Taking inspiration from the nineteenth-century aesthetic of John Ruskin and his reflections on Venetian architecture collected in the book “The Stones of Venice”, the installation “Finestre Veneziane” by Elio Ticca was conceived for Tessitura Bevilacqua, in response to the open call Business for Art of the 13th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize.The work consists of a Tessitura Bevilacqua fabric, temporarily installed on the facade of the building on the Grand Canal, from May 8th to November 22nd 2019. Highlighting the precious Venetian texture, the site-specific intervention by Elio Ticca enhances a strong dialogue between external and internal space-time: if on the outside the work is in continuous evolution and transformation, inside it continues to live and be reborn over time
“Finestre Veneziane” invites to an ethical and aesthetic fruition, responding to the needs that question problems linked to the local artistic heritage, against the background of contemporary Venice, an emblematic scenario where the game of safeguarding this heritage is played out. The work is also an interpretation of the history of Tessitura Bevilacqua which represents the current renaissance of Venice, reinterpreted through modern language, which consists of a temporary installation on the facade of the company’s headquarters, overlooking the Grand Canal. The fabric is laser cut and shows a drawing elaborated by Ticca, in which the artist summarizes all the architectural styles of the windows that can be found in Venice. The number of windows is 1376, corresponding to the years of the Venetian Republic, from its foundation in 421 AD, until the Napoleonic conquest in 1797.
The residual shapes obtained by laser cutting are sewn together by the artist, in order to form a thin strip of fabric, sewn to the edge of the long strip of velvet. The fabric silhouettes symbolically become leather residues, or the past historical time, quantified in a precise number, a stylistic tool that recalls another loss: the decrease of citizens living in Venice. For the installation, a plain green Veronese velvet was chosen, a color in contrast with the facade of the building, which recalls the color scheme of the most flourishing period of Venetian Renaissance painting.
The versatile site-specific installation by Elio Ticca highlights the tradition of fine Venetian fabrics through a profound union between the raw material and new technologies, continuing the ancient textile tradition of the Serenissima. The work “Finestre Veneziane” ” will remain on display on the facade of the Bevilacqua palace on the Grand Canal from May 8th to November 22nd.
“Venice is still left for our beholding in the final period of her decline: a ghost upon the sands of the sea, so weak—so quiet,—so bereft of all but her loveliness, that we might well doubt, as we watched her faint reflection in the mirage of the lagoon, which was the City, and which the Shadow.”
(John Ruskin,”The stones of Venice”)