Gino Sabatini Odoardi

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Gino Sabatini Odoardi, Untitled with kneeling-stool, 2015

Site installation of mixed media

Location: Capri, Canonica in the Carthusian Monastery of San Giacomo

A wooden kneeler for prayer from the Thirties with an openable closet door, constrained by an opal thermoform fabric draped upon it. To frame this semi-liturgical installation there are twelve drawings in graphite on sheets of opaque polystyrene are embedded in white, holy shrines containing old, devotional saints. The deceptive drapery clings to the kneeler while denying access to the closet door.
It provides a "plastic" denial without words spoken.

Photo by Claudia Ferri

Short Bio

He graduated from the Liceo Artistico in Pescara and later in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in L'Aquila. When attending High School he met the work of Ettore Spalletti an Art teacher. During his studies at the Academy the encounters with Fabio Mauri, an Aesthetics teacher, have been very important (he worked as a performer with him in "What is fascism" in 1997 at the Kunsthalle of Klagenfurt in Austria and later as an assistant), Jannis Kounellis (he has been a student of his in 1998 in L'Aquila during a seminary-workshop edited by Sergio Risaliti) and Carmelo Bene whom he was lucky to meet in January 1996 at the Museo Sperimentale of L'Aquila and to whom he has devoted a solo exhibition entitled "Open mouthed" in June 2002 at the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea at the university "La Sapienza" in Rome. A versatile artist, but with solid references to the conceptual art, he has made lots of important exhibitions both solo and in group. His first exhibition was in 1984. Among the awards : in 1999 he received from Alfred Pacquement (Centre George Pompidou) "Le prix des jeunes créateurs" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, the first prize "David Molinari" found by the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, a recognition prize in Rome (among the artists already famous nationwide) "Premio Unione Latina" in 2003 and the special mention of "Premio Celeste" 2005 of San Gimignano edited by Gianluca Marziani. In 2001 Angela Vettese has invited him to partecipate to the 52nd edition of Premio Michetti.

In 2003 his monograph came out "Controindicazioni" edited by Lithos. It is a compilation of essays, documents and interviews "Artisticamente" book series of University "La
Sapienza" in Rome. In 2005 he exhibited in Turin at Artissima 12 the new cycle of works done with the innovative process of the "Termoformatura" in this occasion his monograph catalogue "The White Album" edited by Luca Beatrice has been presented. In 2006 in the space of Viafarini in Milan, he took part into the workshop with Antoni Muntadas edited by Gabi Scardi. In 2010 Logos editions have released his great monographic book with critical essays by Francesco Poli and Massimo Carboni. In 2011 he was invited to the 54. Venice Biennal. From 2013 it is represented by the Gowen Contemporary, Geneva. He lives and works in Pescara and in Rome.