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Biography

Angelo GalloAngelo Gallo nasce a Cetraro il 20 giugno 1988. L’infanzia e l’adolescenza la trascorre a Fagnano Castello,  piccolo paese in provincia di Cosenza. Sin da piccolo presenta un’insaziabile voglia di conoscere e creare e poiché manca nelle vicinanze un istituto ad  indirizzo artistico decide di frequentare L’I.T.C.G. “E. Fermi” di San Marco Argentano diplomandosi come Perito Tecnico. Durante gli anni delle superiori si appassiona alla grafica e alla programmazione, conseguendo il diploma ECDL Full.

Partecipa a vari seminari di Redazione , di Media-marketing e Comunicazione tramite Assform Confindustria Rimini. Ad un anno dal diploma consegue la qualifica professionale come “Progettista sicurezza informatica e web”. Si iscrive al corso di laurea in Informatica di SMFN presso l’Unical di Rende dove, insieme a tre colleghi, forma un team di lavoro dal nome Aforsite atto a produrre servizi grafico-pubblicitari  ed informatici. Dopo tre anni decide di cambiare percorso insieme al collega e amico Alessandro Longo. Si trasferisce all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Catanzaro ed è li che trova il suo mondo riuscendo ad esprimersi ed a sviluppare il suo percorso. Percorso che presenta due lati uno razionale, preciso, programmato, l’altro irrazionale, sconfinato, libero. Il lato razionale e pratico gli permette di mettere in atto le idee artistiche con consapevolezza e rigore. Condizionato dall’ordine e dal controllo della programmazione, dalla pulizia e le strutture della grafica visualizza e produce. Prende parte a vari progetti dell’Accademia tra cui l’opera scenografica la Bella nello spettacolo teatrale “Le Sedie”con regia di Giovanni Carpanzano, la co-realizzazione del video Passi, omaggio all’artista Alfredo Pirri proiettato durante l’evento Duplice-Mente De-Costruire presso il museo Marca di Catanzaro e diventa Performer nello stesso evento. Progetta e realizza la performance Caffè Moderni eseguita durante la mostra Motorhead Art 2519 presso il museo Marca di Catanzaro. Nello stesso periodo fonda insieme ad alcuni colleghi un collettivo artistico Camera 237 con cui espone per la prima volta a Photocontainer Art Festival di Torino. L’opera prende il nome di “Spettacolo dominante” creata da soli quattro artisti del collettivo.

Divide i suoi impegni artistici tra i progetti accademici come l’happening urbano Scriviamo Insieme Il Futuro, le installazioni ambientali di Comunicart: Rebirth legate al progetto della fondazione Pistoletto sui tre paradisi, la mostra in omaggio a Mimmo Rotella Strap-street presso la Galleria Mancuso e la mostra collettiva Manifesti presso il complesso S. Giovanni di Catanzaro ed i progetti con il collettivo artistico. Si appassiona anche alla progettazione 3D ed inizia a sviluppare un percorso sperimentale. A maggio 2016 idea e partecipa ad Effetto Placebo, la prima mostra di Camera 237, presentata dall’associazione culturale Sfrat-Art, a cura di Dorotea Li Causi presso il MACK (Museo d’arte contemporanea di Crotone). In questa occasione per la prima volta espone un’opera derivata dalla progettazione e stampa in 3D, Media Flag. Da li decide, insieme agli altri componenti del gruppo, di distaccarsi dai progetti accademici dedicandosi, in modo distinto, ai progetti del collettivo ed ai progetti personali. Avendo sviluppato nei due anni precedenti l’interesse verso la stampa d’arte ed avendone studiato le tecniche grazie al Maestro ed amico Vincenzo Lombardi progetta e realizza Uccello senza ali #020072.

