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Anna Caruso

Milan, Italy

Artist Statement

We all live in a three dimensional world of depth. As we look around, we can tell that some objects seem close where others appear further away. Space is the illusion of distance on a two dimensional surface such as a canvas, board or a sheet of paper. My paintings are predicated on a distinction between illustrated space and abstract, pictorial space. The former is mimetic and referential; the latter transformative, and thoroughly embodied by pictorial dynamics. The nature of the constriction I’m striving to overcome is innate to the medium, and is emphasized the more formalistic and the less representational the idiom. In all the ways that it alludes to a world beyond its materiality, painting is indirectly fictive, rather than directly causal like photography. It is always a form of interpretation rather than evidence, except as it constitutes a causal trace of gesture and touch. Formalistic abstraction, which does not strive to reach out, even in this indirect sense, to a represented subject – and, by doing so, to claim the space it might inhabit – is the most self-referential of painterly forms.

Artist Biography

Born in Cernusco sul Naviglio (Italy) in 1980. In 2004 she graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. She lives and works in Milan. She works with italian and foreign galleries, including Studio d’Arte Cannaviello in Milan, Anna Marra Contemporanea in Rome and Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago (USA). Solo shows: Sei se ricordi, 2016, curated by Lorenzo Respi, Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; Sillabari di Goffredo Parise, 2016, curated by Flavio Arensi, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy; L’orizzonte degli eventi, 2014, Galleria Interno 18, Cremona, Italy; Tetris, 2014, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy; Memoria bianca, 2014, Spazio Luidig, Benevento, Italy; C’ero, una volta, 2012, E-Lite studiogallery, Lecce, Italy. Group exhibitions: Darkroom, 2018, curated by Flavio Arensi, Elfo Puccini Theatre, Milan, Italy; Zona, 41 artists for an Apollinaire’s Poem, 2017, Milan, Italy; Window Project, 2016, Spazio 22, Milan, Italy; Short Stories, 2016, Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago (IL), USA; Y.A.I.M., 2015, Esentai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan; New Italian Painting, 2015, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany; Un secolo di Amarena, 2015, curated by Lea Mattarella, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna, Italy; Omnia Signa, 2015, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy; Premio Terna 06, 2014, Archivio di Stato, Turin, Italy; Talent Prize, 2014, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy; Premio Lissone, 2014, MAC-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Lissone (MB), Italy; Nuova pittura italiana, 2014, Galleria Interno 18, Cremona, Italy; Nuova pittura italiana, 2014, Spazio Parobrod, Belgrade, Serbia; Premio Arte Laguna, 2014, Arsenale, Venice, Italy; Nuova pittura italiana, 2013, Studio d’arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy; Nuova pittura italiana, 2013, Spazio Aquadro, Rome, Italy; Premio Arte 2013, Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy; Combat Prize 2013, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Antonio Arévalo, Francesca Baboni, Gigliola Foschi, Marco Tonelli, Stefano Taddei, Museo civico Giovanni Fattori, Livorno, Italy; Last Young. Under 35 in Italia, 2013, curated by Arianna Baldoni, Rossella Farinotti, Lorenzo Respi, Villa Brivio, Nova Milanese (MI), Italy



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