StraightUp @ExtraDry

ExtraDry is an exhibition of video art born from the desire to draw contemporary art out from its usual expositive spaces and onto the walls at Dry, Via Solferino 33, and the new Dry, Viale Vittorio Veneto 28, in Milan.
Following the ExtraDry project curated by Peep-Hole for three editions from 2013-2016, CaseChiuse arrives at Dry with a new format and presents StraightUp@ExtraDry, an award for young artists. In step with the ideas of the founders of Dry, StraightUp@ExtraDry wants to give visibility to the creativity emerging from the extremely current research of young artists expressing themselves through video.

As well as giving visibility, the award is designed to support their future research by the assignment of three different awards and the acquisition of the winning work. The name “Straight Up” is a blend of English slang and bar vocabulary. It implies something honest and fresh that aims for the top, just like the synergy we wish to create between the award, the artists and their future.

Dry is defined by its strong contemporary feel. It offers the very best quality while remaining accessible and informal, making it an ideal location to exhibit video art and create a new kind of synergy between the work and the public. With the launch of StraightUp@ExtraDry and its commitment to art project since 2013, Dry proves once again that the space is ideal to exhibit videos and offers a chance to show contemporary art to a wider public. The selection committee for the StraightUp@ExtraDry award consists of Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi, the Invernomuto duo, and Paola Clerico, creator of CaseChiuse project.

The jury consists of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Artissima, Paolo Zani, founder of Galleria Zero, and two of Dry’s founders and art collectors Bernardo Attolico and Tiziano Vudafieri. Coordination and curatorial assistance by Ginevra D’oria. Each artist selected to participate will have to present at least three videos which will be projected at Dry Via Solferino and the new Dry Vittorio Veneto.
December 19th 2017- March 26th 2018 Paolo Brambilla
Paolo Brambilla is the third artist selected for StraightUp@ExtraDry. He has been chosen for his multidisciplinary artistic practice that makes use of speculative processes and formal permutations, assuming or distorting different formats of production and reproduction in order to address the infinite cycles of assimilation, dispersion and transformation of the cultural product.

Screenwriting and its narrative mechanisms have played a fundamental part in shaping and redefining the sense of pathos and imagination of the last generations. Especially in animation movies, narrative finds no limits to its possibilities of expression: everything that can be imagined can also be screened as long as it could be faked or simulated through drawing or, in most recent times, 3D rendering. The ascension of animation movies in pop culture has set up an all-new spectrum of icons and expectations that transcends entertainment to become part of our common perception of everyday life. This series of seven videos, shown in the two locations of Dry, presents different situations, which take advantage of the models and formulas of animation storytelling, abusing and questioning while playing with its properties, iconographies and stigmas.
Presented at Dry Milano Viale Vittorio Veneto 28
With deep sonorous clangour,
calmly answering his sweet anger (2017)

Digital 2D animation, full HD, b/w, 27’’ (loop)
This is what you get (2017)

Digital 2D animation, full HD, b/w, 27’’ (loop)
When we were three, I was hardly me (2017)

Digital 2D animation, full HD, color, 1’17’’ (loop)
Long story short (2017)

Digital 3D/2D video animation, full HD, color, 1’05’’ (loop)
Presented at Dry Milano Via Solferino 33
Bump (2017)

Digital 2D video animation, full HD, b/w, 3’ (loop)
Handydandy (2017)

Digital 3D video animation, full HD, color, 48’’ (loop)
Odette (2017)

Digital 3D/2D video animation, full HD, color, 1’10’’ (loop)
Paolo Brambilla
Paolo Brambilla (Lecco, 1990) studied at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent (Belgium).

Among his recent projects: Capriccio, Museo Ettore Fico, Turin; La seconda notte di quiete, DepositoA, Verona, curated by Christian Caliandro; SUPERHYPHENATION, Poppositions 2017 – ‘Don’t agonize, organize!’, ING Art Center, Bruxelles, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk; Open Call Club, Galeria Cavalo, Rio de Janeiro, curated by Jonas Lund.
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