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2 August - 13 August
MICHELANGELO RUSSO & JENNIFER JABU
2 August – 13 August 2022
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm – 8pm
The elements of composition are both rigid and fluid, angular and curvy, resulting in endless possibilities.
Vele (pl) in Italian means sails.
The point of departure for Vele stemmed from Michelangelo’s WAX series (2002-2006) where large pieces of materials (hessian, cotton and denim) were roughly stitched together before painted with encaustic. Bold protruding stitches form the composition of mainly large monochrome works.
In Vele the artists continue their journey through exploring various methods of cutting and assembling cardboard. The elements of composition are both rigid and fluid, angular and curvy, resulting in endless possibilities. The concept of radical geometry revisited and reconceptualised.
Michelangelo & Jenn have introduced fabric and stitching into Vele. The hard lines that defined earlier collaborations begin to soften with curves of the fabric, where rigid geometry dissolves into perforated skins and flowing sails transporting the viewer to another dimension. Broken and torn fabrics are stitched and the fluidity of the newly acquired shapes would merge with the landscape, the built environment and ultimately with our souls to take us on a Vele journey.
Michelangelo Russo born 1962, Campobasso, Italy. Michelangelo started painting at the age of 12, he had his first solo exhibition in 1977. After studying architecture and graphic design in Pescara and Rome he relocated to Berlin in early 1990 where he lived for 4 years before moving to Melbourne Australia in 1994. During his career Michelangelo had several solo and group shows in Italy, Germany, Cuba and Australia. Michelangelo has had a lifelong interest not only in painting but also music. Since 1979 he has played in several bands in Italy, Germany and Australia. He has toured Europe playing concerts and experimental music festivals, and has appeared on several seminal recordings. Since 1994 he collaborated widely with musician/songwriter/producer Hugo Race, and composers/musicians Wendy Morrison and Andrew Ogburn amongst others, appearing in many projects, recordings and performances.
Jennifer Jabu born in 1973 in Sibu, Sarawak on the remote island of Borneo. Moving abroad in 1988 to Melbourne, attended high school and completed tertiary education. She graduated in B. Architecture (Hons) , M. International Urban and Environmental Management and a doctoral candidate in planning at RMIT University, Melbourne. In her training, she has always regarded painting, sculpture and architecture as complimentary disciplines that influence and interact with each other. She has travelled through Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United States and the Middle East. Her frequent trips to Borneo is spent with family and visiting her ancestral village homes and village communities. She resides in Melbourne, Victoria.
The collaboration between Michelangelo Russo and Jennifer Jabu started in early 2019 during the preparation of “Cartoni containers contained” exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs Gallery Melbourne, August 2019.