SACI MFA student and 2 alumni exhibit their work in 3 different exhibitions in Florence this week


Jorge Eielson, Vittorio Tolu, Gianni Ruffi, Luca Matti & Anna Rose

March 31-April 29, 2016

Opening: March 31 at 5pm

Chiostro in Azione – Biblioteca Umanistica, Piazza Brunelleschi 4, Florence – ITALY

Opening Thursday, March 31 in Piazza Brunelleschi the exhibition of contemporary art “Quotidiana” carried out under the project “Chiostro in Azione“ that enhances the historical spaces of the Humanities Library of the University of Florence. The exhibition created by Lucilla Sacca and Martha Canfield, will be inaugurated at 5pm at the Brunelleschi Hall and the Cloister of Levante, where there will be a performance “The invisible birds” of themes and poetic texts by Peruvian artist Jorge Eielson.

The exhibition features works by Jorge Eielson, Vittorio Tolu, Gianni Ruffi, Matti and Anna Rose, and will be open through April 29. The theme of this initiative is the re-interpretation that a group of artists from different backgrounds and generations has made an objective reality. Since the beginning of the 1900s to the present day, the object has been the great protagonist of artistic research that has investigated many solutions: defined as a material, as a tool, as a symbol, and according to new forms, very different from traditional logic.

SACI alum (2006-7) Anna Rose (b. 1982, Massachusetts, USA) has lived Florence since 2004. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work spans video, installation, costume, photography with a sensibility towards the relationship between body and environment, entering into conversation with historical, psychological, and cultural mythologies of place.

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Keri Rosebraugh: Nature and Man

Exhibition opening and artist talk

April 1, 2016 at 7pm

Cartavetra Galleria
Via maggio 64r, Florence – ITALY

As human beings, it is valuable that we see and appreciate beauty in our surroundings. While it is commonplace to observe the magnitude and greatness in nature, today’s delicate climate calls for a mental movement rather than a restful contemplation while comprehending the infinite landscape.

Rosebraugh seeks to find connections between man and nature, exploring the fragility and strength of our habitat and how humans and the environment affect each other. Focusing on the inquiry and analysis of the concept of “fixing” things, specfically in nature, her artwork explores human’s quest for comfort versus our urgent need for mankind to live mindfully on this planet. Her pieces are often temporary and created using materials and elements on site, which decompose in time – symbolic to the cycle and regeneration of our planet. Her practice is based on the exchange of ideas and resources, sometimes with direct participation of people as possible vehicles for social change. Through drawing, sculpture, video, and installation Rosebraugh seeks to promote a dialogue examining mankind’s relationship with the sublime in a world of capitalistic practices and high-powered economies.

Keri Rosebraugh will be a 2016 MFA in Studio Art graduate at SACI in April.

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Alexander Wong

Alexandra Wong // Confirmation

Opening: April 6, 2016 at 7 – 9pm

Via di Mezzo 6r, Florence – ITALY

American artist Alexandra Wong (SACI Alum, 2013-14) is a painter and draughtsman from the United States and a current resident of Florence. Captivated by the narrative qualities visual art has the ability to portray, her work is often centered upon a specific person or location that reveals the confusion of truth and objectivity in a linear narrative. Her latest series plays with images of physical permanence and contrasting context. Alexandra principally uses the medium of watercolor for its ability to navigate through ambiguous washes and plains to specific and detailed edges.

“I’ve always been interested in buildings. The geometry, the intersecting angles, but most of all the intentional permanence and durability for which they were constructed. Beyond structural integrity, these spaces, palaces, bridges, churches, attempt to secure everlasting impositions found in culture, power, and even the belief in life after death. However, places built with these sorts of intention often need context to bear significance. In this series I’ve removed any sort of ‘place’ for my chosen subjects so original intent has the opportunity to slip away from the viewer.”

Continue reading an interview with the artist in Spotlight: Alexandra Wong published by Creative People in Florence in English and Italian.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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