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Sciascia Awards, winners of the IX Premio L. Sciascia

Stefano Luciano – Sayuri Nishimura – Elisabetta Diamanti.

Opening Thursday 24th of October, 6,30pm.
Fondazione Il Bisonte Gallery
Via San Niccolò 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Firenze, closing on the 15th of November 2019

For several years we have hosted in our gallery the Premio Leonardo Sciascia, Amateur d’Estampes, and since two years ago the newly born exhibition dedicated to the top three winners of the Premio. These two events, which take place every other year, stem from the idea and collaboration with the Association of Friends of Leonardo Sciascia, and from year to year they have grown in quality and fame. The prize is accessed via a personal invitation and I am pleased to invite you to browse through the list of past participants and winners to measure the quality of this event. These three artists that we host for the show on Thursday 24 October are heterogeneous at the limit of the dichotomy in language and poetry, but united by the attention paid to this refined and contemporary language.

Here are some passages from the text by Francesco Izzo, included in the catalog available at the gallery:
“Leonardo Sciascia writes:” Not that I am a reliable judge: but chasing for years prints, etchings and lithographs, at least gives me the certainty of knowing what I like and what I don’t. ” This is not the assessment of the art critic – Sciascia was neither and never claimed to be – but rather of an aesthetic figure that recalls Stendhal and starts from the idea of pleasure. An amateur, then. Whether it is the print of the ‘celestial anarchist’ Luigi Bartolini, the noirs of Odilon Redon or, as I know, the poetry of Nunzio Gulino, Sciascia prefers to touch the paper of the print as a source of joy and comfort to living.

On the last nine editions there were more than two hundred and fifty-seven prints, and are forty-two the countries of the invited artists. At the end of each exhibition cycle, invariably, all the prints enter by donation into the heritage of the most important cabinet of Italian prints, “la Bertarelli” in Milan.

This is the third time in the history of the Sciascia Prize – thanks to the passion, the availability and the initiative of three of our historical partners (the Il Bisonte Foundation, in Florence, the International School of Graphics in Venice, the Museum della Carta e della Filigrana, of Fabriano) – that a selection of the most important works of the first three classified artists is brought to the attention of the public. These three additional exhibitions allow the pubblic to broaden and deepen the knowledge of the works of Stefano Luciano, Sayuri Nishimura and Elisabetta Diamanti, selected by the international jury of the 2018-2019 edition. We are showing them together under the acronym Sciascia Awards. While waiting for the tenth edition of the Premio Sciascia, do not miss the opportunity to see this joy for your eyes and refine your taste. Surely not a minor art. “

Alejandro Martìnez – Experiences, graphic memories

Opening on thursday 19 of June at 6,30 pm
Fondazione Il Bisonte Gallery
Via San Niccolò 24/rosso, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Florence, 19 of September to October 2019

Prints of Alejandro Martinez, that we already hosted last year: he had a workshop about the use of cochinilla in art, he is now showing in our gallery.

Humans have always tried to give meaning to life, some have thought of finding it in money, social recognition, political power and many other things.

However, beyond the material sphere, in the solitude of the mind, in the investigation of our past and in the contemporaneity of the present, we treasure the experiences that are relevant to us in the moment.

It is true that not all experiences are good and that the adult human being is the result of an accumulation of both positive and negative experiences which shape our temperament; from here the artist finds a way to express his memories woven into the plot of his graphic works, giving color to the experiences that have satisfied him.

In this great exhibition of graphic works Alejandro Martìnez shares his experiences, his memories, his story and tells us a little about his family, his illusions, his roots and the importance of transcending in art, remembering the great stories that will lead us from the present to a future full of hope.

The carmine master of cochineal captures the memories of the soul, his smiles, his stories through different techniques of graphic art.

Gum Print Workshop

Gum Print or Paper Litography is a technique of art printing considered the “poor” version of lithography as less expensive and easier to find materials are used.
Using the photocopy as a plate, it is possible to transfer laser-printed images using the chemical reaction process that takes place between the toner of a photocopy and the use of gum arabic. This technique is perfect for high contrast images that maintain a particular graphic quality. During the workshop we will deal with the preparatory phase of the photocopy and the subsequent printing with the chalcographic press.

Each participant is invited to bring:
photos or images in well contrasted gray scale, printed in B / W by laser printer or put on USB key (any changes will be made directly on the day of the workshop via PC during the design phase of the photocopy matrices).
Two vegetable sponges (non-abrasive, calypso type)

Saturday, June 15,
From 10 to 17
60 euros

Material included (but remember to bring the two sponges!)

Workshop led by Federica Rugnone

Lili Barone Kantor – Etchings and drawings

Opening ob Friday 14th of June at 6pm
Gallery of the Fondazione Il Bisonte
San Niccolò street, 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Firenze, 14 giugno – 14 luglio 2019


From the catalogue, available at the opening:
…È tuttavia meraviglioso come, malgrado l’inevitabile lentezza dei procedimenti d’incisione e di stampa, le opere di Lili mantengano la freschezza d’una prima emozione, come trasmettano la gioia del vedere e del fare. Lili dà nelle incisioni nuova vita alle cose spesso inosservate che ha vicine, come il ramo spezzato d’una rosa, la biforcazione d’un albero.”

Carlo Bertelli
Già direttore della Calcografia Nazionale

Cyanotype workshop

Finally spring arrived and outside shines the warm and bright June sun: light, lots of light, and with this we will make beautiful prints. Such as? With cyanotype!
(We will use lamps and not just the sun).
The light to draw through a photosensitive solution applied on sheets of paper combined with the use of negatives and masks, all designed by you.
Creatively explore the border between light and shadow to give shape to your artistic projects!

A workshop whose ultimate goal is to provide all the information needed to make the participants autonomous once they have learned the process. After the presentation of the technique you will be guided in the preparation of the photosensitive solution and then in the printing process on paper.

It is advisable to bring with you a drawing or print on acetate (both good or negative) and objects such as flowers, leaves or fabric textures.

We are waiting for you at the Bisonte for the Cyanotype workshop.

Saturday 8 June,
From 10 to 17
60 euros
Material included

Saturday, June 15 there will be a gumprint workshop.
its price is 60 euros, if you have done this cyanotype workshop before then it will only cost 40 euros, for a total of 100 euros for two workshops.

Both Cyanotype and Gumprint workshops are taught by Federica Rugnone

Michael Goro – Etchings

Opening thursday 23th of May at 6.00pm
Gallery of the Fondazione Il Bisonte
Via San Niccolò 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Firenze, 23th of May – 12th of June 2019

Bio
Michael Goro was born in 1966 and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he received his B.A. in architecture. In 1990 he emigrated to Jerusalem, Israel where he discovered intaglio printmaking and began to use it as his main medium. In 1993 he moved to the U.S. and completed his education, receiving an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Chairman of the Graphics Department of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, whose program he has developed and taught in the past fifteen years. Goro’s works can be found in numerous private and public collections. He has held residencies and has exhibited widely worldwide. Mr. Goro has received a number of prestigious international awards in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

These modest lines about Michael Goro do not do justice to his work: his prints are deep and complex, both in language and technique. Meticulous but not as an embroidery but as a modifying force that works the plate with impetuousness and meticulousness, bending it physically to the artist’s will. His engravings are powerful urban landscapes, where the city is always the anti-hero protagonist of his narrative, sometimes balanced by counterpoint incursions headed by iconic figures such as Renaissance portraits.

Robin Ezra and Annie Day

Drawn to Print

Inaugurazione martedì 30 aprile alle ore 18.00
Galleria della Fondazione Il Bisonte
Via San Niccolò 24/rosso, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Firenze, 30 aprile – 17 maggio 2019

Visions of a different nature from the one we are accustomed, exotic animals on one side but at the same time classic, friendly, almost familiar faces, all punctuated by landscapes of archaic, medieval cities, a fascinating intertwining that joins a storytelling that Il Bisonte already hosted: Australia. But this time the narrative voices are those of two sisters who have made printmaking their most vibrant expression. They have been visiting us in Florence for over ten years, bringing with them other artists, to immerse themselves in the sparkling spring atmosphere of this city and to work in our print studios. The story of printmaking is not new to unite the whole world with protean freshness. But the wonder of this exhibition comes from this mixture of exotic and familiar, which is perhaps one of the most distinctive traits of Australian culture.

