Curated by Antonello Tolve
11 June – 30 July 2016
Opening night : Friday 10 June 2016, 7pm
Galleria Paola Verrengia presents Vuoti d’ombra, a solo showby Rosy Rox, curated by Antonello Tolve, on 10 June 2016 at 7 pm.
Since the beginning of her career, the artist Rosy Rox (Naples, 1976) , has carried out artistic research on the themes of life and loss, the consistency and inconsistency of body and time, using various languages and instruuments. These include sculptures, drawings, installations but especially performances in which she is currently one of the most interesting, leading figures. “A subtle game of allusions over the years has brought Rosy Rox to alternate narcissistic images of her own body in an exposition of her simulacra, to progressively extend to symbols and metaphors connected with it” (Eugenio Viola, 2016).
In 2012 she won first prize in the national competition for young artists “Un’Opera per il Castello” promoted by the special Soprintendenza for the museums in Naples. Her workcalled “Tempo interiore” is a “cutting” clock made up of three hands/ knife blades of different sizes, attached to the old clock face in Piazza d’Armi of Castel Sant’Elmo. She has also exhibited in various public and private institutions in Italy and abroad.
In her solo show Vuoti d’ombra, Rosy Rox – who has worked with Galleria Paola Verrengia since 2009 – “invites the spectator on a new journey among variable, metallic shadows”(text Antonello Tolve),where her works are exhibited together in a play of shadow between a recent yesterday and today. It starts with Credo (2013), a fan made of razor blades, one of her so called ‘cruel objects’, moving on to works dedicated to concepts of time and shadow with the sculptures Soffio Vitale (2016), Corpo d’ombra (2016), the drawings in the series Ombre di memoria (2015-2016), accompanied by some photos of her recent performance Frammento archetipo, realized and produced by the Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio a Lucca (May 2016).
Her new installation Vuoti d’ombra (2016) – which is the title of this show created for the occasion- is inspired by a study of the passing of time through the mechanism of a sundial, in particular the French version. The wall model, realized in alluminium ,steel and iron, de-signs in a “cutting” way an hour/shadow, provoked by artificial light, of present time captured in a specific place, the gallery.
Shadow for Rosy Rox, as an image, is the guardian of what she projects and becomes a duplicate of it. It is the ‘dark side’, which like a doppelgänger, in the sense of someone who walks beside us, is placed alongside the reality represented.
“Like a daydream […] which imagines escape, or resemblances and appearances paradoxically tangible and enjoyable, Rosy Rox’s new project, dedicated to empty spaces, is an elegant investigation of the metamorphoses of things, of symbols and metaphors which spangle are daily life, of fragments of a cruel topia which become talks of love, lightness, levity, liberty” (text Antonello Tolve).
Rosy Rox (Napoli, 1976) lives and works in Naples.
Selection of principal performances, solo and group shows:
Frammento archetipo, Performance. Associazione culturale dello Scompiglio, Lucca (2016); Corpo d’Ombra, Palazzo Caracciolo, Napoli (2016); Monumento di Passaggio, Performance. Curated by Adriana Rispoli, Scala Filangieri Montesanto Q.I, Napoli (2015); Please return to You, Performance. Ex Macello, curated by IGAV, Navigli, Milano (2015); Il dono, Performance al Museo delNovecento, Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli (2014); Sex, money and power, Maison Particuliere art center, Brussels, Belgio (2013); V. Premio Fondazione VAF – Current Positions in Italian Art, curated by Silvia Holler, Norbert Nobis Peter Weiermair, Klaus Wolbert (2012); Corpus. Arte in azione, curated by Adriana Rispoli and Eugenio Viola, Museo d’arte Contemporanea Donna Regina – MADRE Napoli (2012); L’intervallo necessario – artisti in dialogo con Gillo Dorfles, curated by Antonello Tolve and Stefania Zuliani, Archivio dell’architetture contemporanea, Salerno (2011); 6th edizione Bologna Art First “Se un viaggiatore d’inverno” curated by Julia Draganovic, site specific, Bologna (2011); Tenth International Biennial of Miniature Art, Cultural Centre Gornji Milanovac, Serbia (2010); Lotus Flower, Galleria Paola Verrengia, Salerno (2009); Lunatiche. Erotica Eretica Eroica, curated by Antonello Tolve, Chiesa dell’Addolorata Complesso Monumentale di Santa Sofia, Salerno (2009); Sistema Binario, curated by Eugenio Viola and Adriana Rispoli, Mergellina station, Napoli (2008); Gravity, Ernesto Esposito Collection, Artium, Vitoria, Spagna (2008); Torture, with Changing Role, IMPULSE, Miami, USA (2007); Dangerous Beauty, curated by di Manon Slome, PAN Palazzo delle Arti, Napoli (2007); Wonderwoman, Museo Città della Scienza, Napoli (2006); Stark Rot, Palazzo Cellammare, Napoli (2005); Those Misunderstood, Università Federico II, curated by Adriana Rispoli and Eugenio Viola, Capua, Caserta (2005); HP, Hype Gallery, Milano (2005); Rame Rapiscimi, Changing Role Project, Napoli (2004); Forma e Colore, Fonopoli, curated by Giusy Caroppo, Roma (2004); Delirio, curated by Giusy Caroppo, Castello Svevo di Trani, Bari (2003); Spur, Spurung Gallery, Krefeld, Germania (2001); Tracce di un seminario, curated by Angela Vettese e Giacinto Di Pietrantonio Via Farini Exibition, Milano (2000); Final Work, curated by Angela Vettese and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2000); Christian, Ibridazioni, Ciclo interzone, Associazione Zenit, Torino (1999).