Yeo Workshop is pleased to present GODSPEED, a forthcoming solo exhibition featuring latest works by Bali-based Italian artist Filippo Sciascia.
In his fourth solo exhibition in Singapore, and the first with the gallery, Filippo Sciascia presents new mixed media paintings inspired by the popular expression "Godspeed". Readdressing the meaning of this phrase as used in popular culture, GODSPEED sees Sciascia explore the term on a universal level, featuring works of various media and presented in disparate styles. Ranging from figurative, abstract, to minimalist works, this exhibition showcases the artist's diversified approach, demonstrating how a single concept or phrase can be examined in a multitude of ways, enabling Sciascia to investigate wider societal relations between art, nature, science and evolution in his work.
Sciascia reflects and inquires into the phraseology of "Godspeed", an expression commonly used to convey good wishes to someone embarking on a journey. As a non-native English speaker, Sciascia found this meaning to be peculiar, piquing his interest. Having always read it as two separate words "god speed", he interpreted it as the idea of God speeding up nature through the process of evolution. This dichotomy is something that has consistently been explored in the artist's work, with such interpretations already observable in his ongoing series, Lux Lumina. Extending from this series, Sciascia deconstructs pre-existing notions of the phrase "Godspeed" investigating this specifically through the evolutionary journey experienced by mankind.Whilst creating these works, Sciascia coincidently found himself in a self-reflexive position, retracing his own journey and personal evolution as an artist.
About the Artist
Filippo Sciascia (b. 1972, Italy) is an Italian artist based in Bali, Indonesia. He studied art at the Institute of Art, Nordio, Trieste and Fine Arts Academy, Florence, in Italy. He has had solo exhibitions in various venues in Italy, the USA and Southeast Asia such as National Archaeological Museum of Naples and National University of Singapore Museum.
Over many years, Sciascia has explored the pictorial tensions between painting and imaging technology of the new era, challenging the art of painting as a practice. Sciascia references light as a fundamental artistic device in his works across painting and sculpture His "Lux Lumina" project deals light in relation to the human condition, examining science, archeology, evolution of society since the beginning of man's history to the same pre- occupations in contemporary day. The myriad of his techniques are comprised of but not limited to painting, using melatonin powder and the natural leaf paste and green juice from leaves to create pigments, using cement and repurposing found objects amongst others.