A small New York City skyline magically appears in the desert. A copper casting of a mountain known for a tragic episode in Apache history moves from hand to hand, from here to there, like a huge coin. A walkable and almost invisible solar system winds through the streets of downtown Phoenix. A mural depicting the disappearing life of miners in Superior, Ariz., becomes a puzzle to put back together morning by morning, with the help of coffee. A prototype of a board game invented by Jules Verne sends players traveling around the United States circa 1939. A Magic Friday dinner unexpectedly takes place in Phoenix, with guests arriving on two wheels.
These vignettes and more comprise a body of work by Italian artist Matteo Rubbi that will debut on Oct.19, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Project Space, a public exhibition venue at the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency at Combine Studios in downtown Phoenix.
Matteo Rubbi is the winner of the 2011 Furla Prize, an award given one artist every other year. Rubbi has been an artist in residence for the past year and is investigating the cultural aspects of mining in Arizona, the role of the bicycle in urban transportation and food as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds. Rubbi’s artwork occurs at the intersection between object and audience, shifting viewers to participants. The setting or context for each of his artistic investigations becomes integrally woven into the work itself.
The exhibition marks the inauguration of the new public exhibition space in the residency facility. The Project Space will host a variety of exhibitions, projects, lectures and public events
The ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency at Combine Studios is located in downtown Phoenix, at 821 North Third Street. For additional information please call the ASU Art Museum at 480-965-2787
|foto di Bruno Sousa