December 17th 2023 - February 29th 2024
In Making Room, renowned Italian artist Agostino Iacurci unveils a captivating exhibition that subtly incorporates elements of traditional Korean architecture and botanical motifs, blending them seamlessly with his distinctive flat-shape artistic style. This exhibition is a result of Iacurci's diverse explorations during his residency, reflecting an engagement with various cultural influences, including aspects of Korean culture.
A nuanced influence on Iacurci's work during this period was his encounter with 'Dancheong,' a traditional Korean coloring technique known for its vivid hues and geometric patterns. This technique has informed his artwork, allowing him to create pieces that subtly integrate Korean artistic traditions within a broader, contemporary artistic framework.
The title Making Room is reflective of Iacurci's artistic ethos, which involves transforming two-dimensional elements into immersive, three-dimensional experiences. His approach treats space as more than just a physical construct, evolving into a canvas where different cultural narratives, including hints of Korean heritage, intertwine, creating a dynamic interplay.
Iacurci's body of work is characterized by its rich narrative content, integrating historical and cultural elements with whimsical, flat-shaped compositions that explore themes ranging from geometry to architecture and botany. His art is marked by bold lines and vibrant colors, with geometric patterns that occasionally echo Korean aesthetics, bringing a unique storytelling approach.
In Making Room, Iacurci's ambition is to create a dialogue between different artistic heritages, including Korean architectural and botanical elements, and traditional Western motifs. This combination of styles results in a distinctive contrast within the exhibition space. Bright, lively tones and natural themes provide a subtle counterpoint to the subdued greys of the gallery walls, while the repetitive patterns and structural elements in his works offer a nuanced reflection of both local and broader artistic influences.
This exhibition is an invitation to explore Iacurci's artistic journey, bridging the past and present, and blending the vivid with the understated, in a way that respects and reimagines the rich tapestry of cultural history, including touches of Korean influence.