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.
July 3rd - October 5th 2018 Valentina Furian
Valentina Furian is the fifth and last artist selected for the first edition of StraightUp@ExtraDry award. The video is the central element of her artistic practice and often it starts form performances or installations to develop through a poetic dialogue between the elements.

Her research investigates issues inspired by different fields of research, from the vernacular tradition to cosmogony in order to reconnect with most urgent ones, such as the contradictory role of human beings in relation to the natural world.
For StraightUp@ExtraDry award, Valentina selected four videos made over the past three years and presented at Dry 1 and Dry 2.
FULL HD, 13’02’’

Is the trace of a performance set in an industrial space. A character lives in the space marked by ephemeral interventions of light and smoke where a sculpture manifests itself as an evanescent presence.

FULL HD, 11’11’’

Supernatural ground reflects on the act of artistic creation. Creation compared to a cosmogony: the film takes its name from one of the first manifestations of the matter in the world according to the cosmogonic tale of the eskimos.
the thought of the artist determines the succession of time and shapes in space, the boundaries of the visible and the duration of the artistic act.

HD, 14’52’’

The film takes its name from part of the last chapter of william beebe’s book half
mile down. Beebe is a marine biologist, remembered in the history of scientific innovation for being the first man to reach a marine depth of over 900 meters.
the film investigates the relationship between man and nature.
the conservation of and the care needed for the nature reproduced by humans
for scientific purposes. The demiurgic role of the human being towards nature itself.


Fronte mare's video is part of an installation that plays on an apparent nonsense association. Apparently a holiday beach landscape, it proves to be the place where to defenselessly attend a tragic terrestrial event: glaciers melting. Images pleasant to the sight, although emblematic of an irreversible environmental damage.
Valentina Furian
Valentina Furian (Dolo, Venezia, 1989) lives and works between Rome and Venice where she graduated at IUAV University. She was selected to participate to the award for the performative component that emerges in her videos.

Among the latest projects and exhibitions: That's it, MAMbo (Bologna); Rava vavàra, radio project (Rome); Lago Film Fest (Revine, Lago); I come from, Musei Civici Bassano del Grappa; Into perpetual night, Microclima (Venice); Arte Visione 2016, CareOf (Milan), VERDE | ZELENÁ, GalerieSAM83 (Czech Republic), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice).