Ornaghi & Prestinari’s “Early Autumn” at Galleria Continua, Les Moulins

Galleria Continua in Les Moulins, France presents Ornaghi & Prestinari’s “Early Autumn.” The show runs through June 2, 2019.

The potential of materials and the potentialities that these offer are what Ornaghi & Prestinari’s artistic practice engages with. They combine together “pictorial and sculptural figuration, reflections on conceptual art with personal life experiences.” Elegant, sophisticated tones are a dominant aesthetic component that the artists have maintained throughout their work. Also, their particular interest lies in the inherent duality of every action. “Their installations evoke fascinating and intense figurative compositions.”

The show’s title draws its inspiration from the Japanese cinema of Yasujirō Ozu. “Early Autumn” the title’s development has been conceived as a succession of visual haikus. According to the gallery, “The works fragment the space, sometimes playing in a marginal way with the architecture of the place, sometimes citing it outright.” The sculptures establish a dialogue with the old Sainte-Marie paper factory’s soul all the while testing its proportions, colors, and materials.

The exhibition brings a lot of elements into play: “it is at once structured and poetic, contextualized and intimate, sculptural and pictorial, delicate and powerful,” the gallery says.  Ornaghi & Prestinari brings together Zen aesthetics, the site’s history, and their own artistic reflections.

Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari were born respectively in 1986 and 1984 in Milan. They both graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Ornaghi in Industrial Design and Prestinari in Architecture, and continued their studies at IUAV University in Venice. In 2017, they unveiled the public sculpture Filemone et Bauci for the new CityLife ArtLine park in Milan. In 2012, Ornaghi & Prestinari were awarded the prize for the Venetian region from the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation (Venice) and in 2018 the artists won the Club GAMeC prize.

“Early Autumn” runs through June 2, 2019, at Galleria Continua, 46, rue de la Ferte-Gaucher, 77169 Boissy-le-Chatel, France.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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