Nina Bovasso Sala 1 Roma

“It is my approach to create things from nothing that I really enjoy”

On Wednesday March 29th 2017, there is the opening of «Intertwining of colors» (www.salauno.com) at 6:00 pm at Sala 1 Centro Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea. This is the very first personal exhibition by Nina Bovasso (www.ninabovasso.com), in cooperation with Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York.

This is a great chance to marvel at this New Yorker’s works, already described as mnemonic reference to Malevich simple style and Ryman’s shades by Virgil de Voldere.

Nina Bovasso - Color Pile, 2016 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas41.91 x 58.42 x 5.08 cm - Courtesy of Sala 1 Rome

Nina Bovasso – Color Pile, 2016 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas 41.91 x 58.42 x 5.08 cm – Courtesy of Sala 1 Rome

Nina Bovasso was born and raised in New York, in 1992 she attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. Subsequently, she attended Skowhegan School of Art finishing her education with a Belle Art Master at Bard College. Since 2000, her works have been displayed internationally and she has been awarded many times with: Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Artist Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship e Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Nina Bovasso, White Pastry, 2016 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm - Courtesy of Sala 1 Roma

Nina Bovasso, White Pastry, 2016 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm – Courtesy of Sala 1 Roma

Nina started her painting career making references to her father’s abstract style and her mother’s graphic drawings as she used to work as fabric designer. This reference points have led her style towards a complex and refined evolution expressed in subtle but strong works. The white canvas is made of cardboard whose uneven surface gives countless possibilities to fragment and reassemble the images.

Nina Bovasso, Colored Chevrons and Balls, 2015 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas, 27.94 x 35.56 cm – Courtesy of Sala 1 Roma

Nina Bovasso, Colored Chevrons and Balls, 2015 Acrylic paint and cardboard mounted on canvas, 27.94 x 35.56 cm – Courtesy of Sala 1 Roma

« Her last works are cuts of colors shaping from her palette with harmonious shades of colors. Her white works illustrate intertwining of shapes: natural shapes, lines which are cut by ordinary cardboards and fixed on a chalk canvas. Every single shape, intertwined in a mix up of edgy grids, seems to be fighting with the ones around to prevail in the painting. Just like in a real performance, it performs for the audience by testing its expressive strength clashing with the others. Behind the scenes of Ms Bovasso’s manipulation of the space, there are mixture of historical awareness and an eager self-assuredness. This audacious act, an uneven absence, cannot decrease the intensity and sharpness of the composition. Her moves, as hard as a rock, are straight and exhilarating. Nina is a tough lady and we can only be enchanted by her». (Virgil de Voldere, gennaio 2016)

Article by Loriana Pitarra

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati