ANYA GALLACCIO | la dolce vita
january 27th, 1994 – 6pm
february 24th, 1994
tuesday to saturday, 4-8pm
Anya Gallaccio was born in Glasgow in 1963 and she lives and works in London.
The artist’s activity began in the late 1990s, and is characterised by the use of materials from among the most varied gatherings of the panorama of everyday life, usually organised in the form of installations.
Principally flowers, but also vapour, metals, fruit, rags, wool and chocolate intertwine in the work of Gallaccio with the aim of giving life to settings “in time.” In fact, the presence of organic materials which are susceptible to alterations and decompositions condition the work as an essential variable by putting it in close relationship with the “mutation of things”, with temporal variability, with life and its precariousness. In other ways, her work can easily be seen as embodying the feeling of loss (even resulting from minimal everyday values and rituals) that characterise our time.
Anya Gallacio’s installation is entitled La dolce vita not only in reference to the homage made to our city in her first Italian solo show, but also, in reference to Fellini’s memory, to the type of seemingly “dolce” (sweet) start of the end of things.
ANYA GALLACCIO (born 1963) is a British artist, who creates site-specific, minimalist installations and often works with organic matter (including chocolate, sugar, flowers and ice).
Her use of organic materials results in natural processes of transformation and decay, meaning that Gallaccio is unable to predict the end result of her installations. Something which at the start of an exhibition may be pleasurable, such as the scent of flowers or chocolate, would inevitably become increasingly unpleasant over time. The timely and site-specific nature of her work make it notoriously difficult to document. Her work therefore challenges the traditional notion that an art object or sculpture should essentially be a monument within a museum or gallery. Instead her work often lives through the memory of those that saw and experienced it – or the concept of the artwork itself.
For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.
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