Nico Vascellari/Ian Tweedy

17 Jan - 14 Feb 2009

Monitor is pleased to announce the opening of its new space in Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, right in the historic centre of Rome.
The gallery’s new premises will be inaugurated on Saturday January 17th with two solo shows of works by Nico Vascellari and Ian Tweedy, who have both worked on strongly site-specific new projects.
Tinged with mystery and magic, the new series of works by Nico Vascellari were conceived on a cold night in the square of Mamoiada, in Sardinia, during the Mamuthones procession. The sizeable body of works presented by Monitor in fact derive from the ashes of the fire that burnt the artist’s large installation at Nuoro’s MAN in September 2007. In a layout inspired by the legendary wunderkammers, the exhibition space will display ceramic sculptures of those charred sections of the work that escaped the flames, a nucleus of aluminium sculptures inspired by the makeshift lamps in the artist’s studio and a video work shot with a camera constantly rotating around a bonfire until its total extinguishment.
Without a Glimmer of Remorse is the title chosen by Ian Tweedy for his Rome debut. This young American artist, who has been living in Italy for some time, declares that this exhibition is a kind of tribute to his “past as a vandal”. During his adolescence Tweedy in fact performed a considerable quantity of graffiti throughout Rome, experimenting with a lifestyle that was free and unconventional. Almost ten years later the artist has returned to the Italian capital with a series of works that stand as a tribute to this past period in his life, which he says “contributed radically to my forging and making me what I am now”. The body of works featured in the show make up a varied complex and varied itinerary through the employment of a number of mediums such as wall drawing, sculpture, photography and painting.

Nico Vascellari, Selected solo shows: 2009 Hilary Crisp Gallery, London/Los Angeles (upcoming); 2007 Untitled, MAN, Nuoro; Revenge, 52nd Venice Biennale; 2006 Cuckoo, ViaFarini, Milan; Io Ballo da solo, Monitor, Rome; Selected group show: 2009 Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (upcoming); 2008 My Space, PAN, Naples, Manifesta 7, Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Rovereto; Soft Cell, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Monfalcone; 15sima Quadriennale di Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Apocalittici e integrati, Maxxi, Rome

Ian Tweedy, Selected solo shows: 2008 I’ll Meet You at the Rendezvous GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; 2007 It’s Only a Matter of Time, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano; 2006 History out of Context, Prometeogallery, Milan; Selected group show: 2008 Triennale di Torino, 50 Moons of Saturn, Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Same Democracy, Neon>Campobase, Bologna; 2007 Der Prozess, Prague Biennale 3, Prague; Cities from Below, Fondazione Teseco, Pisa


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