Curated by Contaminate NYC

March 7th to March 17th 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: March 7th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

@ Dacia Gallery
53 Stanton Street, New York, NY | Map

Contaminate NYC is pleased to present “Make a Wish”, a solo-show by Italian artist Claudia Trombin graciously hosted by Dacia Gallery, a young and dynamic Lower East Side gallery located at 53 Stanton Street. The opening reception, one-of-a-kind art experience featuring live dance performances choreographed along Claudia’s artwork, will be held on March 7th from 6pm until 9pm.

Through multi-media paintings, watercolors, and installations revisiting the fascinating and complex language of the unconscious, Claudia’s seductive yet unsettling creations aim to bewilder the viewer, generating doubts and questions, unleashing desires and dream-like visions. In her attempt to shape the invisible – emotions, feelings, fears, obsessions, reveries – she creates imaginary spaces, juggling reality and fantasy, the ordinary and the unique. Inspired by Surrealism principles and fascinated by psychoanalysis and archetypes nature, Claudia develops her artwork along ambivalent, symbolic, and philosophical themes.

Her latest experimental installation, to be unveiled at the upcoming show, stems from her need to give form to the belief that being human goes beyond biology and materiality. What makes us unique is our ability to think and create, and our desire to communicate. Our spirit calls for expansion and exploration and that is what ultimately leaves a trace of our essence in this world.

Dragonflies and dandelions, flowers composed of a seed head and hundreds of smaller florets, become her inspiration to materialize this process. Light metal filaments ending with corollas modeled as dragonfly wings spread from the seed head – a led lamp – symbol of energy and life that will extinguish with time. The wings, humans’ spiritual side, structured like a unique and delicate netlike grid, act like a DNA imprint embedded in our life essence, guiding our imagination and intuition. At death, like the dandelion florets, the light dies and the invisible product of our spirit leaves our corporeal body by detaching and spreading its wings to disseminate into the world.

Claudia Trombin: Born in Italy in 1978, Claudia Trombin lives and works between Turin and New York. She holds a B.A. at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin. She exhibited in Italy, with her first solo show “Ali di Carta” at the Cavallerizza Reale in Turin in 2009 and the group show “Portraits” at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin. In 2002, she won the first prize for the realization of the project “Totem”, and she participated in the group show “Acquerelli” at the Promotrice di Belle Arti in Turin. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and New York in several groups and solo shows, such as “Triumph” at Dacia Gallery, New York, (2010), “Alter Ego 2.0” at Contesta Rockhair, New York, (2011), “Bodies” and “Temporary States” at GeM Gallery, New York (2011), and “New Generation”, Palazzo Pisani, Vicenza (2012). Claudia joined Contaminate’s network in June 2010.