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Gaia Persico
updated: 01/06/2012
website: www.gaiapersico.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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A Tuesday morning in Long Beach
Closed Circuits
Sofitel Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Room 1511, Thu, Jun 1, 2006, 0:06.
Excelsior Hotel, Hong Kong, Room 1812, Mon, Mar 13, 2006, 21:25.
Sofitel Hotel, Shanghai, China, Room 1411, Wed, Aug 2, 2006, 16:08.
The Homage
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here (Detail)
Bangkok, Thailand
Sydney, Australia
San Francisco, USA
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet
Hotel Room
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, domestic, site-specific, books, narrative, documentary, autobiographical, landscape, urban
 
 
A Tuesday morning in Long Beach by Gaia Persico
A Tuesday morning in Long Beach
Duratran mounted on LED panel
2011
30 " x  24 "  x 1 " 
Closed Circuits by Gaia Persico
Closed Circuits
Animations, monitors and CCtv office furniture
2010
Dimensions variable
Sofitel Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Room 1511, Thu, Jun 1, 2006, 0:06. by Gaia Persico
Sofitel Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Room 1511, Thu, Jun 1, 2006, 0:06.
Digital Drawing
2006
Dimensions variable
Excelsior Hotel, Hong Kong, Room 1812, Mon, Mar 13, 2006, 21:25. by Gaia Persico
Excelsior Hotel, Hong Kong, Room 1812, Mon, Mar 13, 2006, 21:25.
Digital Drawing
2006
Dimensions variable
Sofitel Hotel, Shanghai, China, Room 1411, Wed, Aug 2, 2006, 16:08.  by Gaia Persico
Sofitel Hotel, Shanghai, China, Room 1411, Wed, Aug 2, 2006, 16:08.
Digital Drawing
2006
Dimensions variable
The Homage by Gaia Persico
The Homage
Animation, Portable DVD Player, Shed Model and Plinth
2007
68" x  14"  x 12" 
Wish You Were Here by Gaia Persico
Wish You Were Here
Postcards, Shelves and Mirrors
2005 and ongoing
Dimensions variable
Wish You Were Here (Detail) by Gaia Persico
Wish You Were Here (Detail)
Postcards, Shelves and Mirrors
2005 and ongoing
Dimensions variable
Bangkok, Thailand by Gaia Persico
Bangkok, Thailand
Biro on Hotel Paper
2006
12" x  8.4" 
Sydney, Australia by Gaia Persico
Sydney, Australia
Biro on Hotel Paper
2002
5.6" x  3.8" 
San Francisco, USA by Gaia Persico
San Francisco, USA
Biro on Hotel Paper
2006
6" x  4" 
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania  by Gaia Persico
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Biro on Hotel Paper
2004
6" x  4" 
Lonely Planet by Gaia Persico
Lonely Planet
Book (Collection of 450 Drawings)
2002 and ongoing
7.4" x  5.2"  x 2" 
Lonely Planet by Gaia Persico
Lonely Planet
Book (Collection of 450 Drawings)
2002 and ongoing
7.4" x  5.2"  x 2" 
Hotel Room by Gaia Persico
Hotel Room
Installation at East International, Norwich Gallery, UK
2002
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
The images I create are all direct descendants of real life observations made whilst travelling. Drawings are done on-situ from cityscapes viewed sitting by the window of the hotel room I happen to find myself in. They are made either with a laptop or with ready-made materials: biros and hotel papers found lying around the room.

'Snapshots' of the urban, metropolitan infrastructures and sprawls that crowd the field of vision are the subjects of my annotations. The drawings are succinct, stripping away any surplus information and aim at extrapolating the essential, giving an ambivalent image of the city. The human presence is implied rather than actually seen, within an amassing of air-conditioning vents, fire escapes, pylons, piping, television aerials, satellite dishes, elevator shafts, staircases and architectural details.

These views from the antipodes of the planet have a common perspective that links them together: they reveal details that the distracted traveller might have missed in his rush to see tourist sights highlighted in tourist guides. The interest lies not in the location exoticisms but in seeing the beauty of the non-monumental and the understated. They draw on every city dweller voyeurism, daydreaming and 'lost' time spent behind a window looking onto the passing world outside.

Sometimes re-worked at a later stage, the images can be transformed into animations, three-dimensional objects and installations. I use quotidian materials that do not usually find themselves in a gallery space, often processed via digital means, which give flexibility in formatting the final product. These small scale items, doodle like drawings and ephemeral computer paintings suggest, through their own precarious existence, their anthropomorphism and humour, the pathos, frailty and often hilarity of life.

Artist Bio / CV

Born 1972 in Rome, Italy.

Lives and works in London.

 

Education

2000 - 2002 MA Painting, Wimbledon School of Art, UK.

 

Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

2010 Urban Origami, PM Gallery & House, London 2 July - 29 August.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Transient residence, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales.

2008 The Tower and the well, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London.

2007 Gaia Persico, ‘In Focus’ space, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys, Wales,

2006 Gaia Persico, Oriel Studio 8 Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009, Jerwood Space, London

        4th International Drawing Competition, Municipal Museum of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland.

       Cream, International Festival for the Arts and Media, Yokohama.

       Paper City: Urban Utopias, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

             Who is Telling the Story, Kadirga Kültür Merkezi, 1st International Artist Initiatives Istanbul

          Meeting, Turkey

       Unsound Practice, Dutch Kills Gallery, New York.

        Atlas: Separated by Intervals, The Crypt Gallery, London.

2008 Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London.

         Concrete Dreams, APT Gallery, London.

         RE:drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales.

         If you Build It, They Will Come, g39, Cardiff.

         Shot By the Sea, Hastings Film Festival, Electric Palace Cinema.

2007 Isobar, Fieldgate Gallery, London.

         Innocence and Despair, g39, Cardiff.

         Alternative Possible World, AirVideo, AirSpace, Stoke-on-Trent.

         Pilot:, Pilot Archives at La Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa, during La Biennale di Venezia.

2006 Blink, Gasworks, London.

         Houses in Motion, Fieldgate Gallery, London.

         Sensuous Panorama, Lounge, London.

2005 PILOT:2, Farmiloes Building, London.

         taking a line for a walk, The Place, Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth.

2004 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Tredegar House, Newport.

         A Travelling Show, ADi Projects, London.  

2003 To All the Lovers and Sweethearts We Will Never Meet, House Gallery, London.

2002 Paint, fa projects, London.

         East International 2002, Norwich Gallery, Norwich.

 

 Awards

2010 Arts Council of England, funding for Closed Circuits installation

2008 Overall first prize winner of Oriel Davies Open 2008, Oriel Davies Gallery.