The OXO collection gallery in Barga Vecchia is it not just simply a series of wall spaces for completed work but is also promoting new work which will be exhibited outside of the gallery.
Part of the gallery space has now been turned over to a series of artist in residence who can experiment and produce work firmly in the public eye thanks to the position of the gallery in the main piazza in Barga Vecchia. The first artist in residence has been Fabrizio Da Prato who has been […]
It is sometimes very difficult to explain the reason behind making a particular series of paintings as the actual original reasons can be many and varied. Such is the case with the latest work -the Barga shrine paintings, but basically there were probably three main inputs to start this particular work.
Number one In July of 2014, a young motorcyclist, Fabio Aprili from Pieve Fosciana, lost his life after losing control of his Ducati motorcycle on a bend of the main road at the bottom of the valley at Acquabona. Ever since then there has been a bunch of plastic flowers attached to the guard rail […]
Rossano Emili - sax baritono clarinetto basso | | Luca Giovacchini - chitarra | Piero Orsi - batteria
Camporgiano, Garfagnana was the location for a collaboration between a group of musicians, artists and cooks on a project which last year saw the first event in front of an invited audience at Rio Cavo, a trattoria just outside Camporgiano. The percussionist and drummer Piero Orsi assembled three other musicians – all extremely well known […]
Fabrizio Da Prato and Keane first presented the #loveproject to the public back in 2015 at Isola Santa in Garfagnana (article here) It then became a central player in a conference held in Livorno on “the art of giving” and was presented to an audience of academics including professors from the University of Florence. The same […]
The project is actually very simple
An extremely ugly large reinforced concrete wall 6 metres high and 20 metres long in one of Barga’s prime public parks just below the medieval walled historic centre of the city. The project is to make this eye sore invisible as much as possible so that it blends into the natural scenery of the wooded […]
1983-1984 Toured Europe with own street theatre “Lord Lucan’s Travelling Box” Since 1985 Living and working in Italy as a painter 1991 Elected member of Fine Art Society, Florence, Italy 1992 With Fabrizio Da Prato and Tiziana Fontana formed “Artists at Work” 1996 started the first on line news site in Tuscany, Italy – barganews.com 1982 […]
The Love Project in the cradle of the Renaissance - The plan is to place two paintings in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free. This month: Siena starting from the Pretto Prosciutteria and finishing at the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena - the oldest surviving bank in the world.
The most conventional chapter in the saga of the Love Project was the exhibition that opened it — and even that had its unusual twists. On the 13th and the 14th of June last year, the well-known local artists Keane and Fabrizio da Prato inaugurated a joint exhibition of 100 paintings. The venue was not a gallery in Barga or Lucca, […]
The plan, says Keane, is to “place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free.”
The rub is that no one will be informed exactly where — or when — the gratis works will appear for the taking. The schedule will be stretched out over at least six months. If things go according to plan, the artists or their representatives will be on hand to watch what happens. Da Prato […]
Le "Città invisibili" di Keane in mostra a Barga - images by Giorgia Daruma Fuchs - sounds by Andrea Guzzoletti - exhibition organised by Lucia Morelli curatrice assieme alla critica Riccarda Bernacchi - video by Elisabetta Gianasi
Andrea Guzzoletti – Invisible Cities, the music project that had been gradually evolving for the past six years was released to the public on line on itunes and Amazon. The record is dedicated to the memory of the great musician Hector Zazou who tragically passed away in September 2008, and contains a previously unreleased live […]
The presentation is over - the #loveproject now begins in earnest.
Two weeks ago was the presentation of the #loveproject in the 13th century church in the long-deserted (and now slowly gentrifying) village of Isola Santa. Two large wooden structures were needed to house the 100 paintings by Fabrizio Da Prato and Keane. No nails could be put into the church walls and so some other […]
finally the doors were open on the church at Isola Santa and people could actually see first hand just what the project was all about
Il 13 e 14 giugno 2015, Love Project sarà presentato a Isola Santa (Careggine, Lucca), un antico borgo lambito dal piccolo omonimo lago e incastonato in una valle mozzafiato del Parco delle Alpi Apuane. Qui, nella sconsacrata chiesa medievale di S. Jacopo (XIII sec.), due grandi strutture lignee incorniceranno le 50 opere realizzate da ciascun […]
The plan is to place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free. - Keane and Fabrizio Da Prato
With less than two weeks to go to the presentation of the #loveproject in the 13th century church in the long-deserted (and now slowly gentrifying) village of Isola Santa, things are starting to take shape. Today work started on building the large wooden structures which will be need to house the 100 paintings by Fabrizio […]