On 17th October, 2016, at 11 am, at Spazio COMEL, in via Neghelli 68, Latina, the jury of the fifth edition of the COMEL Award Vanna Migliorin got together. The attending jurors were Giorgio Agnisola, Fabio Barisani, Maria Gabriella Mazzola. The other two members of the jury, Anna Amendolagine and Dario Giugliano, sent their preferences confidentially to the curatorial committee of the award, indicating four names on which they had focused their attention, and at the same time mentioning the work to which, in their opinion, the prize should be given. A detailed video of the finalists had been sent to all the jurors, presenting the works individually, and had also been included in the exhibition at the Spazio COMEL.
Giorgio Agnisola presided over the jury, inviting the jurors preliminarily to carry out a careful investigation of the works, indicating four preferences. A calm discussion followed about a comparison of everyone’s point of view. The works were evaluated in relation to the artistic performance, also concerning the theme of this edition, “Lucent Aluminum”.
From the result of personal opinions, considering the choices of the two absent jurors, after detailed examination, the jury decided to award the prize COMEL Vanna Migliorin 2016 to the work ‘Raminia N.12’, (2012) by the artist Luce Genevieve Delhove, for which the jury gave the following reason:
“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.“
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.”
The jury considered it appropriate to assign a special lifetime achievement award.
The idea of the award stems from the observation of the undoubted quality of the finalists, as well as from the importance of the selected artists. Some of them in fact have a remarkable curriculum.
The lifetime achievement award appears therefore as a prize that is independent from the competition, covering the artist’s entire activity and its particular significance in the context of the current art scene.
The prize is awarded to Valeria Gramiccia, an artist who lived from the inside out and with absolute importance the Italian artistic milieu of the last decades, both creatively and historically. She has collaborated in the scientific and organizational care of exhibitions and events of international importance. She was an assistant to the great contemporary masters. Today she represents one of the most consistent and refined testimonies of Italian art. Her registry is characterized by a light and safe mark, particularly in graphic art, including abstract articulation and dreamlike dimension, with a precious use of the color. She stands out simultaneously in the wake of the happiest tradition of the post-war abstract expressionism and a cultured conceptual art, developed as a reflection of a rare and poetic expression.
The Audience Award goes ex aequo to Elena Diaco Mayer for the work “Ritrovarsi in un riflesso” and Mostafa Rahimi Vishteh for the work “Sapere Sepolto”.
The jury, showing a deep appreciation to the organizers for the goodness of the prize and its remarkable level of involvement achieved at national and international level, wishes the best for the future editions.
Latina, 17th October 2016