Where: museo di arte contemporanea Villa Croce
When: 28.10 2016 — 08.01 2017
Opening 27 october, ore 18

Text by Silvia Simoncelli

Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Alessandro Roma’ solo show SWAMP. Alessandro Roma deals with landscape painting, which in his research becomes internal landscape. The creative process starts from the absorption of fragments of nature within the experiences of the reality that are subsequently metabolized and “given back to the world”, raising, as a nal result, a certain surprise. The attitude he has towards the world and its possible representation – also during the realization of a work made through jumps and illuminations – is the same one that Roma wishes to provoke in the visitor: a “visual otation” able to create new and personal meanings of the work on the surface.

The Reverie, a concept he talks about within his statement, let his work open to questioning. Every new work series holds back the traces of a previous research: in an apparent fragmented space, within its magical aura, it’s possible to re ect ourselves, both mentally and physically. Over the years, his research has found a new creative ux through the experimentation in the three-dimensionality: starting from collage and strati ed painting, Roma is currently working on ceramics. A favorite medium in Swamp, the vase becomes a transformation paradigm: cuts, incisions, holes and protrusions transform the matter from inorganic to organic.
This transformation is also helped by Roma’s color study and ring techniques, relating the surfaces to swamp and mysterious places. A mazy archive of signs, images and shapes allows the visitors to venture into a special itinerary reactivating memories, dreams and references not only intended individually but shared, in which nature is both a starting and arrival point.

A special thanks to Manifattura Giuseppe Mazzotti, Albisola and z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome.

Alessandro Roma was born in Milan in 1977. After living for a long time in London, he studied at Accademia di Brera and attended the residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany. In 2007 he participated in the IV International Painting Prize, Diputación de Castellón, Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón. His work has been shown in international museums and galleries. In 2009 he was invited to participate in Prague Biennale and in 2011 the Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporay art of Trento and Rovereto hosted his rst museum solo show Humus. Among the solo exhibitions: One foot in the world and the other in the stillness, Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2016); Solo show, Art Brussels fair with Sobering Gallery (2015); Solo show, Coburn project, London (2015); Locus amoenus, Sobering gallery, Paris (2014),Organizzazione organica di forme, Mac, Contemporary art Museum, Lissone (2014); Enclosure, Paradise Row gallery, Londra (2013); Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino, Brand new gallery, Milan (Cat. text B Schwabsky) (2012); Unfolding the Folds, Galerie Alexandra Saheb, Berlin (2011); Sites of action, Scaramouche gallery, New York (2011). Among the most recent group shows: Drawing Biennial II Rimini, Rimini (2016); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, Londra (2015); Everything is about to happen, Corvi-Mora, Greengrassi gallery, Londra/Artists Space New York, (2014); Estate, Marianne Boesky New York (2012); The Suburbans, Chicago Partita a quattro, una ri essione sulla scultura, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Roma (2012).