20.03 – 30.04.2014
ILARIA DEL MONTE – Out of This World
Antonio Colombo presents for Little Circus, the space of the gallery dedicated to special projects, Out Of This World, Ilaria Del Monte’s personal show.
Her painting moves within the atemporality generated by the accumulation of references.
It is not a matter of faithfully reproducing single elements, it is all about the conveyance of an atmosphere.
Details in appearance clashing become alienating and find harmony in the compositions in which the artist places female characters engaged in actions evoking obscure rituals indifferent to one’s gaze, with a focus that reveals a self-referentiality unsettled only, for an instant, by the summon of the present.
The interiors, with their liberty wallpapers and the nature just as lush glimpsing from the windows, are a further projection that combines the description and the reproduction of negligible particulars to the sensation of a dreamlike distance, accentuated by her accurate brushstrokes.
Ilaria Del Monte narrates the impossible, what could never happen in reality and instead takes on a mundane quality, freed from the sugarcoating of fairy tales, especially because of a certain wistful resonance which constitutes the ever-present backdrop of her works.
This is heightened by the torn tapestries and the threadbare sofas of these houses that cannot conceal the signs of the passing time despite their pastel hues.
Nature is claiming back its belongings: a tree grows inside a room, the branches rapping on the windows.
The air, suspended but not stale, is typical of magical realism and symbolism.
Ilaria Del Monte was born in Taranto in 1985.
She lives and works between Milano and Matera.
She holds a Painting degree from the Academy Of Fine Arts Of Brera in Milano.
Among her personal shows: in 2013 Quando Teresa si arrabbiò con Dio, curated by Martina Cavallarin, in collaboration with Roberta Lietti Arte Contemporanea (Como), Scatolabianca, Milano; in 2012 P.G.R. per grazia ricevuta, (Confraternita della Salvezza – Ilaria Del Monte & Vanni Cuoghi), Riva Arte Contemporanea, Lecce; Boarding Pass n°1, curated by Martina Cavallarin, VBM 2010 Gallery, Berlino; in 2011 The Window’s Tales, curated by Marta Cereda, Roberta Lietti Arte Contemporanea, Como; Vento dal Nulla, curated by Martina Cavallarin and in collaboration with Roberta Lietti Arte Contemporanea, Spazio Scatolabianca and Galleria delle cornici, Venezia.
Among the group shows: in 2013 Shop le Jeux D’amour, curated by Alessia Locatelli, Galleria Ostrakon, Milano; Il Piacere Dissoluto, curated by Antonia Pansera, Superground studio, Milano; in 2012 Something Else, curated by Roberto Fantoni, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano; Buste Dipinte, Festival delle Lettere, curated by Donatella Rocca, Spazio Oberdan, Milano; Natura Anfibia, curated by Claudio Composti and Massimo Rizzardini, Mc2artgalley, Milano; Premio di Pittura Zingarelli Rocca delle Macìe, curated by Simona Gavioli, Castellina in Chianti, winner of the first prize; in 2011
Arte a Sud, curated by Francesca Londino and Francesco Ferrari, Unione dei comuni del Versante Ionico; Biennale di Brescia, curated by Silvia Landi, Musei Mazzucchelli, Brescia; L’Italia s’è desta, curated by Ivan Quaroni, Galleria Colossi, Brescia; NumeroUno, En Papier, curated by Arianna Beretta, Circoloquadro, Milano; 5° Premio Internazionale Arte Laguna, curated by Igor Zanti, Nappe dell’Arsenale, Venezia; in 2010 Next Generation- pittura espressione contemporanea, Premio Barlettani curated by Roberto Milani, Galleria san Lorenzo, Milano; Statements, curated by Ivan Quaroni, Galleria Spazioinmostra, Milano; Butterfly Invasion, curated by Andrea Lacarpia, Spazio Colette, Lecco.