Proclaimed the winner of the fifth edition of the COMEL Award Vanna Migliorin Contemporary Art 2016: the artist Luce Genevieve Delhove for the opera “Raminia N. 12”
This is the motivation of the jury:
“The work, moving from a neo-Dadaist spirit, with a fine abstract tension, reflects a cultured and refined recreational ability in visual terms, by modulating the laminated surface of an aluminum radiator with signs and impressions such as to evoke the infinite changes of the reverberated light of the metal, with a rare poetic and musical sensibility.“
Luce Genevieve Delhove was born in Belgium. Designer, engraver, painter and sculptor, she lives and works in Milan. She is Professor of Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Since 1979 she has worked on engraving, deepening the knowledge of languages and techniques and from 1998 she began to experiment with new materials for the graphics. Then she realized sculptures with printed papers, cellulose, iron and textile material. Moreover, she experienced the slate and she has also dedicated herself to the creation of jewelry. The art is present in all the work of Luce Delhove: perception, experience and awareness of memory, cognitive will and constructive tension. The exploration of light which was initially limited to two-dimensional space expanded in the three-dimensional space of sculpture, installations and jewelry. The technical skill and design influences blended with the artistic research. Since 2006, her attention has focused on the observation of palm trees and all the elements that compose it, such as fibers, leaves, seeds, making frottages of long narrow paper resembling large kakemono, high vertical sculptures of paper mache, small and large scallops. Since 2011 she has created sculptures in iron and aluminum from recycled material, creating textures on surfaces. Since 2012 she has worked on a project entitled, ‘Infinite reasons’, dedicated to the river Adda, paying particular attention to the presence of locust trees. She participated in numerous collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
The jury also decided to designate two works. They deserve special attention for the expressive stylistic register and correspondence to the theme.
These works were:
“Schegge di stelle trafiggono la notte”, (2016), by Ugo Cossu, for the following reason:
“The work is characterized by a very calibrated geometrical-spatial composition, made with a shaped basis and variable relief. It is crossed by two aluminum blades, as if they were light beams, engraved with finely processed signs in geometric and decorative key.“
“Metropolis”, (2016), by Giampaolo Cataudella, for the following reason:
“The work is a detected surface, shapeless, in which the metal transpires within a reddish coloring, with grafts and scrapes and engraved signs, separated into two areas divided by a vertical slit, like a wound that cuts the work in the center. The sharpness of the slit contrasts with the randomness of the formal context. The synthesis is a soft calm light, like an underlying reverb, emanating slightly from the metal.”