Ludovica Gioscia

The Tenderness of Insects

12 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
VITRINE, Basel

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, The Tenderness of Insects, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Temporal Tablet 7, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: 90’s photos, c-print tests, interfacing fabric, screenprinted wallpaper, coffee, distilled affection, natural pigments, Bach flowers, newspapers, magazines, India ink, crepe paper, acrylic paint, screenprinting ink, metal, screenprint from 2005, hessian fabric, wallpaper paste and pva glue in oak frame. Framed: 75 x 63.5 x 9 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Temporal Tablet 6, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: 90’s photos, c-print tests, interfacing fabric, coffee, distilled affection, natural pigments, Bach flowers, newspapers, magazines, India ink, crepe paper, screenprint from 2005, hessian fabric, wallpaper paste and pva glue in oak frame. Framed: 65.5 x 46.5 x 9 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Aura 1 & Aura 2, 2019. Watercolour on watercolour paper in oak frame. Each framed work measures 31.5 x 24 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Sunday Mowing, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: grass, newspaper, natural pigments, India ink, crepe paper, wallpaper paste and pva glue on inked screenprinting screen. 85 x 75 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Heinz, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: Heinz’s folder dividers, Mary’s hand made paper, leaves from the Generous Oak, algae, wood, newspaper, natural pigments, India ink, crepe paper, napkins, wallpaper paste and pva glue on screenprinting screen. 63.5 x 53.5 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts For Trees, 2019. Ceramic, wood, paper, wool, twine and paper mache made from pulps of: Mary’s hand made paper, natural pigments, newspapers, magazines, India ink, screenprinting ink, metal, wallpaper paste and pva glue in oak frame. 160 x 78 x 29 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts For Trees (detail), 2019. Ceramic, wood, paper, wool, twine and paper mache made from pulps of: Mary’s hand made paper, natural pigments, newspapers, magazines, India ink, screenprinting ink, metal, wallpaper paste and pva glue in oak frame. 160 x 78 x 29 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts For Trees (detail), 2019. Ceramic, wood, paper, wool, twine and paper mache made from pulps of: Mary’s hand made paper, natural pigments, newspapers, magazines, India ink, screenprinting ink, metal, wallpaper paste and pva glue in oak frame. 160 x 78 x 29 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Fields Of Charente, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: newspaper, commercial and cork wallpaper, 90’s photos, c-print tests, interfacing fabric, coffee, distilled affection, natural pigments, Bach flowers, newspapers, magazines, India ink, crepe paper, hessian fabric, glitter, acrylic paint, screenprinting ink, wallpaper paste, pva glue. 55 x 39 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, If The Skies Were Green, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: 90’s photos, Heinz’s folder dividers, Mary’s hand made paper, custom screenprinted wallpaper, natural pigments, India ink, crepe paper, napkins, wallpaper paste, pva glue, hessian fabric and dried flowers. 60 x 40 x 3 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Maria’s Dinners, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: commercial wallpaper, newspaper, crepe paper, distilled affection, Bach flowers, wallpaper paste, pva glue and metal. 51 x 31 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Feeling Green, 2019. Paper mache made from pulps of: Heinz’s folder dividers, Mary’s hand made paper, natural pigments, India ink, crepe paper, wallpaper paste and pva glue. 46 x 41 x 3 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts For Trees 3, 2019. Ceramic and twine. 53 x 32 x 6 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts For Trees 4, 2019. Ceramic and twine. 46 x 23 x 4 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Distilled Affection, 2019. Wool, tissue and crepe paper, branches, stones and fragments of tiles from Charente, algae. Two paper mache elements are made from pulps of: crepe paper, newspaper, distilled affection, Bach flowers, acrylic paint, screenprinting ink, wallpaper paste and pva glue. 43 x 84 x 45 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2, 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 2 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, wool, dried flower and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 1, 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, fragments of tiles and stones from Charente, dried flowers and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 1 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, fragments of tiles and stones from Charente, dried flowers and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 1 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, fragments of tiles and stones from Charente, dried flowers and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 1 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, fragments of tiles and stones from Charente, dried flowers and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Gifts for Trees 1 (Detail), 2019. Ceramic, paper mache, watercolour on watercolour paper, fragments of tiles and stones from Charente, dried flowers and screws. Dimensions variable. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nicolas Gysin.

