Take Me Somewhere Nice, curated by Georgia Stephenson, opening Friday 18 September.
n Take Me Somewhere Nice, Maria Positano presents a new body of work made from recycled steel structures, selected by the artist during her site visits to salvage yards and scrap metal dealers. These steel structures have been shaped to resemble anthropological forms, and are coated with a variety of aged and malleable materials. A tar-coloured resin compound from the 1980’s, various waxes, acrylic nails andintricate gold gilding give a second lease of life to these once discarded items.
Positano is interested in metamorphoses, drawing on references to ancient Greeklegends. There’s Icarus, who famously flew too close to the sun but was also warned that a flight too close to the waves could also seal his fate. The story of the birth of Venus, an icon of beauty who was created from the combination of her father’s discarded genitalia and soapy sea scum. A running thread in Positano’s practice is the sourcing of neglected or abandoned materials, that can be elevated to a higherstatus, through the artist’s intervention.
Artist Website: https://www.mariapositano.org
Curator Website: https://stephensongeorgia.com
Maria Positano’s work generates from her intimate yearning to reach an understanding of the structures and dynamics that constitute the necessity to make. Positano was selected to be part of The Clyde and Co Art Award Scheme, 2018; The Young Talent Contemporary Ingram Collection Purchase Prize, 2018, and The Signature Art Prize Award, 2019. Her selected Solo and group exhibitions include: Making Meaning: The Monolith and the Object of Worship, Subsidiary Projects, 2018; I Tread on the steps You Left me, The Rectory Projects, 2019; One Need Not Be a Chamber, Exposed Arts Projects, 2018; Intermediaries, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 2017. The artist also won the City and Guilds London Art School Sculpture Award, 2018, and The Merlin Entertainments Madame Tussaud’s Project Fund Award, 2016. In 2017, the artist was selected to be part of the AKI Art School exchange and artist in residency project, organised by the artist Helen Frick. Recently completed a residency at RUC - Rural Residency for Contemporary Art and a month long residency at PADA Studios. Her work is included in a number of private collections.
MA Sculpture, Royal College of Arts, London (2020/2022)
BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Degree, City and Guilds of London Art School, London (2015/2018)
Making Meaning: The Monolith and the Object of Worship, curated by Natalia Gonzalez Martin, Subsidiary Projects, January, 2018. London UK
Summer Exhibition. Online at Fiumano-Clase Gallery. Curated by Francesca Fiumano. June - August 2020. London. UK
The Potion Room. Subsidiary Projects. Curated by Georgia Stephenson. February 2020. London, UK
Discoveries - The Biting Point. Fiumano-Clase Gallery, curated by Karen Tronel. February - March 2020, London, UK
EXH 1, online exhibition, Floor Magazine, November - December 2019. UK.
FIELD WORK, end of residency exhibition, PADA Studios. October 2019. Barreiro, PT
Bankley Gallery Open Call Shortlist Exhibition, The Bankley Gallery & Studios, October – November 2019, Manchester, UK
The Feeling’s Mutual, Sculpture Park, The Rectory Projects, October 2019, London, Uk
ODDS, Toma Project Space, curated by Jon Kipps, Angus McCrum, Robbie Fife. October – December 2019, The Royals Shopping Centre, Southend, UK
Rawlinson&Hunter Reception Artworks, Rawlinson&Hunter, September 2019 – September 2020, London, UK
I Tread on the steps You Left me, two person show, The Rectory Projects, May 2019, London, UK
The Take Courage Gallery Re – Launch Party, curated by Joshua Vaughan, in collaboration with Exchange Project, The Take Courage Gallery, April 2019, London, UK
The Signature Art Prize Finalists, curated and promoted by DegreeArt. Trinity Art Gallery, February – April 2019, London, UK
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, November 2018, London, UK
Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize, curated by Jo Baring, The Cello Factory, November 2018, London, UK
The Clyde and Co. Art Award, Clyde and Co., June 2018 – July 2019. London. UK
BA Degree Show, City and Guilds London Art School, June 2018, London, UK
ARENA Art Fair No.1., Arena Business Centre, 2018. London, UK.
Dimensions, Menier Gallery, March 2018, London, UK
UNFRAMED, Arena Business Centre, March 2018, London, UK
One Need Not Be a Chamber, curated by Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze, Exposed Art Project, January - March 2018, London, UK
Intermediaries’, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, June 2017, Enshede, NL
Interim Show, The Crypt Gallery, May 2017, London, UK
Interim Show, Old Diorama Arts Centre, May 2016, London, UK
C'Arte, Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, June 2015, Napoli, IT
Mostra Collettiva G30, SpazioUnderG, June 2015, Napoli, IT
PADA Studios. 1-month Residency. 4th October – 1st November 2019, Barreiro, PT
RUC – Rural Residency for Contemporary Art. Short Residency. 14th – 22nd June 2019. Val Camonica, IT
AKI University. Short exchange residency in partnership with City & Guilds of London Art School. Organized by artist Helen Frik; in collaboration with Rijksmuseum Twenthe. April 2017. Enschede, NL
Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa. Artist in residence at Incontri 'A scuola D'arte'Naples. Presentation of the work with following Q&A. April 2015. Naples, IT
Finalist, the Bankley Gallery Open Call Prize, 2019
Shortlisted, the ACS Studio Prize, 2019
Finalist, The Signature Art Prize, 2019
Finalist, The Ingram Collection Purchase Prize, 2018
Winner, The City and Guilds London Art School Sculpture Prize, 2018
Selected, the Clyde and Co Art Award Scheme, 2018
Shortlisted, the Acme City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award, 2018
Shortlisted, the Clyde and Co Blank Canvas Award, 2018
Winner, The Merlin Entertainments' Madame Tussauds Project Fund Award, 2017
Shortlisted, The Fishmongers’ Company Beckwith Sculpture Scholarship and Travel Award, 2017
Shortlisted, The Idun Ravndal Travel Award, 2017
Shortlisted, the Artists' Collecting Society Award, 2017
INTERVIEWS, PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
LONG RANGE STUDIO VISITS. Maria Positano + Nicole Shaver. PADA Studios. June 2020.
In conversation with Maria Positano. Interview during COVID 19. Assemblage Magazine. 17 April 2020 by Megan Elliott.
Feature on Assemblage Magazine. Features The Potion Room, Subsidiary Projects 2020. February 2020 by Assemblage Magazine.
Mention on .FAD Magazine. Features The Potion Room, Subsidiary Projects 2020.18 February 2020 by Hector Campbell
Mention on Evening Standard. Features Discoveries, Fiumano-Clase Gallery. Tuesday 21 January 2020 by Edwina Langley.
Directory Artist. Floor Magazine. 2019 -2020
Interview. Issue 20. Floor Magazine. 13 June 2019 by Isabel Sachs.
Exhibition Catalogue. Ingram Collection Purchase Prize. November 2018.
Exhibition Catalogue. Clyde & Co Art Award 2019 - 2019. September 2018
Mention on a.n The Artists Information Company. Freatures C&G of London Art School Degree Show 2018. 29 June 2018
ARTIST INTERVIEW: Maria Positano. Artpiq. 26 January 2018 by Katharina Wenzel-Vollenbroich.