FRIEZE OPEN HOUSE @LimeWharf with Mattia Bosco & Natalie White
Saturday 19 Oct
FRIEZE OPEN HOUSE @LimeWharf
After years as a model and muse for some of the most revered visual artists alive, in particular Peter Beard who put her on the world stage, Natalie Whiteexhibits for the first time her own controversial and genuine works. Multiple exposure shots of herself in complete nudity without cheats and filters, executed by herself, create a sense of proximity with the person rather than the flesh. Intriguingly unpornographic, her giant unframed Polaroids are singular and unique prints never to be reproduced. Natalie is a complete artist, taking risks and doing everything herself, such that the full cycle of production is raw and honest unlike much of what fashion cultivates. Natalie White’s series ‘We Are Me’ is an exploration of selfness and hybridity. A similar series was shown in New York recently at the Rox Gallery ‘Who shot Natalie White’ retrospective of 25 famed talents who have had a stab at portraying her.
“More Siren than Muse, more Muse than model, her look, her odd beauty, her song, are all irresistibly sweet, an appeal hard to resist. Yield to it, oh sailor, oh traveler of the seas, oh bon vivant of the world, oh artist in search of her, she is calling you. Answer her. The outcome will not end badly. Joy and delight the only consequence. For this Siren’s songs are of knowledge, inspiration, prosperity and friendship. Rejoice and fear not. Strand yourself upon her shores.” – Gregory de la Haba, curator of Who Shot Natalie White
Raised in Canada, now living and working in Europe, Robert Leslie is an artist of genuinely humane sensibilities, as his recent photographic work illustrates. With a background in music and sound art, Robert has been focusing on photography for the past two decades and his images have appeared in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair, the New York Times and French Vogue. His creative output has covered photography, music composition, sound installation & video production. These disciplines were combined to create “Stormbelt”, the world’s ﬁrst self published, multimedia, ﬁne art photography book in late 2012. This body of work was a featured exhibition at Contact, the Toronto International Photography Festival in May 2012.
During 2013, Robert has exhibited at Somerset House & Christies in London & in August, the body of work was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2014. Prints from his US road trip project ﬁgure in several key private collections and in institutions such as the Navajo Nation Museum. His photographic career has brought him to over 35 countries covering social, cultural and historical subjects. Over the last decade, Robert has been active with the organisations Ted.com, World Science Festival & the National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts, NGOs/organisations UNICEF, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the National Teacher awards, the Positive View Foundation, Foundation Rwanda, the Skoll World Forum, Bezos Family Foundation, the Tusk Trust, and Architecture For Humanity. www.leslieimage.com
Mattia Bosco is an Italian artist-philosopher practicing through the mediums of design and sculpture.
After studying philosophy, he now devotes himself to sculpture, working with all kinds of materials but with a special inclination towards stone and ceramic. Mattia views his sculptural works as experiments in method and forms that make up part of his longer-term research in how crafts embody time quests. The material he is concentrating on at the moment is stone, because of its formal impact as a material. Mattia uses abandoned pieces of stone that he has stumbled across, never blocks from quarries and tries to mimic the work done by time, by erosion, by nature. In doing so he attempts to repossess the stone’s life by taking it to a different level while at the same time attempting to become just one of the agents that affect the stone, the penultimate in a purely chronological sense. He locates the sculptural potential in a stone and works on it so that the part he doesn’t manipulate, almost seems to be more sculpted than the rest. “Working with my hands and my mind, I find something human in a piece of stone and something stone-like in myself. Every stone becomes anthropomorphic, not because it assumes a human appearance – there are no noses, eyes, hands, legs – but because you identify a human presence inside it…”
“The rough, unworked portions seem, paradoxically, to draw the eye more than the shiny, highly polished ones, as if to suggest that nature is the highest art, and the sole role of art is the emphasis truth” – Marco Tagliafïerro
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Oct . 19 . 2013