Ludovica Gioscia, Generous Oak, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 275 x 122 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Generous Oak, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 275 x 122 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 20, 2019. Chocolate wrappers, wool, satin ribbons, dried grass, algae, birds’ nest, fabric, thread and metal pole. 232 x 120 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 20, 2019. Chocolate wrappers, wool, satin ribbons, dried grass, algae, birds’ nest, fabric, thread and metal pole. 232 x 120 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 19, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 234 x 120 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 19, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 234 x 120 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 21, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 231 x 122 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

Ludovica Gioscia, Portal 21, 2019. Fabric, thread and metal pole. 231 x 122 cm. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Jonathon Bassett.

 

VITRINE is delighted to announce Italian London-based artist Ludovica Gioscia’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland. Exploring a new dimension of Gioscia’s ‘Infinite Present’ ecosystem, the exhibition will bring together new works in ceramic, papier-mâché, fabric and found materials that reflect the rural landscape.

The ‘Infinite Present’ is Gioscia’s modus operandi, which reflects the new temporalities that have emerged within the digital revolution. It has led to a studio practice that is constantly being reconsidered and renegotiated, in which the past, present and future in nitely coexist. As such, Gioscia 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’s installations and sculptures have to-date explored the rich layering of cultural debris within our cities; for ‘The Tenderness of Insects’ she turns our attention to the intelligence of plants and their sophisticated ecosystems and networks of communication. 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. It therefore came naturally for her to look to the rural environment and the rich flora and fauna that surrounded her during a recent period of time spent on the grounds of La Boissière, Charente, in rural southwest France on the residency, Launch Pad LaB.

The traces of the artist’s collaborations and experiments with nature over this period are woven throughout this new body of work. Perhaps most evident within her new ceramics, in which the impressions of a 200-year-old oak tree’s bark is engraved into the surface of the local produced clay, in a process which the artist describes as ‘empathic frottages’. Fragments from the environment, including petals, dried grasses, branches, and drops of vibrational remedies, such as Bach flowers, make their way into other works in papier-mâché, wallpaper and fabric, further reflecting the fields and flowers in the area through her choice of colour palette.

‘The Tenderness of Insects’ will bring these new works together into a series of new site-responsive assemblages within VITRINE’s unique exhibition space located in a urban outdoor setting and viewable 24/7 from the public square. As we confront global warming, one of the most defining issues of our time, Gioscia brings the energy of a rural ecosystem into the gallery space, and more crucially the city. She encourages us to consider plants as intelligent beings and the healing properties that accompany them, and to turn to mother nature herself for guidance.

Special thanks to Launch Pad LaB.

Dedicated to Heinz, who loved trees.

 

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, at galleries and institutions including: Museo della Figurina, Fondazione Modena Art Visivie, Modena, IT; La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Blenio, CH; Creative Centre Osaka, Osaka, JP; Palazzo da Mosto, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, IT; MACRO, Rome, IT; Palazzo Fiano, Rome, IT; FuturDome, Milan, IT; The Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh, US; Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, US; Salon 94, The Flag Art Foundation, Allegra LaViola, NY, US; The Miro’ Foundation, Barcelona, ES; Jerwood Space, London, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; MNAC, Bucharest, RO; and Comfort Moderne, Poitiers, FR; Sothebys, London, UK.

Gioscia was selected for the third edition of the Launch Pad LaB Residency, France, 2019. 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. Her work is included in ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’, published by Thames and Hudson.

Gioscia currently has a solo show at VITRINE Basel, CH which runs until 12 January 2020 and has been included in the group show ‘Habitat’ at JGM Gallery, London, UK, running until 7 December 2019.