VITRINE is delighted to present Italian London-based artist Ludovica Gioscia’s rst solo exhibition in Switzerland. Exploring a new dimension of Gioscia’s ‘In nite Present’ ecosystem, the exhibition brings together new works in ceramic, papier-mâché, fabric and found materials that re ect the rural landscape.
The ‘In nite Present’ is Gioscia’s modus operandi, which re ects the new temporalities that have emerged withinthe digital revolution. It has led to a studio practice that is constantly being reconsidered and renegotiated, inwhich the past, present and future in nitely coexist. As such, Gioscia describes her studio as having become “a magical location in which artworks from the future and from other dimensions appear, and past creations arede-assembled and reconsidered.”
Gioscia’s installations and sculptures have to-date explored the rich layering of cultural debris within our cities; for ‘The Tenderness of Insects’ she turns our attention to the intelligence of plants and their sophisticated ecosystems and networks of communication. Gioscia sees artworks as being alive, hence constantly evolving. Infused with a sort of animism, the creations stem from a deep enjoyment of working with materials. It therefore came naturally for her to look to the rural environment and the rich ora and fauna that surrounded her during a recent period of time spent on the grounds of La Boissière, Charente, in rural southwest France on the residency, Launch Pad LaB.
The traces of the artist’s collaborations and experiments with nature over this period are woven throughout this new body of work. Perhaps most evident within her new ceramics, in which the impressions of a 200-year-old oak tree’s bark is engraved into the surface of the local produced clay, in a process which the artist describes as ‘empathic frottages’. Fragments from the environment, including petals, dried grasses, branches, and drops of vibrational remedies, such as Bach owers, make their way into other works in papier-mâché, wallpaper and fabric, further re ecting the elds and owers in the area through her choice of colour palette.
‘The Tenderness of Insects’ brings these new works together into a series of new site-responsive assemblages within VITRINE’s unique exhibition space located in a urban outdoor setting and viewable 24/7 from the public square. As we confront global warming, one of the most de ning issues of our time, Gioscia brings the energyof a rural ecosystem into the gallery space, and more crucially the city. She encourages us to consider plants as intelligent beings and the healing properties that accompany them, and to turn to Mother Nature herself for guidance.
Special thanks to Launch Pad LaB.
Dedicated to Heinz, who loved trees.
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