At the ICA, Ceramics is the Star

At the ICA, Ceramics is the Star
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Have you ever thought of ceramics as an instrument capable of transmitting the social and cultural aspects of society? The project Ceramics - on display at the in ICA (Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti), explores the use of this material as an artistic medium, presenting a selection of works spanning the 1900s, all the way to the present day. The event is divided into two specific exhibitions. Equivalenze is the new project by one of the United Kingdom’s most important ceramics artists, Julian Stair, who delves into the functionality of daily objects, their formal qualities, their archetypal purity, through the juxtaposition of varying sizes. Located on the ground floor of the ICA, the itinerary gathers, in fact, typical domestic ceramic pieces but in super-sizes - such as vases and pitchers - along with an equal number of pieces in smaller formats lined up on shelves along the wall. The collective exhibition Verso Nuovi Canoni - Ceramics and Contemporary Art in Great Britain, curated by Tommaso Corvi-Mora, gathers the work of six artists belonging to as many generations: the English artist Sam Bakewell, Lubna Chowdhary, born in Tanzania, the Italian Tommaso Corvi-Mora, and English artists Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Matthew Raw, and Matthew Warner. This second exhibition includes the complexities of varying approaches to ceramic sculpture, lining up works and practices together that are quite different between them. One example are the experiments conducted by Bakewell with Parian porcelain, transformed in tiny multicoloured plinths which seem like Utopian urban landscapes.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano