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La Scatola curator Valentina Fois unveils her latest discovery, Steven Morgana, who’s exhibition explores the contradictions and possibilities of entropy, through beautiful sculptural pieces and large scale installations – manifestations of elaborate historical research, and a cynical and activist attitude.
There is an anxiety in working with emerging artists; you have a lot of stress, often don’t yet understand the gallery’s dynamics, however all the stress instantly disappears when you see them succeed and gain positive feedback from the audience.
There is nothing that gives me more satisfaction than discovering and pushing the career of young talented artists. When I see them become aware of their potential I am rewarded for all the sacrifices and long hours of work. All these young artists work like there is no tomorrow; they are real warriors ready to fight for a moment of glory, and they push their limits further and further with extreme courage. However I cannot stress enough that these artists, with a pure heart, are not so many; when you find one they are a real pearl, a rainbow after the storm.
It’s exactly this, a rainbow, that seems to have become an obsession for the Australian-French artist Steven Morgana. His upcoming show, “The Future Feels Like a Phantom Limb”, provides an insightful and timely engagement with issues of culture and nature, energy and entropy, and sustainability. I usually get quite excited during the preparation of a new project; this time I was not just feeling excited, I was thrilled.
I have been working on Steven Morgana’s first solo show. As we go along with the preparation, I lose and find myself in his work day after day; like many great works of art, the work of Steven re-invents itself every day with new meanings to be discovered.
It Was All Ephemeral as a Rainbow, 2012, is not just a beautiful art piece consisting of a mirror and few neon lights; it’s the result of years of investigative personal research. So be careful not to be seduced by its sparkling beauty and pay attention to the ironies that hide behind its mirrored surface; the work, which is powered by a portable petrol generator, is seeking to unravel the paradox between notions of beauty and nature, and concepts of social progress and co-operation.
In How Much Does Your Building Weigh? a cardboard geodesic dome, referencing the works of Buckminster Fuller, is suspended off the floor and held in equilibrium with the waste resulting from its production. Hovering above the earth by the counterbalancing weight of its “entropy”, the dome is thus suspended in a state of nonfunctionality – in utopian tension with the material conditions and socio-ecological circumstances of the world at present.
“The Future Feels Like A Phantom Limb” is Steven Morgana's first solo show in London, curated by Valentina Fois at La Scatola Gallery. It ends 15th of June.
1 Snowden Street London EC2A 2DQ
Pictures by Raymond Cheung, courtesy of La Scatola Gallery