Upcoming Exhibition — Carmelo Midili: Fragments

Carmen Midili

Carmel0 Midili, One, No one and One Hundred Thousand, wood, discarded paintings on canvas panel, pumice, 24 x 26 x 5″, 2012

Carmelo Midili: Fragments
Center Gallery
December 4-29, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5-7:30 pm
SoWa Holiday Stroll: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 4-9pm

BOSTON, MA – November 2013, Kingston Gallery is pleased to present Carmelo Midili’s exhibit Fragments, in its Center Gallery from December 4-29, 2013. A reception for the public will be held in the gallery on Friday December 6, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Carmelo Midili’s works are three-dimensional objects made from discarded paintings collected from art school dumpsters in New York City over the last six years. He creates a supporting structure from wood and gives the pieces their ultimate form by cutting and shaping these discarded painting onto canvas panels and gluing them together.

His practice of recycling artwork by other artists is unique, and he is intrigued by every painting; each one carries its own history, reflecting the artist who condemned his or her painting to the trash. The anonymous history of these disposed paintings is fascinating and it gives Midili great pleasure to revive them and give them a new life. They become reconfigured assemblages and new paintings simultaneously.

He says that “The practice of recycling works also stems from my reflections on the concept of failure. Failure in development – not only as artists, but also as human beings – is an essential step for growth. I like celebrating the process of development by reviving these abandoned paintings and paying homage to the artists’ failures.”

Carmelo Midili is an Italian artist who has lived and worked in New York since 2005. Midili has exhibited widely both across the United States and abroad. He has held residency fellowships at: Takt Kunstprojektraum Berlin, Weir Farm Art Center, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Sculpture Space. He is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Xavier Gonzales and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant, and the Nessa Cohen Grant. Midili earned a degree in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic University,Turin and subsequently went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, as well as The Art Students League in New York.

Showing in the Main Gallery: Mira Cantor: Meltwater

Showing in the Members’ Gallery: Mary Lang: Inhabitants

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