texts by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Charlotte Laubard
format: 21 x 28 cm
date of publication: October 2004
images: 97 col. and 6 b/w
The series of catalogues published by hopefulmonster for GAM, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Torino, reserved for artists of the new generation, continues with a monography dedicated to Vedovamazzei for the exhibition held at GAM from October 6 2004 to January 6 2005.
Founded in 1990 Vedovamazzei is the working name of Italian artists Stella Scala and Simeone Crispino. Most of their works evince a familiarity with reality and at first exude a certain seductiveness, mixing humor with a sense for melodrama, they seem to wish to escape from interpretation at whatever the cost. Luminous and rash, heroic and impudent, the oeuvre of Vedovamazzei confronts the violence of the visible with eyes wide open. Their gaze fears neither sun nor death.
The catalogue, that tells deeply about the artistic personality of the duo through their works, some of them published here for the first time, opens with the photographic documentation of the exhibition to tell then through the images the art of Vedovamazzei from 2004 down to 1990, showing installations, video and several watercolours. The book also includes three new works the artists created especially for GAM exhibition: For once in My Life, representing the first murder committed in the world of storks; Bluish, a large glass tube containing a classic chandelier with a few bulb slit; Plank Bed, consisting of three tables of different dimensions hanging above ground and closed in glass shocases which contain them.
The book includes also two essays, one by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and the other by Charlotte Laubard.
Stella Scala was born in Naples in 1964 and Simeone Crispino was born in Frattaminore (Naples) in 1962. They live and work in Milan. Their works has been shown throughout the world in galleries and museums.