February 2017_by Federica Tattoli
Milan, a nice yard near Navigli, a young and clever design gallery established by two cool girls - Beatrice Bianco and Valentina Lucio - that presents objects that lives on the thin edge between art and design. Into that beautiful place the stunning glass lights by the artist Paolo Gonzato are like the cherry on top of a whipped cream cake.
"The BARACCHE project is a suggestion by the instantaneous architectures at the edge of the road and by bric-à-brac constructions. BARACCHE as a souvenir of the ring road, ephemeral plastic buildings to demolish, corrugated iron roofs and industrial irons. Volumes affected by inaccurate choices, not taken, all to involuntary, random shapes, never equal to themselves. Unique pieces by necessity, grotesque and fascinating. A shock of brutalism and ruins of the commercial mall, without possibility of choice but only acceptance of its own cliché. BARACCHE is the semantic reduction of a house to a caricature."
Paolo Gonzato lives in Milan, where he has a house and studio. His work is across the board, referred to the design and the production, in this area he is creative director of the project «Lollipop» for Apalazzo Gallery. His works are presented in private and public collections, having participation in national andinternational exhibitions. At the moment he participates in an overview of Italian painting in China at the Peninsula Art Museum Weihai, Shandong, and «This is today» on display at the Pirano’s Civic Gallery and at the Portorose’s Monfort (Slovenia). In the past he had collaborations such as «No Soul For Sale» at the Tate Modern in London and projects at the Art Biennale, Biennale of Architecture in Venice and the Biennale Berlin.He has been selected for a Japanese government program, «Japan Brand», with a residence in Tokyo. He has held workshops and participated in publishing projects. He has independent curatorial experiences in participating in numerous projects under the non-profit. For Fiorucci Art Trust and others, he developed performance/dj set and various site-specific interventions. In occasion of Operae 2016 - Turin, Camp Design Gallery presented part of the collection BARACCHE, realized by the artist in collaboration with Cristal King glassware.
Camp is a contemporary design gallery founded in Milan - Navigli district- by Beatrice Bianco and Valentina Lucio, young gallery owners passionate of aesthetic research. Camp Design Gallery researches and promotes new young talents in contemporary collectible design. The concept of camp is an intellectual effort to create “critical texts“ through design works, designed as a vehicle for a new culture of beauty. It is also a way of perception of the art of design and its movement through an ironic sensibility. The aim of the gallery is to evolve as an incubator of new ideas on contemporary “design expression” through the creation of unique pieces and limited editions in collaboration with the most innovative designers, artists and architects, Italian and international. This research is mainly accompanied by a dialectic which sees the design projects materializing in sculptures by traditional Italian craftsmanship.
Ph. Federico Floriani