2014.10.16 (Thu) - 2015.01.12 (Mon) @ Cafe 104.5
TANA Gallery Bookshelf is pleased to announce a new exhibition by "conceptual artisan" Alice Tomaselli, an Italian artist born in Milan and now based in Tokyo, at cafe 104.5 in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. "Bianca" is her first solo exhibition in Japan and introduces her minimalistic chenille fabric pieces and other works.
Alice Tomaselli was born in Milan in 1982. A core member of Lucie Fontaine’s entourage (an artist collective she co-founded in 2007 as her second art identity), Tomaselli studied painting at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. From 2008 to 2009, she was in charge with the program of Lucie Fontaine art space in Milano, co-organizing solo shows and projects by young Italian artists, an activity that she continues since 2013 at Lucie Fontaine's satellite space in Tokyo, where she is currently based.?
Tomaselli has been an artist-in-residence at the Dena Foundation in Paris and a student at the Mountain School of Art (MSA^) in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo and Perrotin gallery in Paris, Museum Culture Strombeek in Ghent, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea in Monfalcone, Lucie Fontaine’s temporary satellite at Iaspis in Stockholm, Marianne Boesky in New York, Brown in Milan.
A genuine ‘conceptual artisan’, Alice Tomaselli has developed a keen eye for the idea of 'craft' - a topic she analyzes through her personal agenda, which means being an Italian woman living between Tokyo, Dovera (Italy), and Los Angeles -, her work being easily regarded as both illustration and subtle speculation on the practice of painting. Trained as a visual artist in Italy within a context that is individualistic and dominated by machos, the artist never abandoned her roots, remaining the daughter of a southern Italian woman who owns an art supplies store in one of the most depressed areas outside Milan, where she organizes workshops for women who want to learn the art of craft. All these datums have increased her interest in painting as a human activity, a tool for manipulating time, and a potential cure for her obsession with death. With neither distinction nor prejudice towards themes and materials, her practice spans from traditional dyeing techniques, to contemporary design, from curatorial labor, to projects conceived for kids. But Tomaselli's research is always expanding towards new and unexpected territories, investigating the contemporary meaning of ‘making’, the boundaries of identity, and the multifaceted role of the contemporary artist.
Allice Tomaselli (Sabot Gallery)