Analog Dialogues - Conversation through Making. At Istituto Caterina da Siena

Milan gallery show: Gala Fernandez / Analog Dialogues – Conversation through Making. At Istituto Caterina da Siena

Ready pieces for the Milan show: Gala Fernandez / Analog Dialogues  - Conversations through Making. During Milan Salone 2017 and Miart, Milan Art Fair.

Ready pieces for the Milan show: Gala Fernandez / Analog Dialogues – Conversations through Making. During Milan Salone 2017 and Miart, Milan Art Fair.

GALA FERNANDEZ / ANALOG DIALOGUES – CONVERSATIONS THROUGH MAKING
@ Istituto Caterina da Siena
Viale Lombardia, 89
Press & PV Cocktail: 31 March, 2pm-9.30pm
Thereafter: 3-9 April, 10am-5pm

ANALOG DIALOGUES – CONVERSATIONS THROUGH MAKING was curated by designer Gala Fernández (ES) and Marion Friedmann: a highly collaborative exhibition including a workshop with students from the Fashion and Graphics school Istituto Caterina da Siena in Milan and other artists & designers from different parts of the world. Fernández and the architect & designer Eleanora Guidotti (IT) entered into dialogues of making and creating with the students and the materials they worked with (glass and textiles). Over the course of 10 days those partners together created an immersive light installation, called ANALOG WEB, mounted in the stunning labyrinthic vaults of the school, which were before never seen by the public. Magic glass-spheres blown beforehand in Murano – through a dialogue between Fernandez and the glass blower-duo Carlo and Emmanule Colizza (glass workshop Antichi Angeli, Murano, Venice) – were woven into an `analog web´ of knitted fabrics, using the extraordinary technique developed by designer Eleanora Guidotti. Gala Fernández also brought `Sweet and Sour Series´ – her new ceramic lamps – to Milan which she created in dialogue with ceramicist María de Andrés (ES). The workshop of María in Madrid further collaborated with artist David Trullo (ES) for the creation of `Proserpina´, his candleholders made from discarded pottery.

Gala Fernández further entered into dialog with illustrator Giorgia Ricci (IT), Davide Fichera
and Lorena Serrano from eyewear brand Nina Mûr (ES), collage artist Ramón Tormes (ES), photographer Ciuco Gutiérrez (ES), Lucía Bermejo (ES) from design brand Videgreniers, display designer Marco Bernardelli (IT), designer Anna Fabrizi and Gloria Mayeli from Arta ceramics (IT), Pepa Mendoza & Michael Fischer from Feltum (MEX) and the unforgettable Ettore Sottsass, who inspired her for `Caro Ettore´, a sculptural marble set designed to be played with.

ANALOG DIALOGUES was full of play and wonder. It referred on one hand to the genuine making of things, the handmade, the honest craft skills and the humble materials involved. On the other hand it referred to the instant, direct and collaborative contacts created through the processes of the making and the conversations with the local Milanese students and the other artist-protagonists invited in this fascinating process. The show embraced such materials like glass, textiles, pottery, clay, porcelaine, marble, felt, metals and wood. In the development of the show there was room for the unexpected, spontaneous and experimental.

Dialogues further refers to the web and network all partners in this project had to build in order to convey the exhibition to a wider audience in Milan and beyond and draw people and visitors to the school as a new and off the beaten-track destination. The overall educational aim was to make local teenage students a part of this international spectacle and pass on to them the spirit to get involved within their city.

See here for images covering the story of the workshop and the show:

Image of ANALOG Web, directed and designed by Gala Fernandez: a light installation made of 28 Murano blown glass spheres, wrapped in a textile structure made in a collaborative workshop with students of the Istituto Caterina da Siena in Milan during the Salone del Mobile. Spheres blown by glass studio Antichi Angeli, Murano Venice (Carlo and Emmanuele Colizza). Textile structure in dialogue with Eleonora Giudotti.