El Paso Museum of Art Friday, June 6 Water water pean to a vanishing resource

EPMA Vanishing Ice_Water_Water_ Tri-Fold Invitation_PROOF_4-page-002EPMA Vanishing Ice_Water_Water_ Tri-Fold Invitation_PROOF_4-page-001El Paso Museum of Art_June_Tri_Fold_PROOF 06-page-002El Paso Museum of Art_June_Tri_Fold_PROOF 06-page-001WATER WATER, PAEN TO A VANISHING RESOURCE IS OPENING AT ELA PASO MUSEUM OF ART






MU_COUP DE SAC_carton_13 05 2013-page-0The next upcoming group show is all about plastic bags.

‘OH! PLASTIC SACK’ the show curated by Susanna Kumschick und Ida Marie Corell is travelling from Winterthur to Lausanne.

This time the MUDAC will be taken over by plastic bags. This time a museum rather than the natural environment will be filled with plastic. This time I will be in ‘good’ company with plenty other bags!

My contribution will be with two new site-specific installations: one indoor and one outdoor of the museumMU_COUP DE SAC_carton_13 05 2013-page-1


ickweetART, CRAFT and STYLE  bind with POETRY are the main ingredients of these two Berliner designer: LINN ANNEN and CONNIE KRAUS.

LINN ANNEN a fashion and custom designer whose work extends into the fine arts limbo. Her creations are a very personal view of how clothing and fine arts should mingle together:


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Here is how Linn describes her work for CENTRAL BOOKING in New York City where her work is currently on display:

“I am dealing with different forms of expressions on the border between fashion and art. The basic idea of my work is to wear art on the body. I create so-called ”wearable objects” composed of different materials, colors and shapes. A combination of new and used materials, parts of garments, and fabrics is part of my style. “Word-robes“ are clothes, which become an area for the projection of my thoughts. I like to turn the inside out and to use the fashion surface as a medium for personal text fragments and aphorisms. A special way of handwriting done with sewing machine is characteristic feature of my work”.


CONNIE KRAUS a stone mason carver by trade applies her tactile skills creating poetic and sensual interior designer objects which go under the trademark of MOHNLICHT


“Mohnlicht is a young Berlin label for interior decoration and living room accessories. We design and manufacture products with elements made ​​of transparent plastic in which natural materials are incorporated. Each piece is handmade, has high standards to the design and is absolutely unique.

We offer finished products for immediate purchase but also customize according to wish, measure or interiors to create original and individual pieces.

 Mohnlicht takes regularly part to art and culture festivals, such as 48 hours of Neukölln”.WP_20130421_033


Palazzo Bottigella is plastic bag free!

As from yesterday the beautiful renaissance palazzo is getting ready to welcome new ventures. Artists, watch out for that magnificent space!

I’ve just come back from Pavia with a huge van full of bags: all the work created during my six weeks at Palazzo Bottigella.

The bags that invaded the ancient frescoed surrounding are now in a huge pile waiting to be transformed into new forms and concepts. The next show is quickly approaching. Soon the bags will be at MUDAC in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Once again I would like to thank the Calisti family for all their support. It has been a mad adventure that has open new views and doors on new possibilities. The access to such a unique amazing space as well as to new materials have definitely contributed to further my artist practice.


In 2007 I was commissioned by film director Caroline Bridges to set my ‘field of Emptiness’ at the Solihull Art Centre in the Midlands, UK. This collaboration resulted in ‘Disposable Love’ a large scale site-specific mix media installation.

Here is a video of it


verVerónica Reyes has been taking thousands of pics with her Ipod. Below are some of her photos documenting the different stages of the work in progress.

Thank you Verónica! Not just for been such an amazing reporter but also for all your patience, your support and for putting up once again with me and my crazy projects!

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Working at the Palazzo

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The delivery of the tree trunk

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At the Gallery

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The opening night at Palazzo Bottigella

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A bit of Pavia


Thank you Stefania Prato for the lovely review! Check it out on: LA PROVINCIA PAVESE

OR GO TO: http://laprovinciapavese.gelocal.it/cronaca/2013/04/11/news/plastica-e-natura-nelle-installazioni-di-claudia-borgna-1.6865084

Plastica e natura nelle installazioni di Claudia Borgna

Alberi e uomini realizzati con sacchetti di plastica: sono le opere d’arte di Claudia Borgna esposte a palazzo Bottigella (corso Mazzini) e via Bargiggia all’Hangart Studi

Un enorme albero tende i suoi rami verso la luce, al vento si muovono fronde e fiori bianchi. E’ realizzato con sacchetti di plastica e si trova al centro del chiostro di Palazzo Bottigella che ieri sera ha aperto il suo maestoso portone, che si affaccia in corso Mazzini 15, e che accoglie le installazioni di Claudia Borgna, artista contemporanea di fama internazionale, cittadina del mondo. “Un mondo che straripa di cose inutili”, sostiene l’artista le cui opere inducono ad una riflessione, mostrano l’eterno conflitto tra uomo e natura, chiedono il rispetto dell’ambiente. E i sacchetti di plastica, spiega Borgna, “rappresentano il nostro stile di vita”. Ne sono stati utilizzati oltre 5mila per allestire l’esposizione curata da Mariangela Calisti e Silvia Manazza. Installazioni in parte ospitate nel palazzo conosciuto come l’istituto Gandini e in parte all’Hangart Studio di via Bargiggia 4. Opere non in vendita. “Vogliono essere un dono. Perché l’arte è un dono prezioso da condividere – spiega Calisti -. L’esposizione è legata alla filosofia dell’artista che denuncia il consumismo contemporaneo. Invitiamo le scuole a visitarla”. I sacchetti verranno poi riciclati e riutilizzati in altre mostre, dove torneranno a nuova vita. “Ho scelto di materializzare le mie idee attraverso una forma di scultura temporanea perché in questo modo – sottolinea Borgna – penso di poter esprimere al meglio il concetto di ecologia, spazio e tempo”. Palazzo Bottigella, realizzato nel 1492 su disegno di Antonio Amadeo, l’architetto che progettò il monumento della Certosa, ospita le installazioni. Le opere accompagnano la grande scalinata in granito del convento che per anni è stato sede delle suore benedettine e le aule della scuola elementare ospitano grandi figure bianche. Un immaginario filo rosso collega il passato, la storia del convento e le suore che l’hanno abitato, al mondo contemporaneo, all’Hangart, dove gigli giganteschi rappresentano le gonne delle suore e parlano di purezza. L’ingresso è gratuito. Palazzo Bottigella: 11-20 aprile, 15,30-19; 23 aprile-11 maggio:su appuntamento. Hangart: da martedì a venerdì 15,30-19. Email hangart.studio4@gmail.com.

Stefania Prato