Almost a landscape
In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes of Milan.
The exhibition of Elisabeth Scherffig is made up of six large drawings (120x160cm) and a steel structure from which 10 organdy silk needlework panels are hung.
The German artist, who has lived and worked in Italy for more than thirty years, has chosen an urban landscape of on going or abandoned work sites as the subject for her drawings. Small repeated marks in chalk led (dark sepia) on slightly rough Arches paper describe matter inch by inch, catching the tension and precariousness of the equilibrium. Simple shapes, on the other hand, are used for the fine needlework of the silk panels. They represent small fishermens buildings along the Spanish coast of Andalusia used for storing their equipment.
The assembly of works gives rise to a play of transparency which winds through the suggestive space in borgovico 33, perfectly expressing the duality of existence: chaos and order, solid and void, darkness and light.
The entirety is constructed like a piece of music. The drawing is the complexity with its interlock of rhythm, harmony and melody whereas the silk needlework crystallizes the themes found in the composition.
Elisabeth Scherffig (1949) was born in Düsseldorf (Germany) and has lived in Milan since 1970.
To cite only the most recent personal exhibitions:
The catalog Quasi un paessaggio (Almost a landscape) will be published for the exhibition by borgovico33 with an introduction by Angela Madesani and text by Alberto Veca.