Nuvola, 2019

video hologram, 7:00 min loop video Fan Video hologram 65 cm diameter ed/ /3

Born in 1979, Bibbiena, Italy.

FR

Michel-Ange Bastiani, artiste florentin, est né à Bibbiena (AR) en 1979. Après avoir obtenu son diplôme à l'Institut d'art de Florence, il est diplômé de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts avec une majeure en Peintures Photographie sous maestro Gustavo Giulietti. Aujourd'hui, il travaille et vit en Toscane. Il est représenté par Aria Art Gallery à Florence, Barbara Paci Gallery à Pietrasanta, Liquid Art Gallery Système à Capri, SpazioMR Gallery à Rome, il a une installation permanente dans le centre de Capri, expose à Venise, Florence, Milan, Capri, Pietrasanta... Son travail fut également exposé à Londres, Francfort, Oslo, Rome, Kiev et Istanbul ainsi qu’aux États-Unis à New York, au Musée Mana Contemporain de Jersey City, au contexte de l'art de New York, Houston Art Fair et au Jim Kempner Galerie et C24 Gallery à Chelsea, New York. Le travail de Bastiani est composé de projections vidéo interactives et d’installations hologramme sur des écrans LED, concentrés sur le thème de l'eau. Depuis le début de sa carrière, l'eau a été au cœur du cheminement artistique de cet artiste, prêt à représenter un art qui change toujours, qui n’est jamais le même. En raison de sa nature dynamique, l'eau a toujours été difficile à représenter. La stratégie pour résoudre ce problème est par le biais de la technologie qui permet une interaction tangible, une connexion directe avec le spectateur : une chute d'eau n’aura jamais un flux constant, mais change selon les gens qui passent devant elle, qui deviennent effectivement une partie du processus cinétique du travail. Le naturel est comparé à l’artificiel ; la force des éléments trouve sa représentation dans un mariage antithétique. Un mariage d'emprisonnement de nature causé par l'homme, mais en même temps une exaltation dû à la nécessité de l'un à l'autre. 

EN

Florentine artist Michelangelo Bastiani graduated first from Florence's Art Institute and later from the Academy of Fine Arts, where he majored in painting and photography under Maestro Gustavo Giulietti. Bastiani lived in California and New York before returning to Tuscany, and has held critically-acclaimed exhibitions in the Italian cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, Capri, and Pietrasanta, and internationally in  Paris, London, Munich, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Kiev, and Oslo. In the United States, Bastiani has exhibited, New York, Miami, Palm Beach, Hamptons, Boca Raton, Houston, Austin, Dallas. He also exhibited at Saatchi Gallery in London and Mana Contemporary Museum in Jersey City.
Michelangelo Bastiani uses technology in his representations of water to illustrate its dynamic nature and facilitate a direct connection and tangible interaction with the viewer. In his current exhibition, “title”, Bastiani showcases his hologram installations and interactive video projections on LED screens exploring the theme of liquidness, with water representing the constantly changing intrinsic nature of art.
Of his work, Bastiani says: Based on Bohm's oleographic theory that "our universe is a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram", in my works I reproduce a microcosm in a bottle, where videos, two-dimensional by nature, become solid and dynamic realities. It is a visual perception that can be explained through the Gestalt laws. “Water, and liquidness in general, is my preferred field of investigation. My favorite subjects are natural phenomena of different magnitude, from the most tumultuous storms to soft clouds, relaxing water lilies, cold icebergs, waterfalls, fountains, galaxies, travels to the center of the earth... For instance, an artificial lake might take shape in a room and, thanks to digital techniques, the spectator becomes an integral part of the work by simply passing in front of it, thus becoming a part of the kinetic process. Analog and digital blend in these holograms which are enclosed in transparent bottles and jars, and direct interaction from the viewer results in infinite variables. The relationship between work and observer become stronger transforming what we imagine as the traditional ‘passive’ visit into an ‘active’ experience.” The comparison between artifice and nature is a central theme in art history: painters, sculptors and architects over the centuries have recreated the world through the lens of their works, Michelangelo Bastiani accepts this challenge by regenerating the natural world into the latest digital mechanisms, A futuristic process of art, combining multimedia and real objects, where the artwork becomes a place of interactive cultural animation, defining a stronger interpersonal relationship between the viewer and contemporary art production. Michelangelo Bastiani's works are video installations on large screens, interactive video projections and holograms, focusing in particular on elements of nature and the state of matter. Based on Bohm's oleographic theory that "our universe is a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram", Bastiani works reproduce a microcosm in a bottle, where videos, two-dimensional by nature, become solid and dynamic realities.
Bastiani is able to deal with this difficulty by tangible interaction technology, which communicates directly with the spectator: his digital waterfall will never keep a steady flow, but will change depending on the viewer' movement, as part of the kinetic process of the work. Nature blends with artifice: the strength of the elements is performed as a sort of paradox where nature is trapped by the hand of man, but in the meantime exalted by his clever use of technology. The artist gives to natural phenomena or graceful feminine figures a new home, shaped as a glassy bottle: a microcosm perpetually communicating with the audience in the vision of a realistic and coherent scene. The interactive video is a perennial happening where the work lives and changes, resulting in infinite variables. Thus, the relationship between work and observer become stronger transforming what we imagine as the traditional "passive" visit into "active". Between real and virtual, Bastiani gives life to a third dimension in which nature and artifice coexist, following an artistic research where the only constants seem to be transformation, and the evolution of his works over time.

