La bava sul cuscino – Sculture funzionali e fantastiche / Functional and fantastic sculptures

La bava sul cuscino – Sculture funzionali e fantastiche / Functional and fantastic sculptures

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La bava sul cuscino – Sculture funzionali e fantastiche / Functional and fantastic sculptures
 
Edited by Caroline Corbetta
published in July 2019
Italian edition
22,8 x 31,2 cm (softcover, riso cover)
52 pages (color ill.)
Fanzine / artist's book
 
Pots, egg-cups, lamps, door knobs, and other mundane objects are transformed by Thomas Braida into imaginative sculptures. In the artist's own words, these are “objects at the limits of functionality, of sense, at the limits of beauty.” Uncanny objects, often zoomorphic, that Braida has derived from his own paintings, thus creating an exhilarating short circuit between reality, representation and imagination.
 
Disney's The Beauty and the Beast, meets Bruce Chatwrin's Utz; Japanese Tsukumogamie meets Borges and Brecht...these “functional sculptures”, commmisioned by the curator Caroline Corbetta to the artist for the show at Le Dictateur, are surreal objects of the kind you can encounter in the R.E.M sleep, during intense dreamlike experiences, that, as the exhibition title suggests, make you drool on our pillow.
 
Limited edition of 100 copies stamp numbered. Each copy is accompanied by an original work stapled to the cover.
 
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Le Dictateur, Milan, from April 6 to 14, 2019.
 
Caroline Corbetta, a mulishly freelance curator, has two happy obsessions: spreading contemporary art among the wider public, or doing “mass vanguard” as she says, and discovering emerging talents—among her "discoveries", Nathalie Djurberg and Ragnar Kjartansson at the time when she was in charged to curate the 2004 Biennale of the Nordic Countries. With her transversal and inclusive look, she passes easily from the artistic direction of an institutional pavilion like Expo Gate, for Expo Milano 2015, to a project like IL CREPACCIO project, a Milanese showcase for young artists that has now left its historical site in order to land on Instagram @ilcrepaccio While collaborating with local art stars Maurizio Cattelan and Francesco Vezzoli, Caroline Corbetta continues to scout young artists; and she takes care of exhibitions and public projects for companies such as Molteni&C and institutions such as the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Performa New York, as well as writing for exhibitions' catalogs and for several magazines, from Vogue Italia to Domus.
 
Thomas Braida (born 1982 in Gorizia, Italy, lives and works in Venice) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 2010. He has exhibited in many institutional spaces such as the Galleria Civica, Modena, the Palazzo della Misericordia in Bergamo and the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice. He has also already attended numerous solo exhibitions such as Solo at Palazzo Nani Bernardo in Venice, on the occasion of the 2017 Biennale, and—together with Valerio Nicolai—two personal double exhibitions in two Roman galleries such as the Galleria Monitor and the Galleria Furini.