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International exhibitions Silvano Tessarollo, AB23, Firenza

Silvano Tessarollo
AB23, Firenza (Italy)

28.09 - 28.10.2012










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Silvano Tessarollo will present a site specific exhibition at AB23 space. Supporting the contemporary art scene since several years, Vignato Foundation for Art promotes a programme of exhibitions and events aimed at giving voice to the territory and to examples representing its multi-faceted identity.

With If the kernel doesn't die — the show that Silvano Tessarollo (Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, 1956) specifically created for AB23 (ex church of S.S. Ambrogio and Bellino, exhibtion space of the Municipality of Vicenza)—the Foundation wants to continue its vocation of combining spaces with figures of primary interest for this context.

Curated by Julia Draganović and Elena Forin – LaRete Art Projects, and in collaboration with the Municipality of Vicenza, the exhibition consists of two installations with a strong evocative character and a poetic presence: "if the kernel doesn't die" originates from the analysis of the silent and sacred identity of the church space.

Concentrating on site-specific themes and on their action of time, Tessarollo articulated on these aspects his extraordinary unique language. His works show a territory and a space overwhelmed by an unknown past event that has left deep indelible traces.

Loneliness and a feeling of abandonment melt in both cases with signals that give a sense of hope: scrap irons and remains of pneumatic tyres lie on a brick wall. An abandoned bicycle lies on a dried up uneven field. In this apocalyptic scene, giving the sensation of a just passed catastrophic happening, a small water drop draws on the wall the passing time, while a breath of wind suddenly blows through the night of the dried up field, making the bicycle wheel go round and lighting up the small faint lamp.

If the kernel doesn't die synthesises Tessarollo's themes and visual forms through its inquiry on time, its gazing on a rhythmical nature, its articulation of life and reflection of the passing by of history, with a physic force and an environmental vision. Through this experience, his work reached a further important level of maturity.












Exhibition 28 September –28 October 2012. AB23 (ex church of SS. Ambrogio and Bellino) Contrà S. Ambrogio, 23 6 36100 Vicenza (Italy). T. +39 (0)4 44 30 15 19. Hours: Thu–Fri, 4–7pm. Sat–Sun, 10:30–12:30pm & 4–7pm.









Silvano Tessarollo, If wheat never dies, 2012. Video, sounds, earth, bicycle, electric motor, water vaporizer, environmental installation. Courtesy Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia.

Silvano Tessarollo, If wheat never dies, 2012. Video, sounds, earth, bicycle, electric motor, water vaporizer, environmental installation. Courtesy Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia.


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