05 Firenze Pantani - Surace
Lia Pantani and Giovanni Surace have been working together since 1995, donning the garb of latter-day alchemists to probe natural processes and the changeability of natural phenomena: rising damp seeping through plaster, for instance, which they turn into a message of love in their work Ti Amo [I Love You]. Their work, which is frequently and intimately bound up with the physical nature and the history of the environment in which it is being shown, always evinces a fluctuating rhythm, a change in state (from solid to gaseous, or from tactile to evanescent) in a process of transformation that spawns a new meaning. Thus time plays a crucial role in their artistic output. Consumption, conclusion or a change of shape denies the reiteration of experience and crystalises the transitory, offering an aesthetic of instability that conveys the uniqueness of the moment.
At times it is the spectator himself who generates the process of change; in Non spiegatemi perché la pioggia si trasforma in grandine [Don't explain to me why rain turns into hail], the coloured terracotta confetti carpeting the floor, individually shaped and flattened by hand, reveal their secret only when trodden on: as they shatter, they release their notes and emit an autumnal crackling. Pantani and Surace also offer us images that are solid and liquid at the same time, when they address the topic of reflection and of the mirror image (possibly the most transitory phenomenon of all). The two artists manage to fix running water on the surface of a mirror seconds before it pursues its natural course and drains away, deforming and multiplying the reflected image by placing a film on it that swells up in irregular bubbles, sparking a visual and tactile short-circuit.
Lia Pantani was born in Florence 1966 while Giovanni Surace was born in Vibo Valentina in 1964; they live and work in Calenzano, in the province of Florence.
The began to show their work in collective exhibitions in 1999 with a site-specific installation called In giardino [In the garden], at the home of Piergiorgio and Gabriella Fornello in Prato. The numerous exhibitions at which they have shown their work include: N°1, Museo Laboratorio, Città Sant'Angelo (Pescara), 2002; Working Insider, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, 2003; 7sieben, curated by Lelio Aiello, Galleria Rachel Haferkamp, Cologne, Germany, 2003; B Y O. Bring Your Own, works from the Teseco collection, curated by Saretto Cincinelli and Alberto Mugaini, MAN, Nuoro, 2005; Mobili, curated by Elisa Del Prete and Lelio Aiello, Nosadella due, Bologna, 2007. Their personal exhibitions include: Se la memoria mi dice il vero [If my memory serves me well], curated by Ilaria Mariotti, Certosa Monumentale di Calci, Pisa, 2001; Eco e Narciso [Echo and Narcissus], curated by Sergio Risaliti and R.De Marchi, Villar Pellice (Turin), 2003; Non spiegatemi perché la pioggia si trasforma in grandine [Ddon't explain to me why rain turns into hail], Galleria Nicola Fornello, Prato, 2004;Ti amo [I Love You], curated by Laura Culpan, Madder 139 gallery, London, UK, 2008
Address: Piazza del Molino 4, Calenzano, Firenze

Address: Piazza del Molino 4, Calenzano, Florence
How to get there: by bus: ATAF line 2 - alight at "Puccini 3" stop; by train: Calenzano station (15 min. walk from station)

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