“in-fuse” in the SACI Gallery: sculptures by MANUELA ZERVUDACHI + photos by PHILIPPE DE POTESTAD



Sculptures by SACI Alumna MANUELA ZERVUDACHI (Spring 1982) and photographs by PHILIPPE DE POTESTAD.

JUNE 10 – 26, 2014

Opening reception: Tuesday, June 10 at 6PM

Two bodies of work co-existing in the same space by Manuela Zervudachi + Philippe de Potestad, seek to “in-fuse” their resonating aspects to create natural themes that punctuate the exhibition. To achieve a harmonious coherence, a selection of pieces have been chosen to enhance the interrelation of their work, while maintaining the integrity of each entity.

Two independent personal explorations — of sculpture and photography — infuse and are determined to diffuse a joint set of themes: nocturnal light, fleeting permanence, space and limits, back to back.

Manuela Zervudachi was born in London in 1963. Since childhood, the artist’s sensibility for making volumes and sculpture soon became the language she uses to express herself.

Manuela began her studies at SACI Florence in 1982 and then moved to New York to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Parsons School of Design. After the United States, Manuela settled in Pietrasanta / Tuscany in 1988, a true Mecca for sculpture. In this mythical place for three years, she studied the techniques and alchemical stages of the lost wax process and how to transform her plaster or clay prototypes into bronze.

Her work reveals a fascination for humankind within its environment. Inspired by this essential relationship, her work is nourished with the infusion between man and the organic world. She has worked successively around the themes of water and the body, in conjunction with symbolism of the seed, time, and alchemy.

Manuela Zervudachi moved with her family in 1991 to Paris. She regularly exhibits in London, Paris, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. In addition, she frequently collaborates with interior designers or collectors to produce commissions and pieces around the world.

Philippe de Potestad is a French architect based in Paris. Born in a franco-american family, he has worked on a number of arresting projects such as the Grand Louvre with IM Pei & Partners and the TEPIA Science Pavilion in Tokyo with Fumihiko MAKI.

Philippe’s office – phdp Projects – recently completed the construction of the “Musée CURIE” in Paris. However, photography has always been the muse that gave Philippe wings to fly.

From the use of the traditional view camera to digital photography, he composes volumes, seizes landscapes, and plays with light while taming shadows and capturing the composition of an invisible vanishing point, expressing a sensitive and refined perception of reality.

In a previous exhibition, What Splits Us is What Links Us, Philippe showed a sensual metaphor of human feelings through the detailed observation of barbed wires in the landscape. Another exhibition called Silent Light featured a poetic immersion in night-time landscapes through a selection of images from 10 years of contemplation.

In June 2014, SACI Gallery is displaying the first chapter of a new series called Frames, playing with the observer’s perceptions through a systematic representation of academic, frontally framed views.

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