Ludovica Gioscia

Ludovica Gioscia’s installations and sculptures explore the rich layering of cultural debris within our cities and speak of a journey of scripted spaces through history including the way in which the digital revolution shapes our way of being.

Her work draws heavily from the Baroque in Rome, where she grew up, the significance of alchemy in studio practice, and her large archive of wallpapers containing motifs that stem from her mother’s DIY science lab, psychedelic explosions, telepathic brains, vintage jewellery auction catalogues, Paninaro patterns, Pasolini actors, Baroque interiors, ancient Roman ruins and the Rosetta Stone.

Since 2006, Gioscia has been creating large-scale site-specific wall-based installations, under the series title ‘Giant Decollage’, in which layered hand screen printed and commercial wallpaper are installed and then ripped back to reveal the strata underneath. The ‘Debris’ series, grew out of these, created by layering detritus accumulated whilst de-installing the installations.

Adopting a new modus operandi in 2016, which she titled the ‘Infinite Present’, Gioscia’s practice has significantly evolved, reflecting the new temporalities that have emerged with the digital revolution, in particular the scrambling of the linear. This has led to a studio practice that is constantly being reconsidered and renegotiated in which the past, present and future infinitely coexist. Ludovica describes her studio as having become a magical location in which artworks from the future and from other dimensions appear, and past creations are de-assembled and reconsidered.

Gioscia sees artworks as being alive, hence constantly evolving. Infused with a sort of animism, the creations stem from a deep enjoyment of working with materials. Fragments from previous installations and tools used to produce artworks, such as screen printing ink, gloves, brushes, sheets of protective plastic, make their way into her assemblages together with found objects, ‘Debris’, and other fabricated works in ceramic, wood, resin, Papier-mâché, and fabric.

 

Ludovica Gioscia (born 1977, Rome) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MFA Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art in 2004 and has been exhibiting internationally since.

Solo shows include: Nuclear Reaction Cosmic Interaction, Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, IT (2018); Infinite Present, Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, US (2017); Shapeshifters, MaxMara, London, curated by Marina Dacci (2017); Neurotic Seduction Astral Production, John Jones Project Space, London, curated by Cassandra Needham (2014); Mineral Rush Flamingo Crush, Galleria Mangiabarche, Calasetta, IT (2013); Vermilion Glow Bleeds Rust, Riccardo Crespi, Milan, IT (2013); Forecasting Ouroboros, MACRO, Rome, IT (2012); Wild Boys, VITRINE, London, UK (2010); Papered Portraits, The Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh, US, curated by Eric Shiner; and Mikado, Siobhan Davies Studios, London, UK (2009).

In 2015 Gioscia presented a specially commissioned and semi-permanent site-specific installation at Maraya Art Park in Sharjah and another site-specific installation at OFF Biennale Cairo. Previously Gioscia has shown in group shows at Wimbledon Space, London, UK (2018); FuturDome, Milan, IT (2017); Marcelle Joseph Projects, UK (2013, 2014, 2017) ; Palazzo Fiano, Rome, IT (2016); Allegra LaViola (2013) and Salon 94 (2012), NY, US; Edinburgh College of Art, UK (2012); The Flag Art Foundation (2011); Analix Forever, Geneva, CH (2010); The Miro’ Foundation, Barcelona, ES (2010); The Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh, UK (2010); VITRINE, London, UK (2010); Jerwood Space, London, UK (2007); South London Gallery, London, UK (2007); MNAC, Bucharest, RO (2007); and Comfort Moderne, Poitiers, FR (2002).

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fluor, Exibart, Exit Express, Flash Art International, Kunstforum, Etapes International, Elephant, The End and AN. In 2012 Edizioni Olivares published Ludovica’s first monographic catalogue. Gioscia has collaborated on a Falabella limited edition for Stella McCartney (2012), collaborated with Sergio Zambon for Galitzine (2013), was part of Absolut Blank’s campaign (2011) and has worked on several commissions, including one for the House of Peroni (2013) and more recently for the Drake in Toronto (2018).

Forthcoming exhibitions include La Vita Materiale, curated by Marina Dacci, at Palazzo da Mosto, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani (November 2018), a solo show at Museo della Figurina, Modena, IT (March 2019), and the artist’s second solo show at Baert Gallery in Los Angeles (June 2019).

VITRINE will present Gioscia’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland in Autumn 2019.

