L’ABBRACCIO – Master Innovator Gaetano Pesce’s First, Solo, New York Exhibition in 25 Years

New York – Visionary architect, designer and artist Gaetano Pesce will have his first solo, New York exhibition in 25 years at Fred Torres Collaborations from March 21-May 25, 2013. The show focuses on issues of love and empathy, be it for ourselves, each other or the world, that have been important themes in Pesce’s work. L’ABBRACCIO, (The Hug) the name of the exhibition, refers to a cabinet designed by Pesce in 2009 of two people locked in an embrace. In addition to its “namesake” cabinet, the exhibition will feature some of Pesce’s rarely seen drawings, maquettes, lighting and furniture from the 1970s. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6-8 pm.

Since the 1960s, Gaetano Pesce has been challenging the dogma of traditional aesthetics by embracing an art, architecture and design of expressiveness that is a commentary on reality, color, new materials, figurative representation and political commitment. His poetic imagination and his continued use of humor and irony to attack the standardization of the mass-produced object and architecture, sets him apart from all other designers and architects. Pesce continually exploits the technical qualities of materials such as resins, polyurethanes and silicones in order to create objects and projects that have a point of view and make a strong artistic statement…

The Hug – Gaetano Pesce


Wheels, vineyards and Italy – IOL Travel

Rome – Wine and cycling are two of my favourite things. However, put them together, add cycling on the “wrong” side of the road, and it could be a recipe for disaster.

I was in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, Lago di Garda to be exact, Italy’s largest lake.

Lake Garda is an adventurer’s playground, great for swimming, sailing and cycling in summer and skiing in winter. Its shores are studded with picturesque villages, with old castles and Roman ruins.

Most of the villages’ cobbled streets are out of bounds to vehicles. Bicycles rule, with children on tricycles, parents trailing buggy bicycles and women cycling in heels. Bells and baskets replace helmets and gloves. They weave their way between pedestrians, dogs and wheelchairs, blending with lycra-clad cyclists on mountain bikes.

My plan was to cycle 158km around the lake but I gave up the idea because of the narrow roads and endless tunnels. Getting around is easy with regular buses, although traffic is common, especially on market days, as I’d found in Lazise on the eastern shore.

Negotiating crowds, I passed under a medieval gateway, down an alley and into a courtyard. The tower at the south-east corner of this ancient wall is part of the ZF4 estate, on the lake shore.

Pouring Bianco Veronese, Laura Zanoni says her grandfather made his fortune from silkworms, investing the profits in land overlooking Lake Garda. He passed on his love of the earth and wine to the four Zanoni siblings – after whom the estate is named: Z for Zanoni, F for fratelli (brothers) and their father Franco, and 4 for the four Zanoni brothers and sisters.

But it’s a challenge owning a 30ha wine farm. Laura continues to practice law, Marco is an engineer, Silvia is a pharmacist and Giovanni has died.

Laura says they also produce olives and their latest project is to restore one of the four farmhouses and make it into a bed and breakfast.

I took a ferry north to Malcesine and caught cablecars up Monte Baldo. At 1 518m, it’s the highest peak in the area. The flat top is busy, with restaurants, children’s play areas, paragliders, cows and even alpacas. There’s a network of sign-posted trails and ski runs. They allow bicycles on the cablecars at certain times.

In the south, Sirmione is flat and ideal for vineyards. I made use of the free bicycles on loan from the Riva del Garda’s information office.

I joined pedestrians and cyclists on the lakeside promenade, stopping in Torbole at a gelataria.

Back on track, I went inland and found Madonna delle Vittorie, named after a 16th century chapel, built to celebrate a victory by the counts of Arco. They produce red, white and sparkling wines and olive oil.

As I sipped wine made from nosiola grapes, only found in the Trentino area, locals arrived on bicycles to fill plastic containers. It costs about R19 a litre, great value for good wine .

Located in Trentino-south Tyrol, wine produced in upper Lake Garda is different from the rest of the Trentino region. With suitable soils, mild micro-climate and daily winds Ora and Pelér, it’s ideal for development of grapes’ aromas.

In foothills, luscious merlot grapes are grown in heavy, rich clay soil, with lots of sun exposure and breezes off the lake. Terraced vineyards are warm and sunny during the day but cooled at night by air from the Dolomite Mountains, ideal for more aromatic grape varieties, such as the elegant Müller Thurgau.

I tasted a few but still had a long way to go. I cycled along the tracks above the Brescia River, surrounded by verdant vineyards, far from roads and past picnic areas. I rang my bell for the hell of it. Life was good.

In the medieval town of Arco, I locked the bicycle and climbed the hill to explore the fortress. It’s a 100m climb on many steep steps following a winding path beneath olive trees to reach the remains. The views across the valley, with rock climbers on nearby cliffs and the shimmering lake beyond, made it worthwhile.

Back on the cycle track, I sought out Agraria Riva del Garda.

Established in 1926, they sell – apart from a huge wine range – meat, cheese, preserved fruit and jams, honey and the most amazing variety of pasta, including black ribbon noodles made with squid ink.

Maybe the sommelier knew that I needed to cycle “home” because I tasted a drop in the ocean of their wines……..

