Italian artist Fausto Salvi's London show is a beautiful selection of eight large ceramic vases and eight matching drawings, displayed for eight days only.
Fausto says: "I have chosen 'Eight days in town' as the title for this show because in my experience, when I travel, eight days is the perfect time to discover a new place or rediscover a place I haven't been to for a long time. The idea of one week plus one day is the perfect time to see things and then to go back and see anything I might have missed. To take leave; to complete the circle".
Salvi's vases are decorated with vivid images of the city. In these stylised and surreal paintings there is often an element of catastrophe, whether massive lightning strikes or devastating explosions. Typically playful, these
cityscapes are both jokey and slightly sinister - there is a sense of being trapped, of being a stranger and of being lost in a dream that could easily tip over into a nightmare. These are unreal cities, both beautiful and haunting. Inspired by the antique practice of maiolica (richly enamelled earthenware), Salvi has mastered this method to create highly coloured and striking objects which are both completely original and often reminiscent of inspirations such as pop art and surrealism.
The drawings are coloured ballpoint pen on paper and depicting details of the same surreal images found on the vases. The paper is Hanji, a traditional Korean handmade paper from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea.
These vases were developed at Salvi's atelier in Brescia in Northern
Italy and the drawings are one result of his two-month residency in Seoul.
Opening night - 20th November from 6pm to 9pm
FAUSTO SALVI - EIGHT DAYS IN TOWN
20th to 27th November 2014
1b Saltoun Road, London SW2 1EN
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