100 Gallons of water a line and a bag of sand

2010

100 Gallons of water a line and a bag of sand as installation is part of Articulating Change, Emanuele solo show at StoneSquid in Hastings. A series of water themed works that explore change through material acts of making.  Water, a recurrent material in Emanuele’s work, with its mesmeric quality, has an intimate connections with life and death. Its relationship to the creation of meaning is of particular interest in this installation; as Emanuele states: ‘the constantly changing nature of water seems to suggest the existence of continuity in change’.  Articulating Change review by GXJacques.

Half way through

2002

Echoing a partially disassemble domestic wardrobe, half way through is an ambiguous object. It appears as an unfinished piece intentionally left there half way through the making.

48 hours

2010

48 hours was created for Articulating Change, Emanuele solo show at Stone Squid Gallery in Hastings. Intuitive experimentation with the malleability of plasticine manipulated through repetitive actions led to a complete resurfacing of Emanuele’s studio working table. The piece has opacity, as plasticine creates a new grainy surface, transforming the table into a shimmering object. Its contemplation is equally absorbing and reflective. The title of the work references the timing for the making process pointing back to the gestural repetition. Articulating Change review by GX Jacques.

Balancing beam

2001

An interest in movement and communication is already apparent in Emanuele’s earlier pieces. Working with ideas of balance balancing beam is informed by Emanuele early experiences in gymnastic and dance. Painted in two contrasting colors, the object with a strong formal presence is displayed as an interactive sculptural piece and the viewers are invited to walk on it.

Brine buckets

2010

Brine buckets is a video installation created for Articulating Change Emanuele solo show at StoneSquid in Hastings. Projected onto a watery and salty surface the videos action one & two float inside the two metal buckets. The projected surface having the consistence of dried out sea water at time reveals other conceals the projection, whilst a salty surface is displayed above the buckets.

Wrap up

2001

Site-specific intervention on a functioning radiator; protecting from the dispersal of heat with corrugated cardboard coated with blue sticky paint.

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).

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