Cripta747 is thrilled to present researches and works developed in Studio by the artists Thomas Braida, Matthew Galloway and Fabien Marques during their stay in Turin on June.
Thomas Braida (Italy, 1982. Lives and works in Venice).Braida's practice, rather than methodological or erudite, could be described as creative and directly related to painting. In his works the artist uses a multiplicity of signs to reinterpret the modernity, and to disclose it, by means of ancient keys to understanding, in its continuous returns and mistakes, connecting them to mythical or brand new figures.Speaking about his approach to painting, Braida is used to divide the creative process into three phases. First of all the impressions: discovering a story, a myth, a beautiful painting, a present event, even a small one, but very meaningful for him. Second, the gesture drawn and fixed on paper in one go. Finally he expands the sign, making it a canvas, a sculpture, going deeper, adding ideas, information, levels of reading and colours.In these steps, everything that happens around him is important, it is a never ending research, not obsessive, but quite natural. Just certain things come to meet others. He looks for them, and find them.
Matthew Galloway (New Zealand, 1985, lives and works in Dunedin).Galloway's research at Cripta747 is focused on the defunct Nebiolo Type Foundry. Located only 800 m. away from the Cripta747 Studio, and now operating as a local government office, the semi-derelict Nebiolo factory acts as an artefact of the industrial miracle of mid-20th Century Italy.The company’s abrupt closure in 1978 due to an inability to adapt to new printing technologies also acts as a cautionary tale of what becomes of the outmoded factory. Every factory leaves some sort of legacy of production, and in the case of Nebiolo, it is the typefaces produced by its creative studio. These typefaces act as a visual language for the social and political climate in which they were created, while also being open to new contexts and connotations as they continue to be used by designers today in digital forms. In his practice the artist uses the tools and methodologies of design to investigate issues of identity, understanding of place, and the political implications of both. From this starting point,He is working with local typographers, archivists, former Nebiolo employees and academics to make a publication of writing, research and interviews to examine the legacy and life of the typefaces created by the foundry throughout the early and mid-20th Century.
Fabien Marques (France, 1982, lives and works in Udine).Marques' practice is based on research about new or hidden territories and stories, and it is the result of collaborations with professionals outside the art field such as archaeologists, historians, architects or workers. The project developed in residence starts from the activities led by the IZSTO (Istituto Zooprofilattico del Piemonte (located few meters away from Cripta747), in particular the surveillance over the potential risk of new food is what interests him the most.Food history shows that eating habits have evolved in Europe over the centuries. Evolution of tastes, technical innovations and openness to new ingredients have shifted our taste to so-called “exotic” ingredients. Nevertheless, the integration of new food has always been connected to control, and several paranoias over the spreading of bacteria and the proliferation of diseases resulted in an increased protection on food heritage and health.Due to the increasing penetration of new products in the food market, the UE has established new food regulations.The issues of food surveillance and security are an interesting phenomenon in a globalized economy. Moreover, it is difficult not to think about this topic in relation to the current turmoil of European politics on migration.
The researches of the artists in Studio on April were accompanied by Giovanni Rendina (1991). Independent curator, he studied at Chelsea College of Arts and he is currently a Phd student in Public Resource Management and Innovation at Università del Molise. Recent curated projects include: A slump, Andrew Mealor, Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio, Bologna 2017. Do you come here often?, Mattia Pajè, Ponte Sanguinario, Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, 2017. Cassata Drone, g. olmo stuppia, Maria D Rapicavoli, Raqs Media Collective, Stefano Cagol, Palermo capitale della Cultura, 2018. Shutter, Rob Chavasse, Tripla, Art City, Bologna 2019.
Cripta747 would like to thanks Galleria Monitor for the support of Thomas Braida's residency; Archivio Tipografico and Il Letterista for their precious collaboration with Matthew Galloway; Alliance Française of Torino and the Istituto Zooproﬁlattico Sperimentale del Piemonte for the support and the time dedicated to Fabien Marques's research.