Ludovica Gioscia, Nuclear Reaction Cosmic Interaction, 2018. Installation view. Photographer: Matteo D’Eletto. Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Nuclear Reaction Cosmic Interaction, 2018. Installation view. Photographer: Matteo D’Eletto. Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Henley Festival curated by French Riviera, 2018. Installation view. Photographer: Kris Emmerson. Henley Festival, Henley, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Infinite Present, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Joshua White. Courtesy of Baert gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Ludovica Gioscia, Infinite Present, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Joshua White. Courtesy of Baert gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Ludovica Gioscia, Infinite Present, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Joshua White. Courtesy of Baert gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Peacock Stage curated by Alberta Romano, 2017. Installation view. Photographer/Courtesy of t-space, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Peacock Stage curated by Alberta Romano, 2017. Installation view. Photographer/Courtesy of t-space, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Infra White Interference curated by Fabio Carnaghi, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Cosimo Filippini. Courtesy of MARS, Milan, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Infra White Interference curated by Fabio Carnaghi, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Cosimo Filippini. Courtesy of MARS, Milan, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Shapeshifters curated by Marina Dacci, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Max Mara, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Shapeshifters curated by Marina Dacci, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Max Mara, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Shapeshifters curated by Marina Dacci, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Max Mara, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Materia Montelupo: Cantieri contemporanei in ceramica, curated by Matteo Zauli, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Cosimo Filippini. Courtesy of Palazzo Podestarile, Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, L’Arte Che Accadra’ curated by Valentina Ciarallo, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Alessandro Dandini. Courtesy of Palazzo Fiano, Rome, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Rosina#0, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Courtesy of Limone, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Imitation Game, 2015. Installation view. Photographer: Chito Pachica. Courtesy of Maraya Art Park, Sharjah, UAE.

Ludovica Gioscia, Neurotic Seduction Astral Production, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. John Jones Project Space, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Material Girls And Their Muses curated by Marcelle Joseph, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. John Jones Project Space, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Èdra. Connecting Landscapes curated by Carmen Stolfi and Untitled Association, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Valerio Iacobini. American Academy in Rome, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, At Home Salon, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Mineral Rush Flamingo Crush curated by Carmen Stolfi and Untitled Association, 2013. Installation view. Photographer: Nelly Dietzel. Courtesy of Galleria Mangiabarche, Calasetta, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Vermilion Glow Bleeds Rust, 2013. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, House Of Peroni, 2013. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. House Of Peroni, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Forecasting Ouroboros, 2012. Installation view. Photographer: Mario di Paolo. Courtesy of MACRO, Rome, Italy.

Ludovica Gioscia, Pack, Store, Cleans, 2012. Installation view. Photographer: Alex Wisser. Courtesy of Index, Sydney, Australia.

Ludovica Gioscia, Two Peacocks curated by John Walter, 2011. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Apocalypstick curated by Jeremy Willett and Sian Hislop, 2011. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Nunnery, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Wild Boys, 2010. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. VITRINE, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Wild Boys, 2010. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. VITRINE, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Murals curated by Martina Milla, 2010. Installation view. Photographer: Pere Pratdesaba. Courtesy of Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, Spain.

Ludovica Gioscia, Paninaro, 2010. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. The Agency, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Tiger Economy, 2009. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. The Agency, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Papered Portraits curated by Eric Shiner, 2009. Installation view. Photographer: Jessica Milberg. Courtesy of The Warhol, Pittsburgh, USA.

Ludovica Gioscia, Papered Portraits curated by Eric Shiner, 2009. Installation view. Photographer: Jessica Milberg. Courtesy of The Warhol, Pittsburgh, USA.

Ludovica Gioscia, Sequence & Repetition curated by Silia Ka Tung and Sarah Williams, 2007. Installation view. Photographer: Michele Panzeri. Jerwood Space, London, UK.

Ludovica Gioscia, Nuclear Reaction, 2018. Paper mache realised with pulped c print tests, various coloured papers, acrylic paint, wallpaper paste, sprayed mdf and acrylic. 106 x 80 x 10 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 10, 2017. Fabric, thread, screenprinting ink and metal, 228 x 122 cm. Photographer Joshua White.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 9, 2017. Fabric, thread, screenprinting ink and metal. 224 x 122 cm. Photographer Joshua White.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 8, 2017. Fabric, thread, screenprinting ink, acrylic paint, felt-tips, ball point pen and metal. 233 x 123 cm. Photographer Joshua White.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 7, 2017. Fabric, thread, screenprinting ink and metal. 231 x 122 cm. Photographer Joshua White.

Ludovica Gioscia, Pan (detail), 2017. Photographer Joshua White.

Ludovica Gioscia, Sofia e Goffredo, 2018. Plastic, screen printing ink, drawing pins and parcel tape. 194 x 153 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Ta-Dah, 2018. Paper mache realised with pulped newspaper, polystyrene, gesso primer, acrylic paint, acrylic varnish, glue and rope. 430 x 20 x 20 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Exothermic Reaction, 2018. Paper mache realised with pulped c print tests, various coloured papers, magazines, acrylic paint, screenprinting ink, debris from previous works, wallpaper paste, mdf, primer, gloss paint, rope and plastic. 102 x 37 x 8 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Deconstruct Reconstruct, 2017. Ceramic. 36 x 31 x 3 cm. Photographer: Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Selenic Gold, 2017. Ceramic, 28 x 18 x 3 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, First Contact 2, 2017. Ceramic. 75 x 28 x 6 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, First Contact 3, 2017. Ceramic. 36 x 28 x 2 cm. Photographer: Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Dream Hat Pattern, 2017. Ceramic. 48 x 49 x 3 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gold Flint, 2017. Ceramic. 22 x 9 x 3 cm. Photographer Dean Brannagan

Ludovica Gioscia, La Luna Ci Guarda, 2017. Ceramic. 50 x 42 x 2 cm. Photographer Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Time Out Of Time, 2017. Ceramic. 44 x 28 x 3 cm. Photographer: Matteo D’Eletto.