Viene invitato ,dal critico e curatore Lara Caccia, al festival “Sonore Alchimie” a cura dell’associazione CID presso Davoli Superiore dove realizza, con Camera 237, Alchimisti per il borgo, una serie di quattro installazioni site-specific sulle quattro fasi alchemiche: Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas e Rubedo. Il percorso di Camera 237 è in continua ascesa. Il collettivo viene invitato, nel mese di agosto, ad altri due importanti eventi: Arte nel castello , mostra a cielo aperto a cura di Luigi Basile con gli artisti dell’associazione Sfrat-art, tra cui Teresa Riganello e Francesco Giordano, e l’artista internazionale Mark Costabi presso Santa Severina (KR) ed Io non sono qui, una serie di installazioni site-specific per il borgo di Cleto (CS) in occasione del Cleto Festival a cura dell’associazione La Piazza.  A settembre del 2016 ottiene i primi riconoscimenti personali. Viene selezionato ed esporre alla XIII Biennale di Grafica e Arti – Città di Castelleone. Da questa partecipazione anche per il percorso personale è in continua ascesa. Viene invitato, da una commissione di inviti presieduta dal Critico d’Arte Tino Gipponi, come artista professionista per esporre una sua opera al 3° Concorso di Xilografia Ugo Maffi Città di Lodi. Per Lodi progetta la seconda opera del suo percorso rivolto ai limiti dell’uomo imposti dalle varie culture Uccello senza ali #050057: una doppia stampa, 70x50cm, realizzata tramite tre matrici: compensato, linoleum e PLA. E’ il primo passo verso la sperimentazione personale nel campo dell’incisione. Utilizza una matrice, quella in PLA, modellata e stampata in 3D, la inchiostra e la stampa.  Parallelamente continuano i progetti con il collettivo  ideando e producendo il primo Art Video di Camera 237 Ecumene. L’Art Video viene presentato a settembre nel quasi omonimo evento Ecumen3 in occasione della Giornata del Contemporaneo promossa da Amaci. Un progetto, a cura di Camera 237, vede lo svolgimento di tre eventi: Ecumene di Camera 237 presso lo studio del collettivo a Catanzaro,  Ave Europa dell’artista Marco Stefanelli a Roma, Aylan 1 di {movimentomilc} e Emigration zone di Luigi Scopelliti ad Armo (RC). Conosce il Critico d’Arte Roberto Sottile il quale si interessa alla sua ricerca poetica ed artistica e gli propone una mostra bipersonale. Il progetto prende il nome di Anticorpi e viene presentato a febbraio 2017 presso lo spazio Tecne Cube dell’associazione Tecne3 a Cosenza. Ottiene il diploma di laurea come Illustratore Grafico e viene invitato  alla residenza artistica Dialoghi di carta presso L’Hotel Parco Granaro a cura di Roberto Sottile. Viene invitato dal Museo della Stampa di Soncino per una mostra personale e per tale progetta Right is Wrong in cui evidenzia il proprio pensiero poetico attraverso opere effettuate con vari mezzi tecnici, dall’incisione agli ologrammi progettati e animati in 3D. Il 20 maggio 2017 il vernissage di “Right is wrong” a cura del critico Roberto Sottile. Con Camera 237 idea e percorre il progetto LOGIN intento a trattare il tema della paura dell’uomo in una modernità globalizzata. Il percorso, diviso in cinque eventi distribuiti nell’area calabrese, ha avuto inizio con la prima tappa >Reverse< , una performance di otto ore di lettura, a Lamezia (CZ) su corso Nicotera, dove i due artisti di Camera 237 hanno dato luogo ad una riproduzione di un ambiente conviviale tra poltrone, tappeti e libri sparsi. Tra i due artisti un televisore con il countdown a ricordare il trascorrere del tempo della performance. Nella seconda tappa, Millennium bug, viene presentata l’installazione ambientale al Castello della Valle di Fiumefreddo Bruzio (CS) insieme ad una mostra collettiva negli spazi espositivi dello stesso. La terza tappa presentata è Charging Point, un’installazione sonora interattiva ideata e collocata al Mabos (Museo d’Arte del Basco della Sila) durante una residenza d’artista nello stesso. Community è stata la quarta tappa, una serie di installazioni site-specific a Cleto in occasione del Cleto Festival 2017 sul tema del festival “Infifferenze”. Login, la fase conclusiva, l’ultima tappa, una mostra di chiusura percorso al Museo del Presente a cura di Roberto Sottile ad Ottobre 2017 con un’installazione finale ed una selezione dei due artisti di Camera 237. A febbraio 2018 viene inviato a partecipare alla IX edizione di Limen Arte, al Museo di Arte Contemporanea  di Vibo Valentia (VV), dove espone una scultura olografica, “Mood Off”, che ottiene una menzione speciale. Partendo dalla serie delle Anatomie Forzate, di cui fanno parte gli uccelli senza ali, le sculture “amissa” esposte alla mostra login, e la sculture olografiche, idea un percorso di Mail Art differente dai progetti già conosciuti in quanto il destinatario, in questo progetto, è casuale. Il progetto prende il nome di Random Recipient e a marzo 2018 inizia questo percorso con la sua prima tappa Mail to Edimburgo. Dopo una piccola pausa dovuta, dato il percorso impegnativo del 2017, a maggio 2019 viene ideato e presentato il progetto I’m Nature – But i forgot it che inizierà a prendere forma nel successivo luglio. A giugno 2018 viene invitato dalla curatrice Marilena Morabito ad esporre alla mostra collettiva “Ghost Space”, un evento collaterale a Manifesta 12 a Palermo (PA). Li a Palermo porta la seconda tappa del Mail-Art Project Random Recipient, questa volta è Mail to Palermo. A luglio 2018 sviluppa, con Camera 237, le prime due installazioni interattive del progetto I’m Nature – But i forgot it presso il Parco Ambientale Ecolandia a Reggio Calabria (RC) in occasione del Face Festival 2018. Sempre con Camera 237, ad agosto 2018, riceve il Premio Elmo 2018 – Storie di ordinaria cultura, un prestigioso riconoscimento in ambito artistico culturale a cura dell’associazione Piazza Dalì a Rizziconi (RC). Appena qualche settimana dopo con Camera 237, in collaborazione con l’artista Marco Stefanelli, idea, in occasione del Cleto Festival un’installazione interattiva sonora che si dirama su tutta la via principale del borgo cosentino, un’installazione di denuncia che viene citata su vari quotidiani e riviste d’arte, La Città che Parla, che si lascia ascoltare, com’era e com’è ed ognuno, interagendo, diventa responsabile della costruzione-decostruzione della stessa. Ad ottobre 2018 idea, insieme agli artisti Giuseppe Ferrise e Lucy Mey (Lucrezia Siniscalchi), un Land-Art Project dal nome La Macchia a cura di Marilena Morabito e sviluppato al Mabos. Il progetto, sviluppato con la collaborazione di 100 alunni dell’Istituto Comprensivo “De Amicis” Bagalati – San Lorenzo di Melito Porto Salvo (Rc), fa parte dell’area didattica del Museo ed è atto alla sensibilizzazione all’arte e alla didattica laboratoriale. Nello stesso mese espone l’opera inedita Macula a Palermo in occasione dell’XIII edizione del Premio Nazionale Delle Arti nella sezione delle Arti Grafiche. A novembre 2018 partecipa ad un’altro progetto di Land-Art  dal nome Domus insieme agli artisti Giuseppe Barilaro e Giuseppe Ferrise. Anche questo progetto facente parte della didattica laboratoriale del Mabos  in collaborazione con 100 alunni dell’Istituto Comprensivo Statale Ardore, Benestare, Careri, Ciminà. Dal 30 novembre al 2 dicembre 2018 attua la terza tappa di del suo Mail-Art Project, Random Recipient, è la volta di Mail to Rome.

