OPENING NIGHT, FRIDAY 12 APRIL AT 7:30PM.
This is a collaboration between the International Pop-Up Gallery, Spright-Art, and Arthall. The exhibition is centred around the Japanese aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi”: beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” The artists will show sculptures, collages and paintings made with found objects and original mixed media creations. The collection will have a critical approach, questioning what we have been told to see and regard as the “truth”. Participating artists: Be J. Birza, Frances R, Fabrizio Fabbroni and Jeroen Hoekman.
-From 12 April till 5 May 2019.
Wednesday/ Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 10-13 and 16-18
-Address: 8, triq Agius de Soldanis, Victoria, Gozo.
Jeroen Hoekman is the co-founder of Spright-Art. Besides working as gallery director, he also makes time for his own work as potter. His work ranges from classic forms with special glazes, often crystal, to more experimental expressions. Even if the work seems to be made of other materials – wood, readymade objects, foam or plastics – clay can always be found somewhere within or outside the work. His work is inspired by classic earthenware and functional pottery.
Be J. Birza often uses acids and other substances that cause aging processes. Chemical reactions bring about oxidation, weathering and discolouration and thus reinforce the suggestion of impermanence. Be J. Birza effortlessly succeeds in convincingly highlighting the expressiveness of ‘poor art’ years after the heyday of “Arte Povera”. He underlines that the history of worn-out things always remains interesting and in fact is not subject to dating or erosion. His kimono’s are made from found objects and lead sheets.
Frances R presents her works like small windows into a mind that questions the reality of what we have been told to see. Using found objects and pieces of her own “destroyed” paintings, the artist provokes us to abandon our attachment to the “truth”. Ranging from biblical and historical scenes to pictures of our own time. The artist will also show one of the signature surf boards from her popular series: “Maria” (collage of paper/poster/magazine strips on surf board).
Fabrizio Fabbroni is an artist who considers himself an experimenter. He uses any kind of material in order to make changes in the way he presents his art. The thing that fascinates him most is the research before creating his art works. Fabrizio is strongly influenced by the Arte Povera, especially after meeting the masters of the Transavantgarde movement, Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. The works shown in this event challenge the viewer to let go preconceived ideas of intellectual and conceptual art, and return to the emotions behind the form.
Spright-Art started as a hobby that got out of hand, Spright-Art is now developing into a platform for contemporary and modern art. They have left the classic “model” of a gallery behind them and have begun using a wide range of presentation forms to exhibit the work of an international group of artists. Spright-Art currently represents twenty-five artists from the Netherlands, Malta, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and China. Much of their work has already found its way to both public and private collections.
Arthall is a gallery for contemporary and modern art. Located in the heart of Victoria, Gozo, it aims to promote groundbreaking, avant-garde, ironic and provocative art in the Maltese Islands. Come and enjoy the multifaceted exhibitions with local and international artists. Arthall also offer a wide variety of artworks and prices in the online catalogue. Let art find you.