action one & two

push & pull

2009

The site-specific video installation action one & two created for the exhibition Uncharted Stories at the Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Art, responded to the space by using the narrowest corners of the gallery to create a mirroring projection of two actions performed for the camera. Action one represents a macro-vision of a transparent and jelly material that looks like a micro-world of cellule-like forms, attempting to pull each other apart; action two shows a female subject blowing to exhaustion into the same type of material, the more she blows the more she distorts the reflection of herself. Looking in and looking out, action one & two negotiate a space between the self and the world around.

Milk font/Milk vessel

2007

Milk font/Milk vessel was born as a site-specific response to the Florence Trust Residency. It appropriated the iconography of the architecture at Florence Trust by filling the church font not with holy water, but with a rich, thick, velvety white liquid that evoked an eerie sense of timelessness.  The work was consequently adapted for a gallery context and titled Milk Vessel, where the video was projected into an ice container.

One of thousands

2007

One of thousands was created as a site-specific response to the Florence Trust Residency; composed of a video installation projected inside a narrow alleyway underneath the church organ and an additional sound piece, which was playing from above next to the organ and in other areas of the church. The particular positioning of the video encouraged an intimate and contemplative engagement with the work, whilst the sound playing from above created a disruption between moving image and sound.

Muteness

2006

In the video Muteness, the viewer witnesses a slow process of unbecoming, as the letters of the alphabet melt and disintegrate before one’s eyes with the intervention of water. The ebbing away of the form and the resulting abstract image are compelling viewing. The tenuous relationship between chaos and order is evident here, as the work acknowledges our psyche’s constant unravelling in today’s world (extract from Kathy Battista text).

Draw 2014 Symposium and Exhibition

Meltingme

2005

This is a time-based installation. Each day, frozen ink is cast into letters, the given material slowly being replaced by a trace of the communication with the negative of the letters that forms on the floor, pointing to what was once fleetingly there (from Lisa Le Feuvre text).
Frozen ink melts the letters m and e onto a scroll of paper, eerily painting a portrait of itself in action; a powerful example of time-based work which has immediacy and honesty. The viewer can return to discover a new, changing relationship as the piece evolves (from GX Jacques review).

 

Sea container

2005

The work is the cast of the negative space of the container that has been used for the transfer of black ink into water shown in the video Stillness. The two pieces of work exist both together as one installation, and independently.

Clock

2005

A site-specific installation for Benjamin Franklin House, London.  Intervention with chalk on a functioning clock.

Not I aquarium

2005

 Not I cutouts in perspex are filled with ink and water and left to gradually dry out.

Stage plan drawings

2014

Approaching the empty page of a black hand-bound book as a stage, Stage plan drawings reproduces in the form of graphic drawings, developed from choreographic Banesh notations, dancers’ patterns and formations for Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and for Britten’s Young Apollo. The viewer is invited to browse the book whilst listening to the recorded sound of dancers ‘steps on stage. An interplay between public and private spaces is at play in the display of the work: from the public moment of a performance to the singular act of reception of the viewer in the gallery space, back to the public as an online digital format for the book; here the singularity of reception is preserved via the one to one encounter of the work on the computer screen.

Stage plans is an artist book (hand-bound book courtesy of Denise Hawrysio) and sound installation, originally conceived for Book Act a project by AMBruno for the exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds, it was shown with Graphic Traces installation for acts/reacts 2014 at Wimbledon Space.

Stage Plans digital version

365 glasses

2004

The installation 365 glasses is composed of 365 casted wax glasses with a hollow stem filled with coloured inks, orderly lined up on the gallery floor, the initial set up is disrupted throughout the duration of exhibition by spillages of ink on the floor. The malleable material, affected by the change in temperature of the gallery, set the work in motion. 365 glasses is the first of Emanuele’s sculpture where it is the material that becomes performative as the stems gradually melting poured out the liquid.