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“Materia Abscondit” by Elias Naman and Michela Crisostomi

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“Materia Abscondit” by Elias Naman and Michela Crisostomi

23 March 2023 @ 19:00 - 23 April 2023 @ 21:00

Portions of bodies, fragments of faces, details of sinuous backs, intertwined hands, interrupted busts. These are the elements conceived by the artistic imagination of two distinct artists from different backgrounds in education, origin, research and artistic expression. A sculptor and a painter are merged in the exhibition “Materia Abscondit.”

Elias Naman, a sculptor of Syrian origin who works only with his bare hands and a chisel, transforming blocks of Carrara marble into the noblest stone whose history echoes through the centuries. Alternatively, Michela Crisostomi is a skilled painter of Abruzzese origin, who paints her canvases as if they were ancient walls, covering them with thick layers of mortar, a material that was used for the creation of frescoes, and applying metal residues and inscriptions.

The primordial inspiration that unites these two artists is revealed in the constant dialogue between past and present, in a relationship between tradition and modernity that leads the viewer to transcendent imagery. Both artists have assimilated the values of masters of the past and, through the ideal of beauty inherited from classical antiquity, create a dialogue with the contemporary world made of zooms and rapid framing.

Although made with different methods, the work of the two artists is intertwined and conditioned by the material they work with: marble blocks and mortar on canvas. These elements inspire the artists to continuously develop ideas that are only tangible with the execution of the work.

Starting from a datum that is legible to everyone, but which not everyone sees, they lead us to a level beyond the ordinary.

Faced with a “mute” matter, their sensibility is able to lead them back to a memory or a feeling to which they give form in a bust, a back, a breast.

Naman makes no drawing or model but indulges in his unusual affinity with the cold material to reveal what it conceals. Crisostomi acts on the canvases to transform them into walls from which trapped figures emerge.
The works are conceived as if they were found: “Materia Abscondit” is, in fact, the exhibition dedicated to rediscovery.

From stone and mortar, universal figures emerge; figures lightened by layers, freed from the veil of illusions; figures that become emblems of introspection and self-awareness; figures once again able to see clearly their own only true essence.

The works on display speak to us of the need to tear away “the veil,” to find oneself and reveal oneself.




23 March 2023 @ 19:00
23 April 2023 @ 21:00
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