Reg. in England No. 1863033
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Tarka Kings and Tristano di Robilant
3 December 2014 - 30 January 2015
Faggionato is delighted to present an exhibition of New Works by London-based artist Tarka Kings and Italian-born artist Tristano di Robilant.
Exhibiting together for the first time, the artists are distinct from one another in both method and motif. At first they appear seemingly worlds apart. However, for both artists, inspiration is drawn from multiple sources and converges naturally during the creative process, the final works often evolving intuitively. Di Robilant has always cited poetry, novels and history as key influences, with artworks often donning the title of a particularly inspiring text. Kings, also finds creative inspiration in musical lyrics, literature and film.
The exhibition will include four new works by Kings and five new sculptures in bronze, ceramic, and glass by di Robilant. Kings works figuratively with coloured pencil on gesso in a seemingly endless process of controlled and highly detailed mark making. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, her mood, and memories, Kings works reveal themselves slowly and mysteriously. Two of her new pieces, Knocking on Heaven’s Door I (2014) and Knocking on Heaven’s Door II (2014), focus on the singular subject of a lone horse traversing a beach, its presence serene yet melancholy. The time of day is ambiguous and there is no hint as to its purpose for being there. These new works show subtle, stylistic developments, using a denser coloured pencil technique. Kings’s marks create a soft, impressionistic style that seems to have an agency of their own in the rendering of light and tone.
With di Robilant, careful preparatory sketches ultimately yield to the innate particularities of each different material that he employs, releasing the hand of the artist that is so pivotal to Kings’s work. The show will include pieces made from ceramic, bronze, glass, and plaster, showing a wider range of materials than in previous shows at Faggionato. Some of his recent sculptures are abstract containers, featuring a contemplative enclosed space within. For instance, Building for Angels (2014), initially begun as a commission for the Italian town of Origgio, shows two painted metal frames one within the other. Shade Shelter (2014) displays two protective bronze arches, symbolic of a moment of temporary relief. The relation between each part touches upon di Robilant’s views on the relations between generations: simultaneously intimate yet distanced by time.
Tarka Kings was born in 1961 and lives and works in London and Scotland. She has exhibited in the UK and USA. Recent commissions include the Diana and Actaeon project at Chatsworth House, 2013. Her work is held in private and public collections in the UK, including the Maggie’s Centre.
Tristano di Robilant was born in 1964 and lives and works in London and Rome. He has exhibited in Europe and the USA. His most recent exhibition was with Enzo Cucchi at The National Exemplar Gallery, New York (2014). His work is held in international private and public collections including the US Embassies in Mumbai and Rome. This will be his third exhibition at Faggionato.
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