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Quest / Kiki Smith
Through Feb 28, 2018 / Raffaella Cortese

Kiki Smith / Surge

Galleria Raffaella Cortese is pleased to announce Kiki Smith‘’s fourth solo show at the gallery, following her recent participation in the 57th Venice Biennale.

Kiki Smith, an American artist originally from Germany, is one of the most prominent figures in the contemporary art world. Since the late 70s her research has been centered on the study of identity and the iconography of women. In the first part of her artistic career Smith explored the themes of loss and death through the representation of the interior of our bodies, turning her attention to organs, cell structures and the nervous system. In the following years, Smith’s work has evolved to include animals, household items and narratives from classical mythology, also giving great importance to femininity in its intimate and social spheres. The artist’s career, which has been developing for nearly four decades, is characterized by a great deal of experimentation both in the choice of techniques – painting, sculpture, design and printing – and in the use of non-traditional materials – from glass to bronze, pottery, porcelain, chalk, paper, latex, hair, beeswax and gold.

 

Kiki Smith / Receive

Kiki Smith / Send

Kiki Smith / Transmission

On the occasion of this exhibition, a number of drawings and sculptures of female faces from 2016 will be on view. The titles of the drawings – Gift, Sense, Utterance, Flurry, Seek, Pathology, Capture, Tilt, Hoping, Future Tense –and those of the sculptures – Send, Surge, Receive, Transmission, Conductor, Foreseen, –suggest actions in progress. Consciousness appears to be projected by the faces, which are present in and have similar physiognomic traits throughout all of the show’s works, except for three of them where a hand, a star and a bird are the protagonists. The actions suggest an exchange, from the interior to the exterior, and vice versa, that doesn’t’t reveal the truth about our being or the destiny that awaits us, by raising questions about how we experience our body and the world, as Smith herself stated: “they are drawings of heads talking and seeing and receiving and hearing and transmitting and wondering in the world”.

 

Kiki Smith / Capture

Kiki Smith / Utterance

Kiki Smith / Gift

In works of both mediums, the lines are broken and interrupted, highlighting a fragility and dematerialization that insistently remind us of the fleeting nature of the human condition. Their narratives combine figurative representation and the cold rigor of formal abstraction to make suspended figures emerge in ethereal and timeless atmospheres. The faces, although they appear fragile, vulnerable and melancholic, reveal a tenacious life force and symbolize the nature of human consciousness. These slender and lonely faces live indefinitely, in a world where rationality and intuition, physicality and invisibility are united.

What emerges is the exploration of a place where sculpture and painting converge, asserting an effort that, following a path that’s as varied as it is consistent, emphasizes a fragmented and fragile, yet always tangible, body. The human condition is the cornerstone of Smith’s analysis, in which death, considered an inevitable conclusion, is seen as an integral part of it.

 

Quest / Kiki Smith
Through February 28, 2018
Galleria Raffaella Cortese / via Alessandro Stradella 4, Milan
For more information please visit the exhibition page >

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Kiki Smith / Surge

Galleria Raffaella Cortese is pleased to announce Kiki Smith‘’s fourth solo show at the gallery, following her recent participation in the 57th Venice Biennale.

Kiki Smith, an American artist originally from Germany, is one of the most prominent figures in the contemporary art world. Since the late 70s her research has been centered on the study of identity and the iconography of women. In the first part of her artistic career Smith explored the themes of loss and death through the representation of the interior of our bodies, turning her attention to organs, cell structures and the nervous system. In the following years, Smith’s work has evolved to include animals, household items and narratives from classical mythology, also giving great importance to femininity in its intimate and social spheres. The artist’s career, which has been developing for nearly four decades, is characterized by a great deal of experimentation both in the choice of techniques – painting, sculpture, design and printing – and in the use of non-traditional materials – from glass to bronze, pottery, porcelain, chalk, paper, latex, hair, beeswax and gold.

 

Kiki Smith / Receive

Kiki Smith / Send

Kiki Smith / Transmission

On the occasion of this exhibition, a number of drawings and sculptures of female faces from 2016 will be on view. The titles of the drawings – Gift, Sense, Utterance, Flurry, Seek, Pathology, Capture, Tilt, Hoping, Future Tense –and those of the sculptures – Send, Surge, Receive, Transmission, Conductor, Foreseen, –suggest actions in progress. Consciousness appears to be projected by the faces, which are present in and have similar physiognomic traits throughout all of the show’s works, except for three of them where a hand, a star and a bird are the protagonists. The actions suggest an exchange, from the interior to the exterior, and vice versa, that doesn’t’t reveal the truth about our being or the destiny that awaits us, by raising questions about how we experience our body and the world, as Smith herself stated: “they are drawings of heads talking and seeing and receiving and hearing and transmitting and wondering in the world”.

 

Kiki Smith / Capture

Kiki Smith / Utterance

Kiki Smith / Gift

In works of both mediums, the lines are broken and interrupted, highlighting a fragility and dematerialization that insistently remind us of the fleeting nature of the human condition. Their narratives combine figurative representation and the cold rigor of formal abstraction to make suspended figures emerge in ethereal and timeless atmospheres. The faces, although they appear fragile, vulnerable and melancholic, reveal a tenacious life force and symbolize the nature of human consciousness. These slender and lonely faces live indefinitely, in a world where rationality and intuition, physicality and invisibility are united.

What emerges is the exploration of a place where sculpture and painting converge, asserting an effort that, following a path that’s as varied as it is consistent, emphasizes a fragmented and fragile, yet always tangible, body. The human condition is the cornerstone of Smith’s analysis, in which death, considered an inevitable conclusion, is seen as an integral part of it.

 

Quest / Kiki Smith
Through February 28, 2018
Galleria Raffaella Cortese / via Alessandro Stradella 4, Milan
For more information please visit the exhibition page >