 

 

 

Angelo Gallo was born in Cetraro (Italy) on June 20th, 1988. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Fagnano Castello, a small town in the province of Cosenza; from this early age his insatiable desire to gain knowledge and explore his creative abilities became apparent. Unfortunately he could not elaborate on his artistic vision without leaving home as there was no Art Institute in the area, therefore he decided to attend I.T.C.G. “E. Fermi ” of San Marco Argentano instead. Here he became passionate about graphics and programming eventually earning his ECDL Full diploma. He participated in various Editorial, Media marketing and Communication seminars through Assform Confindustria Rimini. One year after graduating he obtained his professional qualification as an “IT and Web Security Designer”. He then enrolled in a degree course in Computer Science at SMFN at the Unical in Rende; it was here that, together with three of his colleagues, he formed a work team named Aforsite. This team focused on the production of graphic-advertising and IT services. After three years with Aforsite he could no longer deny his passion for the arts and, along with his friend and colleague Alessandro Longo, moved to the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro; it was here that he found his world as he was able to express himself and develop his artistic style.  

This style represents two distinct sides of his process: a rational, precise, carefully calculated side and an irrational, boundless and free side. The rational and practical side allows him to implement artistic ideas with awareness and rigor, while the boundless and free side allows him to express his inner self. These ideas are conditioned by his experience with the order and control of programming, the cleanliness and precise structures of graphics, which allow him to accurately portray his vision. Though these sides are complete opposites they manage to complement each other in his work.     

