Proclaimed the winner of the seventh edition of the COMEL Award Vanna Migliorin Contemporary Art 2018: the artist Sergey Filatov for the opera “Platasonus, 2017”

Filatov_01He is a versatile artist who works in the field of fine arts and sound art. He is also a musician, author of musical instruments and sound sculptures. Member of the International Association of Art — AIAP UNESCO since 2003. Winner of the international Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize 2016 in the category ‘Best media object’. His works are in collections in Russia, India, Canada, Switzerland, UK, USA. He has participated in relevant international exhibition projects and festivals, such as ‘Ars Electronica’ (Linz, Austria), ‘Biennale of Contemporary Art’ (Moscow), ‘Waterfront’ (St. Petersburg — Helsinki — Copenhagen); International cultural forum (State Hermitage), etc..

This is the motivation of the jury:
In the work Platasonus, Sergey Filatov, referring to the experiments between avant-garde music and visual arts, uses aluminum as sound metal with essential construction and original and minimal technology, thanks to the percussive action of wires moved by simple electrical devices, bearing small clappers at the end. The contrast between the functional essentiality of the structure and the evocative randomness of the musical effects is resolved in a sense of delicate, discreet and intimate harmony, which is not free from a subtle and perhaps disquieting allusion to the possible hybridizations between man and machine”.

Special Mentions:

  • Marco Cavalieri, for the work My time, 2018.

Cavalieri ritoccataHe is a sculptor and painter. He lives and works in Rome. He loves to use all the techniques and materials available to create his works, with a preference for metals. The artistic expression comes from a strong inner need and is revealed through a rigorous, almost Gothic style, ‘between flame and steel’. It ranges from expressionism to symbolic and oneiric fantastic, to POP, without closing in any current. The human figure is dominant. The present time and its complexity are the issues investigated.

This is the motivation of the jury:
Where the original assembly of objects and plates is engraved in aluminum to configure an imaginary rotating device, packaged in the manner of totems. It refers to the idea of internal mechanisms of life, between memory and time.

  • Laura De Lorenzo, for the work Piattaforma AL-13, 2018.

De Lorenzo_00She is an architect, designer, curator of major exhibitions, and musician. Her most important exhibition, “Pittura e Materia” (2005), was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, curated by Maurizio Calvesi and Vice-Superintendent Mario Ursino.
She utilizes unusual, often recycled materials. Her training as an architect has guided her compositional skills and her long career in the field of industrial design, providing the technical tools for the processing. Aluminum, widely used in her design products, even with advanced technologies, such as tensile structures, is a material that particularly fascinates her, for its artistic-expressive qualities.

This is the motivation of the jury:
In its structure, characterized by an elegant compositional essentiality and a fitting set of visual synthesis, constructive and planar dynamics coexist with pictorial effects entrusted to the ductile and sensitive qualities of the metal.

  • Monika Kosior, for the work My Open heart, 2018.

Kosior_05She is a Graphic Designer, born in Poland. She lives and works in Rome. She trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where she deepened her studies on webs and weaving work and on engraving. Today her creative research path shows the continuous interweaving of different ingredients: the passion for drawing and photography, the love for Fiber Art and weaving, the pleasure for the softness of nature and the shine of metals, the alternation of white and black, the constant search for harmony and simplicity.

This is the motivation of the jury:
The Polish artist plays with refinement between the “open heart” of the artist’s psychological and spiritual intimacy and the almost surgical unveiling of the anatomy of an organ that has always been hanging in the balance between its physical functions and its millenarian metaphorical and symbolic connotation.

  • Federica Zianni, for the work Labyrinth I, 2017.

Zianni_02aShe was born in 1993 in Rome, where she graduated from the Liceo Artistico Sant’Orsola. In 2012 she moved to Milan to attend the triennium of Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Her initially figurative sculptural works evolved into organic and abstract artworks. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture in 2015 and graduated summa cum laude, and she attended the Hochscule für Bildende Künste of Dresda, Germany, until 2017. She has pursued her Master’s Degree programme of the Scuola di Scultura with professor Vittorio Corsini at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. She got her Master of Arts in Sculpture in 2018 and graduated summa cum laude.

This is the motivation of the jury:
A hollow shape and emphasized by a wraparound formal motif, in which the reference to an organic nature and, in particular, to the internal structure of an auricle, is a reason to bring us back to the theme of listening and silence.

Let’s mention again the members of the jury: president of the jury Giorgio Agnisola, art critic and writer, teacher of Sacred Art at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy; Andrea Baffoni, art historian and art critic, curator of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, essayist and journalist; Lorenzo Canova, art historian, curator, art critic and associate professor of History of Contemporary Art at the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education of the University of Molise; Ada Patrizia Fiorillo, art historian, art critic, journalist and associate professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Ferrara; the entrepreneur and manager Maria Gabriella Mazzola, owner with her family of the CO.ME.L. company, promoter and supporter of the COMEL Award.