To give new life.
To bring back to the world.
The objects that form part of our lives accompany us and change with us.
In the artist’s studio they often lie for a long time, becoming sediment: they mirror the attempts, the failures and the ideas that have never
been realised. But they also find renewed life, incorporated and embedded into new artworks. Each one is filled with narrative, stories that
often reflect our own evolution.
To talk about these objects is somehow to talk about the person that chooses them, or that makes and keeps them. It is to dive into our
existence and into our ability to sew together new narratives, reflective of the complex relations that we are constantly interweaving with
the world around us. The objects: children of what we’ve been and what we’ve lived, children of who we want to be, of how we want to live –
in other words, projections of ourselves.
In this show, models, sketches and projects form the layered memory of Ludovica Gioscia’s research, the world that surrounds the artist in
her studio. Accumulations of creative experiments that constantly trace temporal bridges between before and after, between past and future,
between memory and expectation in a circular, non-‐linear manner; that absorb time to give rise to, in some sense, an eternal present, a
triumph of the incomplete, of the potential.
The show is presented as a display resembling a domestic interior with shelving, wardrobes and chests of drawers into which these
unfinished works are deposited, floating in a sort of nostalgia of the future.
Ludovica Gioscia: born in Rome lives and works in London since 1996. Her research has always explored fragile and/or outdated materials,
often recycled, adopting at times a sculptural form, at times a two dimensional form; as with her three dimensional use of wallpaper or her
flat fabric works, hovering in space, which are part of her Portals series. The construction of Gioscia’s artworks reveals the stratification and
layering of materials and colours, frequently heterogeneous, to simulate the perceptual and emotional complexity of the world in which we
are all immersed.
Text by Marina Dacci
Written in occasion of my solo show Shapeshifters at Max Mara in London in 2017 which Marina curated
Ludovica Gioscia (born 1977, Rome) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MFA Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art in 2004 and has been exhibiting internationally since. Solo shows include Nuclear Reaction Cosmic Interaction at Ex Elettrofonica in Rome (2018), Infinite Present at Baert Gallery in Los Angeles (2017), Shapeshifters at MaxMara in London curated by Marina Dacci (2017), Neurotic Seduction Astral Production at John Jones Project Space in London (2014), Mineral Rush Flamingo Crush at Galleria Mangiabarche in Calasetta (2013), Vermilion Glow Bleeds Rust at Riccardo Crespi in Milan (2013), Forecasting Ouroboros at MACRO in Rome (2012), Wild Boys at VITRINE in London (2010), Papered Portraits at The Warhol in Pittsburgh curated by Eric Shiner and Mikado at Siobhan Davies Studios (2009). In 2015 Gioscia presented a specially commissioned and semi-permanent site-specific installation at Maraya Art Park in Sharjah and another site-specific installation at OFF Biennale Cairo. Previously Gioscia has shown in group shows at the American Academy and Palazzo Fiano in Rome, Palazzo da Mosto (part of Fondazione Palazzo Magnani) in Reggio, Marcelle Joseph projects in Ascot, FuturDome in Milan, Edinburgh College of Art, Analix Forever in Geneva, The Miro' Foundation in Barcelona, The Warhol in Pittsburgh, The Flag Art Foundation, Allegra LaViola and Salon 94 in NY, VITRINE, Jerwood Space and South London Gallery in London, MNAC in Bucharest and Comfort Moderne in Poitiers. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fluor, Exibart, Exit Epress, Flash Art international, Kunstforum, Etapes international, Elephant, The End and AN. In 2012 edizioni Olivares published Ludovica’s first monographic catalogue. Gioscia has collaborated on a Falabella limited edition for Stella McCartney, collaborated with Sergio Zambon for Galitzine, was part of Absolut Blank's campaign and has worked on several private commissions, including one for the House of Peroni and more recently for the Drake in Toronto. Her work can be found in many private collections, such as Marcelle Joseph's in London, and in public collections such as The Warhol, The Flag and M&C Saatchi.
© Photograph by Ala d'Amico