DAVID TREMLETT

Cornovaglia, 1945



5 September - 21 November 2020

Galleria Michela Rizzo is thrilled to announce an exhibition that brings together for the first time and will establish a dialogue and conversation between two British artists of international standing, Brian Eno and David Tremlett.

Both artists have previously exhibited at Galleria Michela Rizzo, and it is thanks to these previous experiences that this extraordinary artistic union was born.
The exhibition includes both works resulting from a close dialogue between the two artists and site-specific works with rooms dedicated to each of them.

Brian Eno, considered one of the greatest contemporary artists, is an eclectic and fervent experimenter and the pioneer of ambient music. He has been investigating the world of sound and visuals for many years, often establishing a connection between the two.
Eno, through different media including Lightboxes and Lenticulars, plays with sonic and visual languages, presenting them to our eyes as though they were liquid elements.
Indeed, it is in the steady and slow observation of the ever-evolving shapes and colours in his lightboxes that immerse us in a watery atmosphere, in which time dilates and our gaze, guided by the iridescent tones, can concentrate on what we have inside, thereby guiding us through an attempt at meditation. Brian’s work is not simply the object, but rather the environment, a space in which the suffused and luminous atmospheres of the visual works accompany the sound compositions, thereby giving rise to a dimension in which to get lost.
Colour and sound amalgamate, merging continuously and without pause.
Eno’s works are observation instruments that lead us to an unexpectedly silent and muffled world through sound.
David Tremlett is an artist with an intense life experience, whose artistic practice has been strongly influenced by his numerous travels and research. He is particularly known for the large site-specific murals he has realised in different parts of world. Through his compact, dense, full-bodied colours, Tremlett recounts the concrete beauty of things: his simple shapes and flat backgrounds outline the profiles of a world observed and translated through the simplicity of signs and materials.

From works on paper to large wall drawings, Tremlett’s drawing is expressed in its essential purity, both in its aesthetics and its realisation. The pigment is spread on the wall directly with the hands, without the use of instruments, in a cross-reference to the primitive origins of the painting, also through gesture.
David Tremlett has produced many works in Italy, a country be- loved by the artist. As he says, “I can’t think of a better place in the world where to work. And I say this precisely because I have travelled and exhibited in many parts of the world”. Indeed, Tremlett’s works have marked landscapes and distinctive places of Italy in a unique and unmistakable way. From Apulia to the Langhe, many public interventions in the spaces of ancient buildings, places of worship and modern constructions have been carried out, onto which the artist has affixed his di- stinguishing mark, integrating it harmoniously into the context. David’s wall drawings change the face of existing buildings, giving them new life while respecting the place and the cultural context of which they are part, thereby creating a liaison between the present and the past.
From the impalpable and ethereal colours to the pigment dust, from the changing and vacuous shapes to the precise and abstract geometries, the strong and well-defined personalities of Brian Eno and David Tremlett find, inside the gallery’s spaces, a fertile ground where they can communicate thereby initiating a dialogue and a conversation that enhance and expand, in an enchanting and bewitching way, the work of the two artists.
As an appendix to the exhibition, the Gallery is happy to present a double installation by the two artists outside its premises, inside the new “Cosmo” space, in Campo San Cosmo, in the former Church of Saints Cosma e Damiano. An innovative professional platform for the development of artistic projects and processes, with particular reference to the musical and sound field, which was created to respond to the need for new production and fruition models on the island, with the scope of enhancing the artistic and technical professionalism of the territory, through a perimeter capable of building new bridges between existing realities, amplifying the effects of the cultural excellences that reside and cross the city.

David Tremlett (Cornovaglia, 1945) is from Cornwall. He is an artist who works with different media, such as sculpture, installations and drawing.

His artistic initiation took place in the field of sculpture, which he cultivated through studies conducted at the Birmingham School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art in London. His artistic imagination is fueled by numerous journeys that allowed him to get in touch with different cultures, which became a source of inspiration for him.

Since 1969 he has worked on wall drawing, using pastels that are both fragile and ethereal but also structurally strong. Tremlett is particularly interested in site-specific works, which have a limited duration in time, before being inevitably altered by the natural elements. Since the ‘70s he has produced drawings on the walls of museums, galleries and unconventional spaces such as old churches and ruined buildings: the chapel of Barolo in La Morra, in collaboration with his friend Sol LeWitt (1999), the British embassy in Berlin (2000), the church of Villeneauxe-la Grande (2005), the synagogue of Zamosc (2006), the British Council Building in Nairobi (2014), the church of Coazzolo, Asti (2017) and, more recently, in the Langhe with a site-specific project conceived for the evocative spaces of the Chapel of Relais San Maurizio, in Santo Stefano Belbo.

In 1992 David Tremlett was included in the list of candidates for the Turner Prize, and over time his works have been hosted in some of the most authoritative galleries and museums: from the Centre Pompidou in Paris to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, from the Musee des Beaux Arts in Grenoble to the Luigi Pecci Museum in Prato, from the Joan Mirò Foundation in Barcelona to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at galleries such as the Serpentine in London, the Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo and the Nigel Greenwood in London (where the artist made his debut in 1970).

In 2011, he created a special work, "Drawing for Free Thinking" commissioned from the Tate Britain, in which he interacts with the planimetry and architectural characteristics of the space, working with pastels that rubs directly on the wall using the palms of his hands. The following year he exhibited "New work on paper" at the Gallery Gering & Lòpez in New York and in 2013 he exhibited a wide and varied series of wall drawings for the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.