With the Eyes of the Earth
Markus Karstiess

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Markus Karstiess, Claudio Abate, Roberth Smithson, With the Eyes of the Earth, Colli publishing platform, 500 copies, 38.5 x 28, 2018, produced for the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, 2018, Roma.

49 years ago Robert Smithson made his first earthwork Asphalt Rundown in October 1969 in an abandoned quarry near Rome with Galleria L’Attico. This publication brings together rare and previously unpublished material from the Archivio Claudio Abate  and Fabio Sargentini (Galleria L’Attico) documenting the iconic flow and the exhibition Smithson realized inside Galleria L’Attico, as well as sculptures and video works from Markus Karstiess who made a dig for the remains of the asphalt in 2014.

In the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, conceived by Markus Karstiess, the artist practices what in some places might be called artistic research. That is to say, rather, Markus Karstiess is following through in a personal quest in this exhibition, into what remains of Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown (1969), located in Rome. Karstiess finds himself in the combined role of artist-curator. This already provides a glimpse into the complex nature of his artistic oeuvre, a lens to the exhibition itself, which in turn consists of diverse visible and invisible individual components.

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Tricia Treacy/Bettina Allamoda | Slot/Spandex Studies
Tricia Treacy - Bettina Allamoda

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Colli independent art gallery presents the sixth project room dedicated to new work by international artists. On this occasion, the featured artists are American graphic designer Tricia Treacy with her project Slot and the German visual artist Bettina Allamoda with her Spandex studies series.

Tricia Treacy, a Rome Prize Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome this past year, proposes a printed matter setup investigating the relationship between art, design, and collaborative writing. Various voices contributed to a cross writing format, creating an interdisciplinary and international exchange. Their efforts produce in Treacy’s work a series of publications and artist prints animated by narration, superimpo- sition, comparative research, and open dialogue. Slot is an artist’s book that blurs, conceals and reveals, an interactive reading experience that taps into the various perspectives of members of the creative community at the American Academy in Rome. There, Fellows, as well as Rome-based artists and writers, were asked to pause and reflect upon the themes of privacy and matters unspoken. In developing a graphic language to convey these themes, and dwell upon the thresholds between public and private, Treacy drew inspiration from the Roman cityscape. Mail slots, which beckon passersby to imagi- ne private realms hidden from prying eyes, shutters, and painted urban walls offered conceptual and format elements in visual collages and motifs that echo throughout the book. The title of the book, slot, deliberately suggests, not only these physical thresholds, but also gaps in social intercourse that trigger conversations.

The exhibition of Tricia Treacy in the ground floor includes:
(1) Original wood block, screen print + letterpress prints in an variable edition by Tricia Treacy. Printed at L’Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome, Italy + Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina; (2) Experimental artist books, Risograph-printed by Jo Frenken at the Charles Nypels Lab at Jan van Eyck in Maastricht, Ne- therlands. Cases were designed and produced by John DeMerritt in Emeryville, California. Edition of 70; (3) Risograph and digitally printed swatchbook (in an edition of 150) highlighting a close-up of all work associa- ted with this project from the analog and digital components acts as an archive.

The exhibition continues in the underground space with the work of Bettina Allamoda.
Tension may be considered one of the key aspects of Allamoda’s research. The tension between opposite dualities, the force occurring as a result of stretching and twisting. In the underground space of Colli inde- pendent gallery Bettina Allamoda shows a sculpture, a textile “study”, an assemblage and some collages describing icons of fashion, architecture and urban landscape. She has always been interested in art and the place where it is shown, often engaging architecture in her hybrid status between material and culture. The work of Bettina Allamoda, who has been in residence at Villa Massimo – Accademia Tedesca in Rome this year, explores the surface of the textile ‘spandex’ to create spatial forms, architectural and artistic, and the relationship of fashion to space.

The intervention is the first of the Happy Fashion program, a series of events that will culminate in the publi- cation of Happy Fashion 2 / reprint, a visual and iconic essay on architecture, society and fashion, curated by viaindustriae publishing.

Tricia Treacy’s project is made possible by the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.


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Slot – Tricia Treacy

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Artist book, risograph print, not bounded, edition of 70 copies signed, 31.8 x 43.2 cm (closed), 2018. GO TO SHOP

a book that blurs, conceals + reveals

An experimental artist book that taps into the perspectives, dialogs, and insights gathered by Treacy from various members of the creative community of the American Academy in Rome. The 2017–18 Rome Prize fellows as well as Rome-based artists and authors were asked to pause and reflect upon the theme of privacy or matters unspoken. Their contributions have been juxtaposed and interwoven to create random connections and an unconventional visual narrative. The process of Risograph printing with master printer, Jo Frenken (Charles Nypels Lab in Maastricht, Netherlands) initiated a meshing technique to communicate this web of private narratives. In place of reiteration, the project uses gaps and overlaps between the different perspectives as a structural principal.

Contributors include: Chiara Barzini, Sanford Biggers, Alessandro Cicoria, Brandon Clifford, Abigail DeVille, Alessandro Di Pietro, Allen Frame, Ashley Fure, Aroussiak Gabrielian, Valeria Giampietro, Sean Gullette, T. Geronimo Johnson, Joanna Klink, Antonella Lattanzi, Johanna Lobdell, Kevin Moch, Matteo Nucci, Elizabeth Cowan White, and Arnisa Zeqo.


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Batia Suter & Katinka Bock |16.12-17.3.17
Flava - Solo annacquato

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Colli Independent Art Gallery presents Flava – Solo annacquato, a project “in two” made by the German artist Katinka Bock and the Swiss-Dutch Batia Suter. The exhibition is the result of research on the “fluvial area” of Tevere, and more generally on the relationship between the water and the city of Rome, which becomes liquid iconography inside the artist’s book edited by Roma Publication (Amsterdam). The show will present the intervention of the two artists who will co-habitate the gallery’ spaces. The relationship between the water and the city is exhibited in multiples declinations. In Suter’s works the numerous images try to describe the water from a superficial only to go into depth later on. The associative method goes through the use of preexistent images to built a new narration, which allows the artist  to describe the Tevere and its iconography by means of his different stratification. History and images are connected through a continuous rhythm, scanned by sensorial and conceptual references. For Suter a work never begins with a detail; instead through the use of  various images her work is tries to define personal encyclopedia. On the other hand, Bock’s work intervenes especially inside the space’s context. The use of water becomes a “physical passage.” Its course, through a series of plumbings, constitutes a programmed path in which the water would not able to flow without the support offered by the sculpture. Showing and hiding are predominant aspects. The plumbing’s structure – usually hidden – becomes the protagonist that reveals the exchange between the water and the solid matter. The pipes in iron and the floor in concrete are connected thanks to the hole in the centre of the flooring, that transforms the gallery’s basement in a fountain. Water thus becomes a metaphor of time and the presence of the people moving inside the space, coming in and out.

The catalogue/artist’s book is produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing.


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