post-title Luca Lanzi | MALIA | lorch + seidel contemporary | 07.09.-20.10.2018

Luca Lanzi | MALIA | lorch + seidel contemporary | 07.09.-20.10.2018

Luca Lanzi | MALIA | lorch + seidel contemporary | 07.09.-20.10.2018

Luca Lanzi | MALIA | lorch + seidel contemporary | 07.09.-20.10.2018

until 20.10. | #2188ARTatBerlin | lorch + seidel contemporary shows from 7th September 2018 the exhibition MALIA with mit sculptures and drawings by the artist Luca Lanzi. The gallery is taking part in the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2018 (Details below).

Gea is the Italian version of Gaía, the primal Earth goddess in Greek mythology. In spite of her infantine character, Luca Lanzi’s fetish doll emanates dignity and serenity, but also willingness and expectancy. Her body is simplified; everything is rounded. Missing are hands and feet. Mouth, nipples and the back of the head bulge outward. The terracotta surface is veiled with a glaze of white gesso, a shimmering tone that bestows distance and purity on the figurine. The powdery effect highlights the pores of the fired clay and the drawings finely etched onto it.

Luca Lanzi | Feticcio Gea | sculpture | terracotta and gesso | 2018
33 x 30 x 26 cm | 13 x 11.8 x 10.2 inches | H x L x D

Luca Lanzi | Feticcio Gea | sculpture | terracotta and gesso | 2018 (Detail)

The lotus mandalas on the arms symbolize life and harmony and are reminiscent of the tradition of henna body painting. The rippling lines around the hips may suggest the waist beads used by African women from time immemorial to accentuate their femininity. The extension on the back of the head is interpretable as a kind of Bantu knot hairstyle. Through this positive act of artistic appropriation, Luca Lanzi integrates citations from other cultures into his own form language, imbuing his doll with an enigmatic and exotic aura.

LUCA LANZI (born in Bologna/IT in 1977) studied at the academies of fine arts in Bologna and Berlin-Weißensee. In 2005, he was a fellow at the Collegio Artistico Venturoli Foundation. Luca Lanzi lives in Bologna. Works by Luca Lanzi are exhibited regularly in galleries and at art fairs in Italy, Germany. and the USA, and can be found in the collections of the Museum Keramion (DE), the Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna, and the City of Modena (IT).

Vernissage: Friday, 7th September 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition period: Friday, 7th September 2018 to Saturday, 20th October 2018

Finissage: Saturday, 20th October 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018 | Vernissage September 27, 2018, 5-29 pm
Tempelhof Airport Hangar-4 | Columbiadamm 10 | 10965 Berlin – Stand C-01 | Luca Lanzi | Julius Weiland | Tobias Wyrzykowski

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Exhibition Luca Lanzi – lorch + seidel contemporary | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin


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