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By Carole A. Feuerman

Curated by Demetrio Paparoni

Saturday 13 May opened the exhibition Crossing the sea , the project by Carole A. Feuerman curated by Demetrio Paparoni and promoted by the Made in Cloister Foundation and Bel Air Fine Art.

Drops of water run down the skin warmed by the sun. The feeling of harmony and balance is the starting point of the work of the artist Carole A. Feuerman (Hartford, 1945) who will be the protagonist of the new transformation project of the Made in Cloister Foundation.

One of the definitions of Made in Cloister project is a place to give life to new forms of beauty through art, an idea of beauty that is present in all things, even the apparently most disorienting ones.

Carole was one of the first hyper-realist sculptors, a concept that appeared in art in the 70s in which brushes and canvases give way to resin to create a copy of reality that is even more faithful than reality itself. But Feuerman with her swimmers is not an all-round hyper-realist, a good part of her artistic research lies in capturing a sensation of enchantment and purity. Furthermore, the drops that reflect light on the resin bodies represent something from the future that is about to happen shortly, creating a suspended, waiting atmosphere.

Artist of reality and observer of emotions, through her sculptures she evokes sensations that gradually evolve. Starting from happy memories and emotions linked to the sea up to rediscovering, under the apparent beauty and tranquility, a profound meaning of heroism, triumph and liberation.In 1981, the artist was struck by scenes of men and women facing the sea from Cuba to reach Key West on life rafts. These shocking images led her to tell another story linked to the sea, in which melancholy is no longer implied by the swimmers' masks, but is clearly expressed as in one of her most iconic sculptures EN 2 0278: an inner tube with which protrude the hands of a woman, while from the void the hand of a man clings to them in search of help.We are waiting for you on Saturday 13 May from 11.00 to 23.00 with a whole day in the cloister among the hyper-realistic works of Feuerman.The Cloister Bar will be open all day to have a brunch or stop for an aperitif.Entrance 5 euros

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The production workshop of Made in Cloister next exhibition begins. This time the artist Ara Starck during her residency has decided to work with the artisans and dialogue with the city.

Seak peek: one of the main artworks included in the show will be in stain glass, an ancient tradition of which very few master craftsmen remain. The enhancement of craftsmanship, part of the Made in Cloister mission, passes, above all, through the sharing of values and techniques with young people.

Therefore the workshop will be in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, and Fondazione Cologni will also support the activities, as it has been involved in the promotion of Italian craftsmanship for almost 30 years.

During the production workshops will be held in which the artist and the craftsmen involved will show the students of the Academy the technique and working of cathedral glass.

Soon many more news about the exhibition...

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by Enzo Distinto

LAB.oratorio space

“Wall Water”, the exhibition by Enzo Distinto, curated by Valentina Apicerni, at the Lab.Oratorio space, the project space of the Made in Cloister Foundation dedicated to research, experimentation and exposure of the contemporary art scene.

“Wall Water” is the trace of two rivers that intersect, the Sebeto, the secret river of Naples which, springing from Monte Somma, crossed the city and poured into the Mediterranean, and the Nile. The rivers are represented as two walls of water that rise upwards, constituting a liquid surface with gradual colors that turn from green to yellow, symbolizing the encounter between different civilizations, unified by a common element that marks the utopian disappearance of political borders between countries and allows you to visualize the Earth as a single large continent, freely traversable by all.

Enzo Distinto's artistic research starts from cartography, from the study of geographical and hydrographic maps on which he works with clippings and sculptural compositions, giving new configurations to cities and borders. This overlapping of real —existing territories— and imaginary —possible territories— is also reflected in the stratification of the reading planes: they are mental and non-geographical spaces.

His traces of the Sebeto and the Nile merge history and legend, places and non-places, geopolitical and sacred dimensions, memory and current events. Because they are the symbolic traces of two river gods and two continents, of the ancient intercultural dialogue between peoples and of their mobility across the Mediterranean: here the barriers are just a wall of water.

“Enzo incorporates all these aspects in a very rich poor art installation, made of marble scraps, steel bars and water. What was already a blocked passage is now even more blocked, so that every movement must be conscious. Everyone is obliged to have their own experience of stone waste. Everyone has to negotiate with the old walls [...] It's the kind of exhibition that makes you want to experience it in itself, and everyone is rewarded by the impossibility of doing so" Jimmie Durham

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