Artists: Daniela Novello e Patrizia Novello
Date: October 5th, 2019/November 30th, 2019
Opening: Saturday, October 5th, 2019 @6PM

On 5th October, at MARTINASGALLERY, opens the exhibition Tell me the story by Daniela Novello and Patrizia Novello.

The two artists – a sculptor and a painter – present the most recent cycle of works created ad hoc and they exhibit them for the first time. The project, curated by MARTINASGALLERY, was born from the desire to investigate the combination of presence and absence, a theme which is widely explored in their research. The works – similar, but independent – show elements and forms that are perfectly recognizable and referable to the human being However, the human body never appears: it’s like a silent presence through absence.

The canvases and sculptures on display suggest a story, recall a memory, tell a place so they are able to evoke a feeling. Tell me the story becomes the natural request expressed by the viewer to the artists.

With her sculptures – which we could define classic, both for the materials and for the scrupulous attention to the formal aspect of the work and the manual know-how – Daniela tells us about a human presence, using some objects and elements of everyday life. She reconstructs a domestic environment made of lead so that the visitors can pretend to enter someone else’s house and can experience to stay in someone’s private spaces. While walking around a living room with armchair and carpet, visitors will feel guarded by an intangible yet very concrete human presence.

In her canvases Patrizia investigates the feelings of distance and closeness in a sentimental relationship, inserting autobiographical notes. The words, carefully painted in each work, create the suggestion of a dialogue and involve the viewer within the story mentioned by the artist. The exhibition itinerary alternates between questions and statements that sound definitive.

Tell me the story is able to reach its aim of dealing with the absence of human presence, recreating a setting through Daniela’s sculptures and Patrizia’s pictorial narrations.

Daniela Novello
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