SUPRAINFINIT gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition with new and existing works by Italian artist Alessandro Teoldi. By examining the relationship between humans and objects, intimacy and distance, the artist finds fascination with using and reinterpreting mass-produced objects, such as the inflight airline blankets. Triggering visibility and invisibility at once, Alessandro creates intimate realms for dialogues with their own subjectivity, unconscious and surroundings.
In his practice, Teoldi uses different inflight airline blankets, either taken from aircrafts during personal trips or bought online, and sews them together into representations of human silhouettes, body parts and familiar portraits, creating multiple narratives of closeness and estrangement. Displaced bodies that move from one location to another, carrying both a sense of togetherness and loneliness are signified. Synthetic blankets disclose real scripts, in which colors and textures address themes of presence – absence and intimacy – separation in human nature. The new concrete works depicting day-to-day encounters and situations allude to the fragility and stillness of human existence.
Alessandro Teoldi (b.1987) is a New York-based artist born in Milan, Italy. Teoldi holds a MFA from ICP-Bard College, New York and a BA in Photography from Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan. He works with mixed media and his practice encompasses textile, installation, sculpture, and photography. In his works, Alessandro Teoldi uses different inflight airplane blankets sewn together into figurative representations that resemble and create melancholic narratives. Synthetic blankets disclose real scripts, in which colors and textures address themes of presence and absence, intimacy and closeness in human nature. The blanket’s handcrafted appearance takes one to an idea of home, domesticity and comfort, which is emphasized by its tactile nature.
Teoldi has had solo exhibitions it venues, such as: Marinaro, New York (2020); Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest (2018); 11 Rivington, New York (2017); and Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York (2016). His work has been included in group exhibitions in venues, such as: Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring (NY); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2019); Assembly Room, New York (2019); Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2018); Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York (2017); and International Center of Photography, New York (2013), among others. Art fairs he participated in: The Armory Show, New York (2020); Artissima, Turin (2019) and NADA, Miami (2019).
SUPRAINFINIT Gallery develops a programme that highlights Romanian and international, emerging and mid-career artists. Having recently expanded its curatorial framework with SEQUENCE – a vitrine project and SALTMINE – a temporary exhibition & performance programme underneath the main space, the gallery seeks to engage in a multilayered approach to artistic contexts and contents. After producing several exhibitions in its initial space, and followed by a nomad experience in chaotic and ever fascinating Bucharest, SUPRAINFINIT recently moved in its new and permanent location. SUPRAINFINIT heralds the name of a plural and utopian universe created by artist collective Apparatus 22. The gallery was founded by Suzana Vasilescu in September 2015 and is currently co-directed with independent curator Cristina Vasilescu.