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Mirko Canesi

BIOGRAPHY


Working with sculptures and installations the themes of my research are anthropocentrism, ecology and reality, pursuing the utopian idea of de-powering humans.

Decisively limiting his field of action to pre-existent elements, Mirko Canesi creates a strict framework within which to operate: viewing the work as a consequence of pre-defined mechanical processes. Any kind of empathic reaction forms part of the cognitive balancing between the spectator and the project.

Canesi selects the objects that interest him as raw materials from which to create the work, doing away with what is conventionally defined as “creativity”: by leveling the existent on a horizontal plane structured in a non-hierarchical and indefinite fashion, drawing on a neutral outlook like a primitive creature taken from a video-gaming universe, the single elements that makeup reality melt into one another. By losing their historical layering, even the ideas may be seen as raw materials, generating autonomous sensations through their overlapping.

Canesi is interested in the idea of survival and of world-building fantasy that put together fictional universes by plying historical periods to form fully self-contained worlds. Drawing on forms of creativity made available by the cultural industries among others, which he elaborates by adopting crafts practices from the decorative tradition.

EXHIBITIONS


*SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Verdant, Deborah Bowmann, Brussels (BE)
The yesser, Oberwelt, Stuttgart (DE)
European party, Recent Activity, Birmingham (UK)

2018
Contra, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (UK)

2017
Cornucopia, Parco delle Cave, Milano (IT)

2015
Le Marziali, Parco della Villa Reale di Monza and Villa Contemporanea, Monza (IT)

2014
Ananke, Dimora Artica, Milano (IT)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Bye Bye His – Story Chater 5050, CGII Centre de la gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière (BE) Le Fou Sauvage, SB34 ThePool, Brussels (BE)
Portal 1I / 2021 U1, Garibaldi Subway Station, Milan (IT)

2019
Airport lounge pavillion, The Wrong Biennale (Online) Goosbump, Villa Vertua, Nova Milanese (IT)

2018
Kimakili festival, Nicosia (CY)

2017
Jacana’s frontal shield or frontal as shelds are frontals, The Workbench International, Milano (IT)

2016
Progetto città ideale presenta Edicola Radetzky, PAC Padiglione d’arte contemporanea, Milano (IT) Teatrum botanicum, PAV Parco d’Arte Vivente,Torino (IT)
By the way, PAC Padiglione d’arte contemporanea, Milano (IT)
Homeworks in gita, Careof, Milano (IT)
Sorriso arcaico, Barriera, Torino (IT)

2015
Zoon, Castello di Abbiategrasso, Abbiategrasso (IT) Atrii, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (IT)
The wall, Assab one, Milano (IT)
Innatural, Madeinfilanda, Pieve a Presciano (IT) Praxis, Spazio 500, Torino (IT)

2014
La religione del mio tempo, Kunsthalle Eurocenter, Lana (IT)
Il collasso dell’entropia, MAC Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Lissone, Lissone (IT) Privata, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (IT)
Ossuary, Herron Gallery, Indianapolis (US).

2013
La sequenza del fiore di carta, Chiesa di Sant’Elena, Venezia (IT) Vogelfrei, Internationales Musikinstitut ,Darmstadt (DE).
Ossuary, University of Tennessee, Downtown Gallery, Knoxville (US). Garten, Oratorio di San Protraso, Milano (IT)
Atlantis, Leonrodhaus für Kunst, Munich (D).

2012
E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle, Galleria San Fedele, Milano (IT)
6° International forest art path, Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald, Darmstadt (DE).

RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOP

2019
GSS Glasgow Sculpture Studio, Glasgow (UK)

2014
“INCONTRI DEL TERZO LUOGO”, workshop with Gilles Clément, Manifatture Knos, Lecce (IT) “MADE IN FILANDIA”, Pieve a Presciano, (IT)

2013
“ARTELES”, Haukijärvi, (FI)