from nature and give them back as an art drawing. After this first series, he decides to act on the territory choosing to replace the same shapes on rest-houses in the rice-fields, an artwork in the most typical context.
Federico Tosi, born in Milan in 1988. Lives and works in Milan. Wandering about with pencil and sketchbook, Tosi explores deep down the Indonesian jungle and realizes a series of fast-drawings on papers, extremely detailed and evocative. With his direct and clean mark he successfully analyzes both the details and the wide landscapes that nature presents here. Tosi catches the least tourist aspect of this island, the hidden one of a population ever increasing and in development. You might commonly think to get to Bali and get lost between temples and untouched natural environment, but the truth is that the population density in South Bali is crazy and picturesque. The streets are flooded with mopeds with their rowdy horns and smog, it is necessarily ethnographical. Encouraged by this chaos Tosi decided to make one sticker with antithetical explicit and provocative graphic.
Moneyless, born in Milan in 1980. Lives and Works in Lucca. He displays a tryptic on paper made with his usual interaction between shapes, space and colors using paint cans and stencils, Moneyless proceed layer by layer and using transparencies. He decide to spend only a few days in studio research, prefers to focus on finding perfect spots for installations. He moves from 2D to 3D by creating solid shapes that fluctuates over the most amazing Bali’s scenery. By pulling white wool threads, supported by transparent strings and spikes, in the middle of the jungle, in front of waterfalls and thick vegetation, vivid geometrical shapes rises up. He obtains diminished shapes, but he’s conceptually far from willing to keep it a simple ensemble of lines.
Ricky Lee Gordon, born in Johannesburg in 1984. Lives and Works in Los Angeles. Ricky’s poetics has many aspects in common with the philosophy behind this art residency and with the Indonesian culture, for example his experience in meditation and Dharma (Buddhist teachings for the universal law of nature). Ricky has always been exploring the nature of non-duality and interconnectedness, decides to display two large canvases which became then an appendix, of a larger wallpainting which he found engrossed by nature along the coast line of Balia together with site specific interventions using flags made from bamboo and trash bags to represent the colonization of land. He places white flags where nature is left untouched as a symbol of gratitude and recognition and in landscapes where man has manipulated nature he places black flags as a symbol of misapprehension and shame. Ricky finds in Bali the perfect place to explore and investigate the relationship between man and nature and through his art express that nature and man is not separate.