From America to Italy: Art Worth Sharing

When Ric and I were in Florence earlier this year, we noticed an art gallery close to our B&B. I glanced in the window of the gallery just as one of the gallery managers (who is an American expat living in Florence) was opening up for the day. She offered us a private showing.

Have you ever walked into a place and thought of a friend or another artist whose work would fit perfectly in that space? Well, I thought of my brother immediately. I mentioned his work to the gallery manager because all I could think was how great his art would look there! (Then again what art wouldn't look great in Florence, Italy!! haha)

When I was back in the States I shot the gallery manager a "thank you" email and also mentioned the gallery to my brother. Turns out, my instinct worked out quite well. I'm proud to announce that my brother, Adam Marelli, is one of the featured artists from September 26 (grand exhibition opening) through November 30. 

Here is the exhibit information for Tabula Rasa from their wordpress blog:
Tabula Rasa (English translation provided below)

Tabula Rasa è un progetto in fase di elaborazione e comincia il suo percorso dal piano sgombro, per poi essere guarnita con oggetti frugali, contenitori di cibi, di fiori, ornamenti, guarnizioni, rifiniture, complementi ed ancora oggetti che servono per poter vivere una vita di convivialità. La tavola parte rasa, vuota per riempirsi apparecchiata di nuove idee, e non solo per la tavola, ma anche perla vita che si conduce intorno ad essa. Quanto tempo spendiamo ogni giorno intorno ad un tavolo? La tavola apparecchiata dove ci si siede per mangiare, il tavolo da riunioni intorno al quale ci si incontra per discutere o lavorare, la tavola ‘pubblica’ di un ristorante o di una festa dove ci si incontra per condividere un pranzo o un banchetto, il tavolo da gioco punto di svago.

Il tavolo è nella storia dell’uomo il punto di incontro e di scambio tra le persone e spesso rappresentato come un elemento ricco di ornamenti, lavorazioni e decorazioni che lo contraddistinguono e rendono unico e prezioso ciò che accade sopra e intorno.
Tabula Rasa è un work in progress, un laboratorio dove si parte con pochi oggetti e in seguito in vari appuntamenti si completa con tutte le opere degli artisti invitati, con incontri dove viene presentato il nuovo arrivo.

Otto, con questo progetto, con i suoi artisti, designers e artigiani vuole proporre una varietà di interpretazioni del tavolo e degli oggetti che stanno sopra e sotto. In questo periodo storico, pensiamo sia compito di chi elabora progetti e realizza oggetti che ci circondano nel quotidiano, riflettere sulla loro identità e il loro significato, confrontandosi con i temi mutevoli della vita di tutti i giorni. Sono pezzi unici o piccole serie, opere che “ragionano” sulla loro funzione e propongono modi di interpretarla con letture originali e stimolanti.
‘Otto rappresenta esattamente la strada che è possibile percorrere per cercare di fare dell’arte un sistema di vita, portando negli oggetti d’uso quotidiano la Bellezza che dovrebbe caratterizzare la vita sempre. Una bellezza, un’arte, che non rappresentano un accessorio nella vita.’
– Matteo Renzi, Sindaco della città di Firenze

  
Artisti invitati a tabula rasa:
Mauro Lovi – tavoli
Nicola Perilli – oggetti e suppellettili per tavola
Michele Martinelli – tavolo
Christophe Quarena – tavolo
Elia Marzetta – tavolo
Livio Tessandori -tovaglia
Stefano Breschi – oggetti per tavola
Elisabetta Nencini – tavolo
Antonio Lo presti – tavolo
Danilo Trogu – oggetti per tavola
Kitta Martini – oggetti per la tavola
RossoRamina ( federica e stefano) – oggetti per la tavola
Benvenuto Saba – trono in pietra
Vercelli-Giovannini-Bianchi – sottopiatti segnaposti
Adam Marelli – oggetto d’arte
Matthew Licht – menu e ricette

*** English Version ***
TABULA RASA – Work in Progress

Project by Mauro Lovi and Olivia Toscani Rucellai 
Otto luogo dell’arte, Firenze

Grand Exhibition Opening on Wed. Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm
on view until Nov. 30th, 2012

In ancient Rome, a tabula rasa was a small wax tablet that could be erased in order to be written on again. Metaphorically, the concept expresses the clear spirit inside us, which is gradually filled with the sensations we experience.

To make room for further writing (experiences) one must erase the wax tablet, in other words, create a clean slate. Aristotle had an empirical conception of knowledge: the human mind, prior to experience, is a “Tabula Rasa” (a wax tablet, flattened and renewed): prior to sensual experience, there is nothing; according to Aristotle, we derive knowledge through sensual experience.

Our “Tabula Rasa” project (a work in progress) begins with a clear plane, which will gradually be filled with the various planning, artistic, sensual and empirical experiences of the everyday use of things. Frugal objects: food containers, flower pots and vases, ornaments, refinements, complements and other objects needed to live a convivial life. The table starts out cleared, empty, to be set with new ideas; not only for the table, but also for the life conducted around it. How much time do we spend, day in, day out, around a table? The set table where we sit down to eat, the table around which meetings are held, the “public” table at a restaurant or party where we meet to share lunch or a banquet, the gaming table where we keep ourselves amused.
In human history, the table is a meeting-point, a place for exchanges between people, and is often represented as an element rich with ornaments, refinements, work and decorations which distinguish it and make whatever happens upon it or around it unique and precious.

Tabula Rasa is a work in progress, a laboratory which begins with a few objects and gradually, at various times, fills with works by the invited artists, with various meeting-times for when new pieces are presented.

Otto, in this project, with these artists, designers and artisans with which we work, would like to propose a variety of interpretations of the table and the objects above and below it. In this period of history, we think it is up to those who plan projects and create objects which surround us in our everyday lives to reflect on their identity and meaning, face-to-face with the changeable themes of everyday life. They are unique pieces or small series, works which “reason” with their function and propose possible modes of interpretation through original and stimulating readings.


* additional information about Otto 
* additional info about Adam Marelli 

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