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“We Are All Made of Stardust” the new solo exhibition of Penelope

Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, USA

From January 15toFebruary 10, 2015

 814 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133

  

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Artist Reception: January 30, 6pm

 Website of the italian cultural Institute here

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From January 15 to February 10, 2015, Penelope willbring the magic of the stars amid the Institute’s walls.

San Francisco, January 12, 2015 — As part of a project for the promotion of the best from Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, in collaboration with the association Bologna Connect, is pleased to present new works by Penelope Chiara Cocchi, a talented young artist from Bologna who is already known to the American public.

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From January 15 to February 10, 2015, Penelope will bring the magic of the stars amid the Institute’s walls. The artist’s reception will be on January 30, at 6:00 pm, to allow the artist to arrive from Italy. Mary Tolaro Noyes, a keen connoisseur of Bologna and Ambassador for Bologna Connect in San Francisco, will introduce the exhibition. After several important exhibitions in Miami, Florida and Italy, the artist has been commissioned to create an imaginary bridge between San Francisco and Italy. The new paintings, created especially for this occasion, depict our city together with the most spectacular Italian landscapes. The technique — paintings made on very special canvases: palm leaves, driftwood, advertising signs, old music records, mirrors — is an invention of the artist. It has been developed for years, and was appreciated by several museums, institutions and galleries. 02_Chamaeleon_low The materials used as canvases by the artist are outright ancient and at the same time very contemporary. The mixed media technique that Penelope has invented brings together the art world and the natural world. These found objects have also a life of their own — transformed into artworks they attain the possibility of an extended life thanks to their new condition. The paintings on them recall their past lives, in a dialogue that reaches out to conceptual art.

The exhibition’s title, We Are All Made of Stardust, is in fact just a conceptual pursuit, as there are no pictures of the starry sky, nor paintings of galactic explosions. Especially conceived by the artist, the title recalls the Big Bang, the explosion which every single breath of our planet’s life comes from. Focusing on our daily lives, we always neglect to think about our origins — the very thing that makes us the most special beings of the Universe. Lost in our daily paths and habits, we forget that everything we have and do was first created by Nature.

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Ecology and sustainability are the most important issues that Penelope wants to convey through her works. In fact they are the main intent of this young artist, who always recognized the importance of the role of the Artist in society. The artist is an active observer, who lives and takes part in the contemporary world, and then employs media and ideas to re-interpret reality.

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The Dance of Fire

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The Dance of Fire
Tecnique: Oil on canvas on wood board
Size: 150×100 cm (59″x39.4″)
Year: 2011

Photo Exhibition “The traveling Artist”

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Light of the Future

 

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And… the finished portrait

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Are they really just atoms?

Through many different materials the shining thoughts come to life.
Through the hands, the eye expresses its freshness, its wit.
Only thanks to the eye the hand can move and give life to matter.
Water, earth, air, wind. Perhaps this is what art is made of.
Or perhaps only of small atoms that crushing among them create movement.
A tremble.
Are they really just atoms?
What makes the strings of our senses tremble like little dots in the universe?
Express all this in a sheet of paper. Only art can.
A tremble of the paper, a dream of the wind.

The dream of my life is to produce dreams.

Drawing, painting, photography, installations, sculpture.

Slaves of my eyes, I’m your slave.

 

Exhibition “Spring Cocktail” Centro Emilia Bank

Place: Cento (Ferrara)

Opening Date: 6 june 2013

Ehibition duration: 6 june – 6 july 2013 

Istanbul

 

 

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Istanbul

“Istanbul”

Mixed technique on cotton paper

Size  250×125 cm

june 2013

Commission for private collection

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Details:

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The making of:

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L’emozione della committenza, alla presentazione a sorpresa dell’opera,

durante l’inaugurazione del Cocktail di Primavera alla Banca Centro Emilia:

 

 

 

Il quadro e la scultura “L’abbraccio di Penelope e Ulisse”:

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The bed of Penelope and Ulysses

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Technique: Lambda Photo

Year: 2011

Italy, Val di Sella, Trentino Alto Adige, 2011

Few really know the end of the Odyssey, the story of the adventures of Ulysses in the Mediterranean Sea.
The end is the last challenge that Penelope asks to her husband.
After having killed all the enemies that occupied Itaca, his island, Ulysses has to proof his identity.
Penelope takes Ulysses by the hand and brings him in their bedroom, where their bed waits for them.
The queen asks her servants to move it. And that’s when Ulysses shows who he really is, the king of Itaca.
“Our bed cannot be moved!” One of the feet of the bed is in fact a tree!
An olive tree, that roots in Itaca’s earth!
The link between the king and queen with their earth wants to be the strongest one:
their wedding bed is the biggest symbol of their bond to their place and its nature!

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The magic of colors

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The magic of colors

Technique:  Lambda Photo

Year: 2010

Place: Italy, Venezia, Arsenale

A little girl plays with the colors of a huge Venetian window, with its strong colors, in the old Venice Arsenal.

 

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