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Artan Shalsi

un orizzonte

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20 October - 28 December 2012


As part of the close up project dedicated to young artists, Artan (Shalsi) has designed a work that takes up the whole back wall of the gallery’s lounge space, which he made it for especially, reinterpreting its structure, nature, and relationship with the light and the spectator.
Un orizzonte (a horizon),” according to the curator, “is the most complete example of the directions within the artist’s studies and the power of his ouevre, in terms of its impact on the environment and on the perception. This project combines all the crucial elements in Artan’s work. The possibility of a gaze that extends to the limits of vision, the space completely rewritten by the work, the presence of a balance at times – like in this case – stable, at others totally fragile and precarious, together with a particular type of vision and specific analysis of the materials.”
For the artist, the piece, a true environmental installation, is the expression of a clear intent: “this work,” says Artan, “does not represent the horizon in itself… it is a horizon, just one of an infinity of possible horizons. I don’t want to symbolise the horizon, but to close a horizon in a room.” Made from a particular plastic material, the surface of this work has been sullied by scratches and is open to collecting marks and traces, which are also an important indication of the piece’s openness to time. Indeed, from this viewpoint the two large curves that meet on the wall of the room offer the possibility of an unexpected close-up: in the presence of this work, the spectator will be faced with a literally tangible horizon, whose majesty, monumental value and image give the sense of a dimension of space and time that is mysterious, evocative, surprising and elusive.

Born in Berat - Albania - in 1970, after academic studies at "Xhindolli" Art School (1984 - 88), Artan (Shalsi) won in 1997 the first prize of the annual competition "Kodra '97" held at Gallery Edward Lear (Berat Albania), where he also had his first solo show in 1999.
After a short stay in Italy and Germany in 2000, he got in direct touch with the artistic and cultural European life, and this marked a decisive change in his work, until then very experimental.
In 2001 he exhibited at Frasherri Gallery (Fier, Albania), he took part to the importan Balcan Workshop again at the Gallery Edward Lear, and he was the winner, in the same gallery, of the second prize "Lear 02". In 2003 he moved permanently to Italy, to Parma, city where he lives today and where from 2006 he started his artistic collaboration with Galleria d'arte Niccoli, with which he realised several projects. Artan (Shalsi) re - reads the forms of classical sculpture using contemporary materials such as stainless steel or aluminium: in Pieghe, which becomes a way to read form, he researches the poeticity of sculptural language.
Motivated by his classical formation, he extracts and finds a connection between the aesthetic canons of Greek - Roman sculpture earlier and subsequently of Renaissance sculpture, and the inevitable influence of the artistic movements of the '900, summing up in his work the eleganze of Classicism and the cold vigour of contemporary minimalism.
From 2006 together with Galleria d'arte Niccoli, he exhibits regularly at the contemporary art fairs of Milan of Bologna, and several of his works in these years have already been acquired by important collectors.

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