Printmaking Sisters

Robin Ezra and Annie Day are sisters who grew up in an artistic household in Australia – their mother a creator of exclusive garments and their father a photographer.
Annie has been a practicing artist since gaining her painting diploma in 1974 from the National Art School, Sydney.
Robin first enrolled in Life Drawing classes at the ANU School of Art in 1985.
Printmaking Sisters are passionate advocates of safer, healthier and environmentally friendly printmaking techniques.
Over the past 14 years they have taught together these safer techniques in Florence, UK, New Zealand and in many locations in Australia. www.annieday.com.au

Printmaking Retreat – July

Summer is coming! Nurture your creativity on the Tuscan hills in a gorgeous ancient villa while doing prints in Florence in the historical printmaking studios of Il Bisonte.
In collaboration with Eletto Art Tour we are offering the opportunity to reside in this charming ancient tuscan villa at Impruneta, just 20 minutes by bus from the city centre for a very affordable price, that includes dinners and italian breakfasts and moreover a tutor always around at the villa. It is even possible to set up a visit to one of the main sculpture workshops in Carrara and a foundry specialized in sculptures casting.
The price includes 5 mornings of intaglio printmaking class at Il Bisonte, with a very personalized approach that allows to work on personal projects.

from the 7 to the 16 of July 2019
Villa “Casa per la Pace” Impruneta – Florence (Italy)

from Villa to bus stop (10 min walking)
from bus stop to city center, Santa Maria Novella (20 min by bus)

Fee 660 euro

included in the price:
lodging in a shared room ( 3, 4, 5 beds – with an extra fee you can reserve a single room or a two beds room).
Italian breakfast and dinner.
Printmaking class at Il Bisonte (Firenze) from the 8 to the 12 of July
Access to the Villa’s spaces (studios and garden).
the presence of a tutor from Eletto Art Tour during your stay.

Extras:
Single room with bathroom (200,00 euro)
Double room with bathroom (150,00 euro)

Optional field trips:
Carrara – Studi d’Arte Michelangelo e all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (50,00 euro)
Pietrasanta – Mariani foundry and Favret mosaics (50,00 euro)
Museums
Other cities

Masterclass Michael Goro – 25 and 26 of May

WAYS TO TRANSLATE GESTURE INTO METAL
splashing, dripping, smudging… how to take advantage of the accidental in the intaglio process

This course is ideal for artists with printmaking experience. Michael Goro, a prominent intaglio printmaker, and educator will share his unorthodox approach to developing imagery and creating textures. It is going to be the weekend of splashing, dripping, smudging. Participants will loose and regain control over their plates taking advantage of the accidental in the intaglio process. The class will involve experimentation with the alternative ways of creating textures while looking for the right proportion of control and chaos. Some of the techniques offered will involve xerographic toner, spray paint, photocopies as well as scraping, burnishing, and engraving. The object of the course is to produce the completed or almost completed etchings. In order to make it possible participants are encouraged to bring sketches, photos, ideas or feelings of what they would like to create.

Cost 120 euro, basic material included.
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of May.
From 10am to 5pm.

Workshop outline
Day 1
a. Introduction of the materials and the technical demonstrations
b. Participants work on their plates implementing the acquired techniques
c. Participants etch the plates

Day 2
a. Further demonstrations
b. Participants proof their plates
c. Individual discussions and refinement of the images

Silkscreen Workshop

Saturday 4 of May, new Silkscreen Workshop, 7 hours of pure creativity squeezed trough the frame. Bring ideas because the material is included in the price!

May the 4th 2019.
from 10am to 5pm.
60€, material included