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

« Pareidolie olografiche », Video Installations
Studio Azeglio - Bologna Art City, Bologna, Italy

2019 

« Nothing Else », Video Installazioni
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Zaffara, Monopoli, Italy

2018 

"The luminous substance of the intangibile", Video Installazioni
Aria Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

"Viaggio al Centro della Terra", Video Installazioni
Villa Lysis, Capri, Italy

« Reazione Impossibile », Video Installazioni
Galerie Mark Hachem , Paris, France

2017 «  Chashama »
Galleria Ca' D'Oro, Video Installazioni, New York, NY, USA

« Beyond the Matter »
Galleria Ca' d'Oro, Video Installazioni, Chelsea, NY, USA

« Air of Florence », Aria Art Gallery
Video Installazioni, London, United Kingdom

2016

« Diorama »,  Spazio MR Gallery, Video Installazioni, Rome, Italy

« Liquid Art System »
Solo project, Hologram Video Installation, Context NY Art fair, New York, USA

2015

Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, « De Rerum Natura, infra terram »
Video Installazioni, Pietrasanta, Italia

2007

Galeria Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2004

BGH Galery, Santa Barbara California, USA

2002

Hotel Carlton, Oslo, Norway, “Water Galaxy”

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Castello di Susans, Maravee Ludo Exhibition, Video Installazioni, Majano (UD), ITALY

 

2016 

Saatchi Gallery – Start Art Fair, Aria Art gallery, Video Installazioni, London, UK

Aria Art Gallery, “Eau de Florance” Exhibition, Video Installazioni, London, UK

Art Context New York, Liquid Art System, Video Installazioni – Solo Project, New York, USA

SpazioMR Gallery, Video Installazione, Rome, ITALY

C24 Gallery, Video Installazione, Chelsea, New York, USA

 

 

2015

 

Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Aria Art Gallery, Video Installazioni, Istanbul, TURKEY

The Others Art Fair, Alviani Art Space, Video Installazione, Torino, ITALY

Capri The Island of Art, Liquid Art System, Video Installazione, Capri, ITALY

Capri Tiberio Palace – Liquid Art System, Video Installazione, Capri, ITALY

Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, De Rerum Natura “infra terram”, Video Installazioni, Pietrasanta, ITALY

White Room Art System, Video Installazioni, Capri, ITALY

Aria Art Gallery, Video installation, Florence, ITALY

 

2014 

Grand Hotel et de Milan, Video installations, Milan, ITALY

Barbara Paci Gallery, “It’s time to move”, Video installations, Pietrasanta (Lucca), ITALY

Il Bottaccio London, “Visibilia ex Invisibilibus”, Video installations, London, UK

Aria Art Gallery, “Digital Marmore Wall II”, Video Installation, Florence, ITALY

 

2013

Istanbul Art Fair, “Digital Marmore Wall”, Video Installation ,Istanbul, TURKEY

Aria Art Gallery, “Digital Marmore Wall”, Video Installation, Florence, ITALY

Mana Contemporary Museum, “Geyser”, Video Installation, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Arezzo Biennale, “Water Galaxy”, Video Installation, Arezzo, ITALY

Aria Art Gallery, “Geyser”, Video Installation, Florence, ITALY

 

2012

Art Kyiv Contemporary – Aria Art Gallery, Video Installations, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, UKRAINE

Galleria in Paradiso “Street”, Video Installation, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, ITALY

Houston Art Fair, Video Installations, Houston, USA

 

2011

Dream Factory Gallery, Video Installation, Milan, ITALY

Aria Art Gallery, Video Installation, Florence, ITALY

Hubner and Hubner Gallery, Video Installation, Frankfurt, GERMANY

2009

Jim Kempner Gallery, Video Installation, New York, USA

 

2007

Area Pettini, “NAM NAM”, Florence, ITALY

 

2006

Villa Strozzi, “Ruotati!, Florence, ITALY

2005

Giubbe Rosse, “Accademici”, Florence, ITALY

2004

Accademia di Belle Arti, “Studenti in Mostra”, Florence, ITALY

 

2003

Giubbe Rosse, “Colors”, Florence, ITALY

 

2002

“Otto’s Gallery”, Oslo, NORWAY