Ashes to Ashes
City- 06.11.09 - 12.12.09Antonio Riello
Likening this metamorphosis to the cycle of life, death and rebirth, Riello believes that both he and our culture need to change radically. The act of burning his treasured texts, thereby destroying the formative aspects of his psyche, is symbolic of the painful yet necessary necessity to reinvent our cultural benchmarks. Burning past influences does not destroy histories or memories, however, but memorialises their indelible traces in our minds. The beautifully crafted urns preserve the pages from Riello’s past in a useless yet eternal form: precious and important ashes that, like holy relics, deserve veneration and respect but cannot touched.
The urns were hand crafted by the famous Italian glass blower, Massimo Lunardon, an artisan that magically tamed the glass urns exactly as required, turning Riello’s ideas and sketches into uniquely personal memorials.
Antonio Riello describes himself as, ‘An ideas tamer. One of those who normally feed themselves in the contemporary art pasture.’ He lives and works in Marostica and Milano, Italy and Schlerigna, Switzerland.