Ludovica Gioscia, Landfills Are Not Colour Coded, 2017. Wrapping paper, magazine, wallpaper paste, screenprinting ink and plaster. 30 x 26 x 20 cm. Photographer Dean Brannagan.

Ludovica Gioscia, Cookie Monster, 2017. Fabric, timber and fimo. 45 x 32 x 14. Photographer: Dean Brannagan.

Ludovica Gioscia, Celestial Bodies, appeared 2017. Pewter, plaster, make-up and perspex. 52 x 52 x 7.5 cm. Edition of 2. Photographer: T-Space.

Ludovica Gioscia, Celestial Bodies (details), appeared 2017. Pewter, plaster, make-up and perspex. 52 x 52 x 7.5 cm. Edition of 2. Photographer: T-Space.

Ludovica Gioscia, FlashBackFriday, 2016. Debris of previous installation, hand screenprinted and commercial wallpaper, wallpaper paste, mdf, spray paint and rope. 390 x 32 x 32 cm

Ludovica Gioscia, Appetite For Great Design (detail), 2014. Resin cast of an Ikea table top, ash, plastic debris, metal, plaster, Ikea table legs, Ipad box, terracotta, make-up, paper and acrylic paint. 93 x 60 x 99 cm. Photographer: Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Appetite For Great Design, 2014. Resin cast of an Ikea table top, ash, plastic debris, metal, plaster, Ikea table legs, Ipad box, terracotta, make-up, paper and acrylic paint. 93 x 60 x 99 cm. Photographer: Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Potlach, 2014. Custom screenprinted wallpaper and wallpaper paste. Photographer Dean Brannagan.

Ludovica Gioscia, Disgruntled Customer, 2013. C-print on fuji archival paper. 42 x 47. Edition of 2. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Tudor Heads (Anne Boleyn & Catherine Howard), 2013. Hand screen printed and commercial wallpaper, wallpaper paste and uv protective varnish. 36 x 30 x 19 cm (Anne), 37 x 32 x 17 cm (Catherine). Photographer Michele Panzeri

Ludovica Gioscia, Momie de femme et d’homme, 2013. Ikea table tops, resin, plaster, plastic. 150 x 240 x 40 cm. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Memphis et Environs 1, 2013. C-print on fuji archival paper. 64 x 72 cm. Edition of 2. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Memphis et Environs 2, 2013. C-print on fuji archival paper. 64 x 72 cm. Edition of 2. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, VL (Vomitorium Label) Fall/Winter 2012, 2013. Resin, various cosmetics, fake leather, glass and paper. 140 x 140 x 140 cm. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, VL (Vomitorium Label) spring/summer 2013, 2013. Material, plaster, metal and fabric. 60 x 160 x 120 cm. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, VL (Vomitorium Label) fall/winter 2013. 2013. Mdf, plastic and fabric. 140 x 140 x 140 cm. Photographer Michele Panzeri.

Ludovica Gioscia, Debrock 11, 2012. Australia Vogue magazine and wallpaper paste. 30 x 25 x 20. Photographer Alex Wisser

Ludovica Gioscia, Debrock 26, 2012. Commercial wrapping paper and wallpaper paste. 25 x 24 x 13. Photographer Alex Wisser

Ludovica Gioscia, Debrock 38, 2012. Home magazine and wallpaper paste. 17 x 25 x 24. Photographer Alex Wisser

Ludovica Gioscia, Debrock 41, 2012. Commercial wrapping paper and wallpaper paste. 23 x 17 x 17. Photographer Alex Wisser

Ludovica Gioscia, Green, 2011. Make-up ads on museum board, paper, and starch paste (framed work). 84 x 63 cm. Photographer Michele Panzeri

Ludovica Gioscia, Orange, 2011. Make-up ads on museum board, paper, and starch paste (framed work), 84 x 63 cm. . Photographer Michele Panzeri

Ludovica Gioscia, Pink, 2011. Make-up ads on museum board, paper, and starch paste (framed work), 84 x 63 cm. . Photographer Michele Panzeri

Ludovica Gioscia, Red, 2011. Make-up ads on museum board, paper, and starch paste (framed work), 84 x 63 cm. . Photographer Michele Panzeri

Ludovica Gioscia, Yellow, 2011. Make-up ads on museum board, paper, and starch paste (framed work), 84 x 63 cm. . Photographer Michele Panzeri