The Flat – Massimo Carasi

3, Via Paolo Frisi (MM Porta Venezia), 20129 Milan, Italy

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Our booth project for VOLTA14 would feature this year the work of 3 mid-career artists and of an emerging one:

Matthew Allen (b. 1981, New Zealand) — painting (minimal-monochrome)

Michael Bevilacqua (b. 1966 USA) — painting (stratified-exuberant)

Paolo Cavinato  (b. 1975 Italy) — wall installation (geometric- minimal)

Michael Johansson (b. 1975 Sweden) – sculptures/installation (geometric – accumulated)

Despite of the diversity in their works, all the artists in this presentation seem to focus on the ephemeral aspects of the contemporary life offering a varied commentary of the “surreal” that surrounds us. Such observations tend to forge an elusive aesthetic of the current times .

Matthew Allen and Michael Bevilacqua are here paired, even if their artistic surveys appear quite distant. While Bevilacqua insists once again taking a new direction and implementing the most recent production with abstract and figurative subjects and a very varied palette, Allen's concentrates his efforts on the production of a series of small and medium-sized canvases, constituting simple monochromatic greyish surfaces, almost mirroring.

Paolo Cavinato and Michael Johansson’s work tend to confront on the limit of the human perception of physical spaces, that tell about our desires and our fears of achieving a dimension of stillness and composure, while a primeval instinct of disorientation seem to permeate both their installations. 

Michael Bevilacqua, Radiance from the Waters, 2018, Acrylic on archival digital canvas, 199.5 x 140 x 3.5 cm | 78.5 x 55 x 1.25 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Michael Bevilacqua, Annihilation: the Velvet Fold, 2018, Acrylic and flasche on archival digital canvas, 145 x 114 x 5 cm | 44.75 x 57 x 2 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Michael Johansson, Flip Shelf (orange), 2018, Ordinary items, shelves, 100 x 72 x 31.5 cm | 39.5 x 28.25 x 12.5 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Michael Johansson, Flip Shelf (blue), 2018, Ordinary items, shelves, 149.5 x 80 x 31 cm | 58.5 x 31.5 x 12.25 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Michael Johansson, Déjà vu, 2018, Ordinary items, 45.5 x 44 x 42.5 cm | 18 x 17.25 x 16.75 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Paolo Cavinato, Limen #2, 2018, Enamel on fluorocarbon line, frame and background in wood, LED light system, Plexiglas,152 x 152 x 22 cm | 60 x 60 x 8.75 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Paolo Cavinato, Interior Projection #18, 2018, Enamel on fluorocarbon line, wood frame, aluminium background, Plexiglas, 80 x 80 x10 cm | 31.5 x 31.5 x 4 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Matthew Allen, Vertical IV, 2018, Polished graphite on linen, 70 x11 cm | 27.5 x 4.25 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Matthew Allen, Untitled II, 2018, Polished graphite on linen, 14.5 x 26 cm | 5.75 x 10.25 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan
Matthew Allen, Untitled II (28x27), 2017, Polished graphite and joint compound on linen, 30 x 27 x 4.2 cm | 11.75 x 10.5 x 1.75 inches. Courtesy The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan