About

“The search for lightness as a reaction to the weight of life,” wrote Italo Calvino in “six proposals for the next millennium”, best known as “American Lessons”. Even if the reference is abused, is what I immediately thought in seeing the stimulants paintings of Martina Roberts. With fresh genuineness, this flâneuse of everyday life, enchanted by the particular lover of the most empty of full, attentive to a balanced composition that balances sparse backgrounds and subtle but vibrant chromaticity, seems to want to lead to a different world, a world that apparently no longer belong to us, as we are crushed by the the weight of an heavy existence with apparently no way out. E ‘then a warning, perhaps an invitation to deprive us of our armor, to wear clothes more light (in the wake of a great twentieth-century tradition, such as Mirò and Klee, Calder, Melotti), to get involved with small things and the essence of the human, to cast his gaze over the obstacle, to a world of clear transparency, dreamy, magical balance, even between “networks” and “shop window” of fascinating city streets. But there is a world enchanted properly, and if in part it seems, is still, like every fairy tale, full of appearances, of ambiguous seduction, perhaps of looming threat. A simple cup seems pressed by his own shadow as the minutes almost made clothes inconsistent by subtle textures, small sticks colored trigger flames, trees have trunks improbable as thin copper wires precisely Like Melotti, clouds cry like hearts in pain and those English titles mentioned above are influenced by their ironic duality. Although it is true that the glass with its light weight (but also those watercolors so mild, diluted, who seem ready to dissolve – or even to react, see the jellyfish -) could be the stuff of which dreams are made, it is also undeniable its fragility, the precarious existence hanging on the blade of a clumsy gesture or in a capricious wind. As Laura in the admirable drama “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, Roberts builts her world of Glass, but unlike that does not indulge in a sterile intimacy and destined to disappointment, but gives vent to her poétic inspiración, apparently infant, happily stimulated by her time, from what surrounds her and involves also to remind us of our fragility, the always possible crushing of our being, as happens to that little mythical unicorn that Laura gave to whom for a moment she believed could be her salvation.

Franco Gordano

 

Biography

Martina Roberts was Born in Torbay – UK 1970, lives in Bologna IT

1995 Graduated Academy of Fine Arts, Ravenna IT
1993  Erasmus at Bristol University UK

Solo exhibition

2017   Departures, curated by Esperanza Durán, Fondazione Frax, Albir · Alicante ES
2016   <Head> Liquid </Head>, curated by Flavio Marziano e Adriana Mazzitelli, Factory, Bologna IT
2015   The Journey, curated by Cecilia J. Etcheverry, Museu d’Art Ajuntament Vell, Calpe -Alicante ES
2015   Silk and Glass, Pagineadarte, Biblioteca “Maria Gioia”, Cervia (RA) IT
2009   L’immagine e la parola, Libreria Ubik, curated by Franco Gordano and Pier Luigi Pedretti, Cosenza IT
2009   Martina Roberts – Serena Piccinini, Ina Assitalia, curated by Caterina Morelli,  Bologna IT
2009   Flowers, Vertigo – Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza IT

