"In the fog, the sun becomes white, it looks like a hole in the gray
After the solo shows Ogni cosa
a suo tempo, 2011, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo,
and Walden Method, 2010, at MAR – Museo d'Arte della
città in Ravenna, Ettore Favini is present in Milan, at
Marsèlleria, with a new series of works.
manipulator of ideas and objects, thoughts and spaces, Ettore Favini builds
his work within an intimate relationship with history and its relevance. A
reader and interpreter of the social context observed in its complexity
also through public art actions, he creates works and installations of
great poetic and symbolic value. His interventions are organic, in the
sense that they do not remain unchangeable, but rather, transform over time
and in the space in which they react.
Without any mechanical
modification, Favini interrogates time, memory, and the landscape.
The relationship between time, public space, and nature are in fact among
the recurrent themes in his artistic practice, and obsession for time is a
At the source of his new series of works, on display
at Marsèlleria: giving exposure to an invisible phenomenon,
attempting to give shape to time, to narrate it, through a process that has
lasted a year.
A year dedicated to observing the guiding star:
Observing the solar analemma (the technical term of the
Sun's movement across the sky) restores a shape that is similar to an 8,
the lemniscate of mathematics, the symbol of infinity.
years now, the artist has been using processes that lead to extended
incubation, in order to better "digest" the process of making: for this
series, Favini aimed some cameras on the Sun with a special sun filter and
took a picture at the same time (12:15) established by a calendar, always
with the same frame, with the risk that all this waiting could be in vain
due to a ray of light that could filter in and burn the frames.
The result is an 8 suspended in a black sky, the form of
infinity in the void, a shape that has continued for years now and will
continue, marking our time with the calendar.
Opening the show
SunRa is a work on canvas and an action dedicated to Io che
prendo il sole a Torino il 19 gennaio 1969, by Alighiero Boetti.
Visitors them enter a flow of forms and images, a process where the display
elements have been directly transformed by the sun or refer to processes
tied to the natural element. An investigation aimed at the multiple aspects
this may assume, also in relation to history. This multiplicity is also
present on a linguistic level: sculpture, collage, installation are all
media used by the artist in constant dialogue with each other.
Ettore Favini (Cremona 1974) has reached
his fifth solo show in Milan. In 2012 he will participate in Manifesta
(Hidden Place and Identity, curated by Michela Sacchetto) and at
Futura Project, in Prague. He has won numerous awards, including: in 2006
the Premio Artegiovane "Torino e Milano incontrano l'Arte"; in 2007 he won
the prestigious Premio New York at Columbia University in New York; in 2009
he was a finalist for the Premio per gli Amici del Castello di Rivoli. In
2012 he will be an artist-in-residence at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation,
New York/Umbertide (Perugia-Italy).
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