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After Balance 2004
Door, glass, hooks courtesy Spazio Erasmus, Milan

6 May – 10 June 2005

Enter the world of Vedovamazzei – the pseudonym used by the maverick artist duo who have taken the Italian art world by storm. Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala formed Vedovamazzei (The Widow Mazzei) in 1991. There are different accounts as to how they came by their name, all of which are confirmed by the artists, however it is most likely to be the story about a tomb stone in a Neapolitan cemetery.

The studio of Vedovamazzei has been described by the curator Alma Ruiz as being like an eccentric laboratory where the artists feverishly invent formulas and conduct experiments, ‘the strange objects that come out of such an environment, as unfathomable as they might be at first, eventually seem to make sense. For Vedovamazzei the world is their laboratory, the place where collisions with the everyday can be turned into memorable works of art’ The viewer is invited to take part in this fiction, a good example of this being Go Wherever You Want, Bring Me Whatever You Wish, a 24 ft. truck which is filled with water and is equipped with a rowing boat, small jetty and lilies to form an artificial travelling lake, hinting at enabling the rich to take their lifestyles wherever they want. But on another level their work incorporates architecture and design as seen in ‘Butterfly Effect’ at Comme des Garçons’s Dover Street Market, London which is a monumental mirrored wall leaning at an angle of 70 degrees thereby distorting the viewer’s image - a wry take on the ubiquitous changing room mirror.

PERCYMILLER are pleased to be showing two new works, a neon/furniture work called The River Thames and Don’t Let me be Misunderstood (the title of the 1965 Animals single), a 10ft bookcase, whose architectural presence and formal façade belie the anarchic activity going on behind. We will also be showing a selection of new watercolours, the production of which is an ongoing catalogue of the artists’ lives.

Later this year Vedovamazzei will be having a solo show at Galerie Praz Delavallade, Paris and will be involved in the landscape based project organised by Salvatore Lacagnina, Le Vie dell'Arte, in Parco delle Madonie, Palermo, Sicily.
Also this year they will be showing in Basel with Marco Noire gallery, San Sebastian, Spain and will be contributing to a publication to accompany the exhibition Down the Garden Path: Artists' Gardens since Modernism, curated by Valerie Smith, Queens Museum of Art, New York.

Recent solo exhibitions include Vedovamazzei Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; After Balance, Spazio Erasmus, Milan; Trace of B.K., Very Trolley Gallery, London, This is what you want, this is what you get, Instituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome. In 2004 they exhibited in Settlements, s'approprier un lieu, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole, France.

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