Exhibition Opening & Concert: Nocentini, Lastraioli, Sciannimanico

Spring 2017

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 pm  ~ Multimedia event Dolcezza porge e gran diletto in the SACI Gallery (in Palazzo dei Cartelloni) that includes sculptures by SACI 3D Area Head Lisa Nocentini and a concert of Renaissance music by SACI Sound Art instructor and lutenist Gian Luca Lastraioli and vocalist Lucia Sciannimanico. Direction and lighting by John Hoenig.

The mixed media sculptures will be on display from January 5 until February 7.

This multimedia event that combines visual art and music, presents an installation of ceramic and mixed media sculptures created by Lisa Nocentini counterpointed by a live performance of Renaissance music performed by lutenist Gian Luca Lastraioli and mezzosoprano Lucia Sciannimanico.

The gallery space and the positioning of the pieces of the installation allow the musical performers to interact both physically and symbolically with the sculptures thus creating a theatrical dimension that brings the sculpted characters to life.

The starting point of the project, originally commissioned by The Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista, are ten arias and madrigals for lute and voice composed in the late 16th century by the Florentine musician Cosimo Bottegari: a brilliant musical entertainer (at times ironic and facetiously erotic, at times irresistibly comical, at times passionately dramatic) Bottegari, almost a Renaissance stand-up comedian, was also one of the main figures  at the service of the Medici Court around the end of the 16th century.

The 3-D installation by Lisa Nocentini consists of ten earthenware sculptures, each one inspired by the characters and the situations described in the texts of the arias and of the madrigals by Bottegari performed for this occasion: mythological creatures, humanized deities, animals, Arcadian shepherds, sorrowful damsels, comical warriors and so on. The mixed media sculptures are imbued with a poetic vision characterized by subtle ironic references and disturbing dream-like reflections.

Dolcezza porge e gran diletto offers to its audience an opportunity to take part in an event that challenges the viewer/listener with visions and sounds that belong to perceptual spheres and historical settings that are only apparently far apart.