After the Hungarian exhibition “Memoriae of a collection” and the Italian one “Voyage en Italie”, Theca Gallery Lugano is pleased to open the Swiss season with the Group Show “White Light | White Heat”.

The show features the following artists: Jonathan Guaitamacchi, Mohsen Taasha Wahidi, Federico De Leonardis, Claudia Scarsella, Debora Barnaba and the latest represented by the gallery: the Japanese Oyha Masaaki.

The use of black and white as an expressive means is the theme of the exhibition. Some of the main topics explored through the exhibition path are summarized within the meanings of empty and full, absence and presence, material and spiritual substance. The expressive media range from Barnaba’s photography to Taasha’s carbon laid on cardboard, here represented with a juvenile artwork preceding the ones related to dOCUMENTA13. Scarsella’s collages in single number edition and Guaitamacchi’s paintings are also shown in this exhibition. Guaitamacchi is introducing in Switzerland the glacier series of photo, based works, as the result of his experience hanging around Engadina during spring time, leaving behind the two, coloured visions of Londra, Milano and Capetown, by exploring the snowy peaks of Morteratsch, Bernina, Cresta Guzza, Diavolezza and capturing the changing light of snow, ice and lakes of the Alps.

The show also includes Masaaki’s works on paper, “mezzotinte” coming from engravings on copperplates, already present in important oriental art museum collections. De Leonardis ends the artistic course with “Genesi della tagliatella”, his first work realized in 1976, a lithography on Japanese paper from which the still actual “Tagliatelle series” was born, rarefied works where music and space break into the audience’s visual scene.

In occasion of this exhibition Theca Gallery is proud to present, thanks to his own editorial strategy, the first edition of “Eclissi”, an art, book that collects De Leonardis thoughts, written at the end of every single “Tagliatella” creation between 1977 and 2013. The book is published in 50 copies only signed by the artist, 10 of them are also enriched with a work “Tagliatella” and available for prestigious collectors only.

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Related images

  1. Oyha Masaaki, Copperplate Prints, 'Drawing' n.28, mezzatinta, 15 x 11 cm, 2011, Theca gallery Lugano
  2. Mohsen Taasha Wahidi, Untitled Black & White, carbone su cartone, 50 x 70 cm, 2009, Theca gallery Lugano
  3. Claudia Scarsella, desiderio di essere all'altezza, collage, 38 x 38cm, 2010, edizione, di, 3 Theca gallery Lugano