During his time at the Academy he took part in various projects including designing the scenic work “La Bella” in the theatrical show “Le Sedie”; he also performed in this show. “Le Sedie” was directed by Giovanni Carpanzano and was the co-realisation of the video Passi; it served as a tribute to the artist Alfredo Pirri and was projected during the Duplice-Mente De-Costruire at the Marca Museum in Catanzaro. He designed and implemented the Caffè Moderni performance which was performed during the Motorhead Art 2519 exhibition at the Marca Museum in Catanzaro. During this time he also founded an artistic collective entitled Camera 237 with some of his colleagues; he exhibited this collective for the first time at Photocontainer Art Festival in Turin. The work was called the “Spettacolo Dominante” and featured creations by four of the artists from the collective. 

He divides his artistic commitments between Camera 237 and other academic projects including the urban happening entitled “Scriviamo Insieme il Futuro” and the environmental installations of Comunicart: Rebirth which was linked to the project of the Pistoletto Foundation on the three paradises. The Pistoletto Foundation three paradises project was an exhibition in homage to Mimmo Rotella Strap-street collection at the Mancuso Gallery and the collective exhibition Manifesti at the S. Giovanni di Catanzaro complex. 

He decided to experiment with 3D design and found he had a passion for this medium. In May 2016 he created and participated in Effetto Placebo which was the first exhibition of Camera 237 and was presented by the cultural association Sfrat-Art; curated by Dorotea Li Causi at the MACK (Museum of Contemporary Art of Crotone). Here he presented a work consisting of a 3D flag design and printing methods titled “Media Flag”. This would be the first time he exhibited a 3D work. From here he decided, along with other members of the group, to detach himself from academic projects choosing to instead devote himself to Camera 237 and his own personal projects. During the two previous years he developed his interest in the art press and, thanks to techniques he learned from his Maestro and friend Vincenzo Lombardi, he designed and realised the piece “Uccello senza ali # 020072”. 

He was invited by the critic and curator Lara Caccia to the festival “Sonore Alchimie”. This festival was presented by the CID association at Davoli Superiore. It was here that, along with Camera 237, he completes and displays his work “Alchimisti per il Borgo”. The work consists of a series of four site specific installations encompassing the four alchemical phases: Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo. The interest sparked by these inspiring pieces propels the collectives’ popularity opening the doors to exclusive events. In August 2014 Camera 237 was invited to two more important events. The first was “Arte nel Castello”; an open air exhibition, curated by Luigi Basile, that featured artists from the Sfrat-art association including Teresa Riganello and Francesco Giordano. The second was the Cleto Festival which was organised by the La Piazza association. It was hosted at Santa Severina (KR) and included the international artist Mark Kostabi. It was here that the work “Io non sono qui” was displayed; this work consisted of a series of site specific installations for the village of Cleto (CS). 

In September 2016 he received his first personal accolade as he was selected to have his work exhibited at the XIII Biennial of Graphics and Arts in Città di Castelleone. Due to participating in this event he begins to be further recognised as a professional artist and was invited, by an invitation committee chaired by the renowned art critic Tino Gipponi, to exhibit one of his works at the Third Woodcut Competition Ugo Maffi Città di Lodi. He chose to present his second work which aims to explore the limits that are imposed upon man by various cultures. This work is entitled “Uccello senza Ali #050057” and is a double print (70 x 50cm) that is composed of three matrices: plywood, linoleum and PLA. The PLA matrix was modelled and printed in 3D using ink and printing processes. The work represents his first steps toward personal experimentation in the field of engraving. During this time he continued to have input in Camera 237. He devised and produced the first art video of Camera 237: Ecumene. Ecumene was presented in September at the almost homonymous event Ecumen3 which took place on Contemporary Day; an occasion which was promoted by Amaci. Ecumene was developed at the collectives’ studio in Catanzaro and was part of several exhibitions curated by Camera 237. The other exhibitions included Ave Europa created by the artist Marco Stefanelli, Aylan 1 created by {movimentomilc}) and Emigration zone created by Luigi Scopelliti in Armo (RC).

He is personally acquainted with the art critic Roberto Sottile who, being very impressed by his poetic and artistic research, offered him a bipersonal exhibition. He decided to feature his work “Anticorpi” at this exhibition. “Anticorpi” was presented in February 2017 at the Tecne Cube space of the Tecne3 association in Cosenza. After he obtained his degree in Graphic Illustration he was invited, once again by Roberto Sottile, to the artistic residence “Dialoghi di Carta” at the Parco Granaro Hotel. Due to being recognised by Roberto Sottile, he was invited by the Museum della Stampa of Soncino to conduct a personal exhibition. He designed and created his work “Right is Wrong” for this exhibition; this work highlighted his poetic thinking by using various mediums and technical techniques including engraving, hologram designs and 3D animations. On May 20th 2017, Roberto Sottile presented the vernissage of “Right is Wrong” which received high praise from those who viewed it. 

