The Flat - Massimo Carasi gallery is proud to present "In my Room", a two-man exhibition featuring works by Michael Bevilacqua and Andrea Carpita.
The show brings together two narratives developed in different contexts – the New York Bronx for Bevilacqua and provincial Tuscany for Carpita. Both "stories" are based on the artist's relationship with his own creative space (the studio) and are united by similar attitudes and common practices. Musical icons and pop elements also create the pretext of a series of linked images that reveal an autobiographical intent, defining an atmosphere that is at times intimate and blurred.
Two distinct visions in which painting and the elements of visual memory mix in a single room. In my Room is also the title of a song by the Beach Boys, in which Brian Wilson and Gary Usher tell of how the "room" quickly becomes a privileged kingdom and how within it, fear does not exist. It is in fact a secluded space, a special place reserved for the mind, where feelings are allowed to flow freely in the attempt to visualize a clear image.
The two artists, who are both demographically and geographically distant, engage with a selection of works capable of dialoguing with each other. Painting is the means, the daily gesture of retreating into the evolutionary exercise that every artist performs, distancing him/herself from the world.
Michael Bevilacqua has forged his own poetic essence to the rhythm of countless bands that have performed on both coasts of the United States for many decades. Traces of these events have always been present in his works. In his latest works, particular attention is paid to the singer Lana del Rey, to whom Bevilacqua dedicates a series of portraits.
Andrea Carpita offers a series of works in which the themes of autobiography and portraiture focus on the figure of Kurt Cobain, with whom he was obsessed during his adolescence. The portraiture component blends with his study of color, while the figurative element is developed as an abstract work, developing digitally as if it were on canvas, through layers and levels of color and matter.
Michael Bevilacqua Born in 1966, Carmel, California, USA), works and lives in New York. Bevilacqua over a nearly three decade career, this renowned and quintessentially postmodern artist has been exhibited worldwide, including solo shows in Beijing, Copenhagen, Milan, Tokyo, Madrid, Barcelona and New York.
He has also exhibited in group shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece; The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT and at the Monterey Museum of Art CA. His work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Louisiana Museum, Denmark and the Orange County Museum of Art among many others.
Andrea Carpita Born in 1988, lives and works in Carrara, Italy. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara in 2015. He has exhibited in group shows at the Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy and at the MAC Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone for the Lissone 2018 prize-show.He has participated in various exhibitions in Italy (Milan, Padua, Venice, Treviso, Prato) in Europe in Paris and Brussels and in the USA in New York.
In 2016, he is both curator and artist of a special project in the exhibition In the Depth of the Surface which involves 24 artists from different countries at Fabbrica Orobia 15, in Milan and in 2018 at the Pablo's Birthday Gallery in New York in the USA. In 2019, he realised the cover of the essay: S. Marc Breedlove - Neil V. Watson, Psicologia Biologica, 4th Italian edition, ed. CEA, Zanichelli S.p.a. His work is included in the collections: Raphaelle Blanga, Contemporary Art expert at Sotheby's, Milan, Italy; Claus Bush Risvig, Denmark, Silkeborg, Denmark; AmC, Collezione Coppola, Vicenza, Italy.