Group exhibitions

2018   Invasioni, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Maria Rosa Pividori, Museo Villa Rendano of Cosenza and Palazzo Comunale di Grimaldi (CS) IT
2017   Selvatico [DODICI]. FORESTA. Pittura Natura Animale, curated by Massimiliano Fabbri, Museo civico San Rocco, Fusignano (RA) IT
2017   Attraversamenti, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Maria Rosa Pividori, Palazzo Comunale di Grimaldi (CS) IT
2016   Il cinema e lo sguardo degli altri, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Maria Rosa Pividori, Galleria Quintocortile (MI) and Palazzo Comunale, Grimaldi (CS) IT
2016   Il cinema e lo sguardo degli altri, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Maria Rosa Pividori, Museo Mam, Cosenza (CS) IT
2015   #MACROego, contest inside the exhibition EgosuperEgoalterEgo curated by Claudio Crescentini, Macro – Roma IT
2015   Il cinema e lo sguardo degli altri, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Maria Rosa Pividori, Casale della Cinematografia, Marzi (CS) e Palazzo Comunale di Grimaldi (CS) IT
2015   Disseminazione, curated by Gino Gianuizzi e Anteo Radovan, Casabianca (BO) IT
2015   Disegni scelti dall’archivio – Drawings Storage 2012-2015, curated by Giovanna Sarti, MartinaRoberts and Marta Zanoni, Goethe-Zentrum, Bologna IT
2015   Floors for Artist, curated by GGD di Parma, Castello di Felino, Parma IT
2015   Guglia, curated by Ghislain Mayaud, Vertigo – Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza  IT
2014   Selvatico.Tre, Museo Luigi Varoli, curated by Massimiliano Fabbri, Cotignola (RA) IT
2014   Biennale Disegno Rimini – Cantiere Disegno/Drawings Storage curated by Giovanna Sarti, Rimini IT
2012   Rebirth-Day, installazione at Spazio Grisù, Ferrara
2012  100 Curators 100 Days, (online) project by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Gallery Director, London, selection Matthias Harder, curator of  Helmut Newton Foundation  of Berlin DH
2011   La formazione dell’Uno, curated by Fabio De Chirico, Mimma Pasqua and Franco Gordano, Vertigo – Centro Internazionale di Arti Visive, Cosenza IT
2011   La formazione dell’Uno, curated by Fabio de Chirico, Mimma Pasqua and Franco Gordano, Galleria Nazionale di Cosenza IT
2010   Ascolta il passo breve delle cose, tribute to the poetess Alda Merini, Museo dei Brezzii e degli  Enotri,  curated by Franco Gordano, Mimma Pasqua and Cristina Rossi, Cosenza IT
2010   Viaggio nella poesia di Alda Merini, curated by Mimma Pasqua, Cristina Rossi, Franco Gordano – Vertigo Arte, Biblioteca Sormani, Milano 2010 IT
2010  Tornare@itaca, Mudima Foundation, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Franco Gordano,  Milano IT
2010   Tornare@itaca, viaggio nella poesia di Lorenzo Calogero e Alda Merini, Palazzo Comunale di Grimaldi, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Franco Gordano, Cosenza IT
2010   La scena dell’incontro, theater performance, ITC Teatro, Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna IT
2009   Tornare@itaca, Museo dei Brezzii e degli Enotri, curated by Mimma Pasqua and Franco Gordano, Cosenza IT
2009   Il festino degli Dei, diciotto sapori d’Artista, curated by Angela Sanna, Open Space,  Catanzaro, Vertigo Gallery, Cosenza, Sukiya Gallery , Lamezia Terme IT
2008   A “Rivocati 63”, Vertigo, Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza IT
2002   Exit 4, Studio Pla, a cura di Monica Miretti e Ass. Culture C. Voltaire, Bologna IT
2000   In che verso va il mondo, Centro di Poesia Contemporanea, curated by Asa Hagberg-Lundell, Bologna IT
2000   Arte nel Ghetto, Studio Pla’, curated by Maria Livia Brunelli, Bologna IT
1997   En Plain Air, Campo delle Fragole, Bologna IT
1996   Umano troppo umano, Studio Ercolani, curated by Maura Pozzati (with Giovanni Manfredini and Antonio Violetta) Bologna IT
1995   Primaparete, Lions Club, Milano IT
1994   Invito a leggere per un’esposizione, Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna IT

 

Catalogs

Invasioni – Tornare@itaca XII, Cosenza, IT, 2018

Departures, Fondazione Frax, Albir, ES, 2017

Selvatico [DODICI]. FORESTA. Pittura Natura Animale, Cotignola (RA) IT, 2017

Attraversamenti, Palazzo Comunale di Grimaldi (CS) IT, 2017

Il cinema e lo sguardo degli altri,  Museo Mam, Cosenza (CS) IT, 2016

The Journey, Museu D’Art, Ayuntament Vell, Calpe (Alicante) ES, 2015

Drawings Storage, Goethe Institut, Bologna IT, 2015

Selvatico.Tre. Una testa che guarda, Cotignola (RA) IT, 2014

La formazione dell’Uno, 150 artisti per l’Unità d’Italia, Galleria Nazionale di Cosenza, Ed. Vertigoarte IT, 2011

Tornare@itaca, Viaggio nella poesia di Lorenzo Calogero e Alda Merini, Museo dei Brezzii e degli Enotri, Vertigoarte, Cosenza IT, 2010

Tornare@itaca, Museo dei Brezzii e degli Enotri, Ruberanno Editore, Catanzaro IT, 2009

Il festino degli Dei, diciotto sapori d’artista, Fratelli Gigliotti Editori, Cosenza IT, 2009

Exit 4, Studio Pla’, Bologna IT, 2000

Umano troppo umano, Studio Ercolani, Bologna IT, 1996

Primaparete, Lions Club, Milano IT, 1995

 

Public collection

Fondazione Frax, Albir · L’Alfàs del Pi (Alicante, Spagna) – 2017

Casale della Cinematografia, Marzi – Cosenza IT – 2016

Art Museum Ajuntament Vell, Calpe (Alicante) ES – 2015

 

Collaboration in projects:

2015 – The History of painting revisited, internet project, on forgotten or underestimated women-painters in history, initiated by Katrin Plavcak, Caro Bittermann, Claudia Zweifel

http://thehistoryofpaintingrevisited.weebly.com/VanessaBell  by Martina Roberts

From  2014 – Drawings Storage – Drawings archive by Giovanna Sarti

www.drawingstorage.tumbrl.com