He continued to work with Camera 237 and participated in project LOGIN; this project intended to explore the theme of man’s fear of globalized modernity. The project was divided into five events distributed in the calabrian area and began with “>Reverse<”, an eight hour reading performance conducted in Lamezia (CZ) in Corso Nicotera. This served as the first stage of project LOGIN and was performed by two Camera 237 artists who proceeded to read in a representation of a convivial environment consisting of armchairs, rugs and scattered books; a television with a countdown was placed between the two artists to allow them to keep track of the performance time. The second stage, “Millennium bug”, was an environmental installation presented at the Castello della Valle in Fiumefreddo Bruzio (CS). The third stage was “Charging Point”, an interactive sound installation conceived and located at the Mabos (Art Museum Basque of Sila); it was presented during an artist residency. The fourth stage, “Community”, consisted of a series of site specific installations in Cleto during the Cleto Festival 2017 on the theme of the festival “Indifferenze”. The final stage, “Login”, was presented by Roberto Sottile in October 2017 as the closing exhibition at Museo del Presente; this stage was the selection of two of the artists from Camera 237.  

In February 2018 he participated in the IX edition of Limen Arte at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vibo Valentia (VV). Here he exhibited his holographic structure “Mood Off”, this piece was given a special mention by the curators of this event. He compiles his series of Forced Anatomies which features “Birds without Wings”, the “Amissa” sculptures featured in the LOGIN project and holographic structures. This compilation was a Mail Art project and was different from the ventures he was already know for; therefore he recognised it as a random accumulation of his work and chose the title “Random Recipient”. “Random Recipient” was displayed in March 2018 at Edinburgh in Mail to Edinburgh. He took a small break after this exhibition as the previous years’ work had been ponderous, but returned at full strength in May 2018 with his announcement of a new project “I’m Nature – But i forgot it” which would be displayed in July 2018. He was then invited by the curator Marilena Morabito, in June 2018, to exhibit at the collective show “Ghost Space”. This show was a side event at Manifesta 12 in Palermo (PA) and it was here that he exhibited the second stage of the Mail Art project “Random Recipient, this time entitled “Mail to Palermo”.

In July 2018, as he had promised he would, he developed the first two interactive installations of the “I’m Nature – but i forgot it” project with Camera 237. These installations were displayed at the Ecolandia Environmental Park in Reggio Calabria (RC) during the 2018 Face Festival. 

Camera 237 goes on to receive the Elmo Prize  2018  – Stories of ordinary culture in August 2018. This is a prestigious recognition in the cultural art field and the recipient is chosen by the Piazza Dalì association in Rizziconi (RC). Just a few weeks later Camera 237 exhibits an interactive sound installation created in collaboration with artist Marco Stefanelli at the Cleto Festival in Cosenza town. This installation was entitled “La Città che Parla” and branches out across the main street of the town thus it has to be listened to; this unavoidable aspect leads to the interaction of everyone in the street either listening to or denouncing the work which becomes the work in itself. The participation of the public leads to the construction and deconstruction of the works message. This installation was cited in various newspapers and art magazines; these citations also lend themselves to the works overall impact.  

In October 2018, together with the artists Giuseppe Ferrise and Lucy Mey (Lucrezia Siniscalchi), he presents a Land-Art Project titled “La Macchia”. This piece was curated by Marilena Morabito and was developed at Mabos in collaboration with 100 students from the Comprehensive Institute “De Amicis” Bagalati located in San Lorenzo di Melito Porto Salvo (RC). This work is part of the educational area of the museum and is used to raise awareness of the benefits of learning about art. In October he went to Palermo where he exhibited his unpublished work “Macula” at the XIII edition of the National Award of Arts event in the Graphic Arts section. In November 2018 he participated in another Land-Art Project entitled “Domus” together with the artists Giuseppe Barilaro and Giuseppe Ferrise. This project was once again developed at Mabos, this time in collaboration with 100 students of the Comprehensive State Institute Ardore, Benestare, Careri and Ciminà. 

He continues to develop and expand upon his work. From November 30th to December 2nd 2018 the third stage of his Mail-Art Project, “Random Recipient”, took place. He plans to continue this project in Rome; here it will be titled “Mail to Rome”. His passion for his work has not diminished in the slightest and he looks forward to all his future projects.  

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