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421Art – 4 Hands, 2 Heads and 1 Art

The meeting of two eclectic personalities took place during an art exhibition, 421Art project was born, a marriage between two apparently different artistic currents, merged into a single style.
The pop art of Gianpietro Arzuffi, characterized by the use of puzzles in his works, is an ideal complement to the abstract paintings of Diego Racconi, where geometries are associated with a dripping technique wisely dosed.
Paintings of a strong visual and emotional impact, where the play of colors and forms simultaneously recalls the great masters of the past.
The project 421Art really want to highlight the collaboration between four hands, two minds and a single common artistic result. From this positive experience was born the desire to expand the project to other artists, most notably Luke Faraci, with the introduction of abstract elements with strong symbolic references and Massimo Basile (Maxtin) from personal interpretation linked to the world of cards and construction geometry of buildings and landscapes.
How natuale evolution that brought the artistic movement 421Art_Alliance, involving many other painters from all over the peninsula.

Asso di Quadri – Ace of Diamonds

La rencontre de deux personnalités conosciutesi éclectique au hasard lors d’une exposition d’art, un projet 421Art est né, un mariage entre deux apparemment différents courants artistiques, fusionnés dans un seul style.
Le pop art de Gianpietro Arzuffi, caractérisé par l’utilisation de casse-tête dans ses œuvres, est un complément idéal pour les peintures abstraites de Diego Racconi, où les géométries sont associés à une technique du dripping judicieusement dosé.
Peintures d’un fort impact visuel et émotionnel, où le jeu des couleurs et des formes rappelle à la fois les grands maîtres du passé.
Les 421Art projet vraiment envie de mettre en évidence la collaboration entre quatre mains, deux esprits et un seul résultat artistique commun. De cette expérience positive est né le désir d’étendre le projet à d’autres artistes, notamment Luc Faraci, avec l’introduction d’éléments abstraits avec de fortes références symboliques et Massimo Basile (Maxtin) de l’interprétation personnelle liée au monde de cartes et de construction géométrie des bâtiments et des paysages.
Comment l’évolution natuale qui a amené le 421Art_Alliance mouvement artistique, impliquant de nombreux autres peintres venus de toute la péninsule.

Asso di picche – Ace of Spades

Dall’incontro di due personalità eclettiche, conosciutesi casualmente durante una mostra d’arte, nasce il progetto 421Art, un connubio tra due correnti pittoriche apparentemente distanti, fusi in un unico stile inconfondibile.
La pop art di Gianpietro Arzuffi, caratterizzata dall’utilizzo di puzzle nelle proprie opere, trova un complemento ideale nei quadri astratti di Diego Racconi, dove le geometrie sono associate ad una tecnica dripping sapientemente dosata.
Quadri di un forte impatto visivo ed emotivo, dove il gioco dei colori e delle forme richiama simultaneamente i grandi maestri del passato.
Il progetto 421Art vuole proprio evidenziare la collaborazione tra 4 mani, 2 menti ed un unico risultato artistico comune. Da questa esperienza positiva è nato il desiderio di allargare il progetto ad altri artisti , primo fra tutti Luca Faraci, con l’introduzione di elementi astratti con forti richiami simbolici e Massimo Basile (Maxtin) dalla personalissima interpretazione legata al mondo delle carte e delle costruzioni geometriche di edifici e di paesaggi.
Come natuale evoluzione nasce il movimento artistico 421Art_Alliance, coinvolgendo numerosi altri pittori provenienti da tutta la penisola.

Asso di fiori

Встреча двух личностей эклектичной conosciutesi случайно во время художественной выставки, 421Art проекта родилась, брак между двумя по-видимому различных художественных течений, слились в едином стиле.
Поп-арта Gianpietro Arzuffi, характеризуется использованием загадок в его произведениях, является идеальным дополнением к абстрактной картины Диего Racconi, где геометрии, связанные с капающей техника мудро дозировать.
Картины сильного визуального и эмоционального воздействия, где игра цвета и формы одновременно напоминает о великих мастеров прошлого.
Проект 421Art действительно хотим подчеркнуть сотрудничество между четырьмя руками, двумя умами и единый общий художественный результат. Из этого положительного опыта родилась желание расширить проект на другие художники, в первую очередь Луки Фарачи, с введением абстрактных элементов с сильным символические ссылки и Массимо Basile (Maxtin) от личной интерпретации связана с мировой карты и строительство геометрия зданий и пейзажей.
Как natuale эволюции, которая привела художественной 421Art_Alliance движения, с участием многих других художников со всего полуострова.

Galaxy II

Das Treffen der beiden Persönlichkeiten eklektischen conosciutesi zufällig während einer Kunstausstellung wurde 421Art Projekt geboren, eine Ehe zwischen zwei scheinbar verschiedenen künstlerischen Strömungen, in einem einzigen Stil verschmolzen.
Der Pop-Art Gianpietro Arzuffi, durch den Einsatz von Rätseln in seinen Werken aus, ist eine ideale Ergänzung zu den abstrakten Gemälden von Diego Racconi, wo Geometrien mit einem tropfenden Technik mit Bedacht dosiert verbunden sind.
Gemälde von einem starken visuellen und emotionalen Auswirkungen, wo das Spiel der Farben und Formen gleichzeitig erinnert an die großen Meister der Vergangenheit.
Das Projekt 421Art wirklich wollen, um die Zusammenarbeit zwischen vier Hände, zwei Köpfe und einen einzigen gemeinsamen künstlerischen Ergebnis zu markieren. Von dieser positiven Erfahrung war der Wunsch, das Projekt auf andere Künstler, vor allem Luke Faraci erweitern, mit der Einführung von abstrakte Elemente mit starken symbolischen Verweise und Massimo Basile (Maxtin) aus persönlichen Interpretation im Zusammenhang mit der Welt der Karten und den Bau geboren Geometrie von Gebäuden und Landschaften.
Wie natuale Evolution, die die künstlerische Bewegung 421Art_Alliance gebracht, mit vielen anderen Malern aus der ganzen Halbinsel.

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