Abstract Zone

A studio for two artists: Andrea Sampaolo & Sergio Angeli




From an idea of Sergio Angeli and Andrea Sampaolo

Curated by Silvia Colasanto



A studio for two artists, a place - the Abstract Zone of the title - where you can access freely during Rome Art Week to see with your hands and touch the works of Sergio Angeli and Andrea Sampaolo with your eyes. Both, with different languages and techniques, adopt the abstract form to convey research and experimentation, exploiting the two-dimensional nature of the media with an increasingly different and autonomous attitude and development. On Saturday, October 14th the Abstract Zone will be the stage for the distinct and separate performances of Angels and Sampaolo, moments wrapped in improvised and improvised sound carpets like the gestures of the two painters.

At 5.30 pm and for about half an hour, the first performance will take place. Sergio Angeli with the fabric on the ground, one look at Jackson Pollock and another at the needs of the material he uses for his works, will exploit the potential of objects that are now part of his post-industrial and post-human imaginative vocabulary. Disposable mechanical components alternate with slender hair skeins used as three-dimensional stencils which, thanks to the varnishes, let them drip or spray on top, deposit the disturbing traces of their passage on the canvas. The electric guitarist Grumvalski will follow Angeli's work with Liberty/Infinity, an experimental composition developed specifically for the event.

At 7 pm, and always for half an hour, Andrea Sampaolo's performance will go on stage, which includes, mirroring the first one, a musical stock of explicit electro-jazz connections thanks to the collaboration with the group D' EEA (voice Barbara Eramo, dj Antonello Aprea, sinth and keyboards Alberto Rossetti). Sampaolo will face the challenge with his usual working tools (brushes, spatulas and sprays) in search of a shape, a sign and a content that with totally unpredictable and almost independent modalities from the artist will find their right dimension on the virgin support. The present is the gesture, the future is the completed work of art, the past - next - is the historic American forge of Street Art and Action Painting.

Two visions, that of the two painters, united in the name of abstractionism but profoundly different. If Sampaolo is dynamic, physical, almost impetuous, Angeli is perhaps compassed, certainly poetic. With their shoulders to the public and eyes glued to the material to be transformed, the two artists feed on the adrenaline that they release and that the occasion requires, in an imponderability that neither can predict, but that is forced to govern.

A week and an evening to bring people closer to art and squadernare expectations with surprises that will be experienced, because revealed, only during the afternoon of happenings. An afternoon to communicate the pleasure of creative manifestation in an intimate and private place such as the studio. A pleasure that comes from the realization and at the same time from observing and understanding.



Project by Sergio Angeli, Andrea Sampaolo

curated by Silvia Colasanto

14th October from 5.00 p. m. to 10.00 p. m.

c/o Sampaolo Atelier

Via Gina Mazza, 9 Rome 


Artists not present in this edition