Antonella Zazzera — Luminescences



Antonella Zazzera

Past: May 18 → July 20, 2019

On the occasion of the Paris Gallery Weekend 2019, the gallery is pleased to launch a new solo exhibition of the Italian artist Antonella Zazzera, whose work is also on display until June 28 in the exhibition Tissage Tressage quand la sculpture défile à Paris ! in the Espace Monte-Cristo Fondation at the Villa Datris in Paris.

More than any other material, she says, light is the basis of her sculpture, that she creates while “thinking of painting and its innumerable tones,” all of which she finds in copper. Zazzera continually weaves the thread of her sculpture with her hands, trying to feel, almost blindly, almost instinctively, the harmonious point where her copper wire will be inserted, make a knot, and go off in another direction. Her sculptures are composed of a thread of wires ordered according to a very specific set of practices, creating a metallic framework where light is caught and reflected. She builds a studded frame which outlines the form around which her precious metal, with orange, brown, or red hues, will shape itself, with a ritualistic and bloody back-and-forth between the various points of the pattern creating life. In stratum after stratum, the sculpture becomes heavier, time does its work, and sedimentation takes effect. The artist patiently crosses the stitches, playing on the variations of shapes and colors, the thickness of the wires, and the vibrations triggered by the multiplication of the lines. The framework thus created becomes a receptacle of universal strengths.

It is important to bear in mind that Antonella Zazzera works in her grandparents’ farm, in the countryside of Umbria. The weaving and braiding of her copper sculpture are reminiscent of the thick, smooth hairs of a horse’s back, the light in the honeycombs of beehives, plowed earth and the copper hues of its furrows, the inside of a wooden tree trunk that reveals its own coppery tones, the convolutions of the alveoli of a perfectly laid-out sunflower, bird nests for which Mother Nature takes back the leftovers of the copper wires, that birds use to build their own nests in her Naturalia. In all her work, light provides the fundamental key to its space and shape.

Among the artistic references that come to mind when viewing Zazzera’s current work, one could quote the studies on light of the futurist Giacomo Balla, the research on sedimentation of Piero Dorazio, the felt sculptures of the American Robert Morris, the sign language of Hans Hartung, and the labyrinthic spaces of Vieira da Silva.

In 2014 the gallery Jeanne Bucher Jaeger devoted a first solo show to Zazzera, Trames de lumière, presenting her work to the French public for the first time. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Europe, in Japan, in Israel, and the United States (the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2014). In 2016, she won the Arnaldo Pomodoro prize for sculpture, after Loris Cecchini, Laura Renna and Claire Morgan.

This new exhibition displays the artist’s latest works, among which are her Quadri, in which she weaves, spectacularly, the painted gesture on a canvas, or plays with variations on shape and colors, the thickness of the wires, and their vibrations, to produce high-voltage sculptures in which light runs on material so as to make all its energy vibrate.


Antonella Zazzera

Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger

  • Antonella Zazzera — Luminesceneces Opening Saturday, May 18, 2019 3 PM → 7 PM

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03 Le Marais Zoom in 03 Le Marais Zoom out

5 rue de Saintonge

75003 Paris

T. 01 42 72 60 42 — F. 01 42 72 60 49

Saint-Sébastien – Froissart

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM

The artist

  • Antonella Zazzera