Indagine II’24 – Octavio Floreal

10 February - 24 March 2024

GART Arte Contemporanea is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition season with ‘Indagine II’24‘, the solo show of Spanish artist Octavio Floreal, which extends from the gallery’s rooms to the spaces of La Sbornia in Verduno. The official opening will be held on Saturday 10 February at 6 p.m. in the spaces of the Neive venue, in Via Rocca 31.February 10th, at 6:00 PM at the Neive location, Via Rocca 31.

The exhibition presents the black and white universe of Octavio Floreal, an artist native to the Canary Islands. A selection of emblematic works of his career, three previously unexhibited works and a site-specific installation realised in the gallery’s spaces, lead to the four large sculptures housed in the gardens and interior spaces of La Sbornia a Verduno. The exhibition, extended among the hills of Langhe, thus explores one of the key aspect of the artist’s work, named ‘Indagine (Investigation)’.

“Investigation” by definition is “a theoretical and practical activity directed towards the knowledge or discovery of something. [(Sin.) analysis, examination, exploration, observation, research, study]. This word contains within itself the mother principle that has driven Floreal’s art since the beginning of his studies and career, which began in the mid-1990s. Through this corpus of work, from which the exhibition takes its title, Floreal has created a symbolic alphabet by manipulating one and only one iron wire. His icons, originally born from drawing, are visual syntheses of existential concepts, interweaving tales of human history and art with personal experiences. The codification of these symbols led the artist to express himself with what can be called the ‘12 universal elements‘, which are always present in every artworks. These are welded together to create a play of harmonious compositions, ‘visual poems that are structured in space‘. The depth of his personal sculptural line can be perceived in his ability to give each individual figurative element a ‘simplicity of interpretation’. This aspect invites viewers to approach and investigate the meanings, discovering and recognising themselves in the iconic symbols that, although unique and personal, speak to us as if they had already been absorbed into our collective imagination.

profile of Octavio Floreal
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Indagine 6IX'21

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine 61IX’21 2021

150x200x9cm filo di ferro e grafite su passmuseum

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine III’17 2017

37x37x5cm filo di ferro su paassmuseum

Octavio Floreal, - sentio ergo sum 1997

198x192cm olio su lino
Acquaforte

Octavio Floreal, - Acquaforte 2009

39x49cm Incisione su carta Hannumüller
Indagine IX'16

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine IX’16 2016

52x64cm filo di ferro e grafite su passmuseum
Indagine VI'17

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine VI’17 2017

31x41x9cm filo di ferro e grafite su passmuseum
Indagine V'10

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine V’10 2010

104x124cm filo di ferro e grafite su passmuseum

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine XI’11 2011

90x59x3cm grafite e foglia dorata su carta Scholler
Indagine 30I'24

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine 30I’24 2024

36x45x6cm ferro
Indagine 22I'24

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine 22I’24 2024

30x30x24cm filo di ferro
Indagine 22XI'21

Octavio Floreal, - Indagine 22XI’21 2021

31x41x7cm filo di ferro e grafite su passmuseum

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