Ignazio Mortellaro is an artist, curator and co-founder of Radiceterna - a collective which visually, audibly and literarily explores notions of botany. Ignazio, a Palermitan practitioner, exhibits work predominantly in his home country, Italy. His practice is an intriguing one; his studio is a cavernous, basement space, hidden from prying eyes behind wooden doors. Inside, it's an orderly box of curiosities, something that he describes as a laboratory. Tools are placed in quantifying symphonies: patterns emerge from height-ordered utensils; visual rhythms arise in the tones and textures that echo back-and-forth between natural and metal surfaces. Iron is a recurrent material - nature, then iron. "But what is iron?" Ignazio asks rhetorically, "it's the stuff of nature."
Ignazio is generous with his time: he's someone who reads a lot, thinks a lot, collects a lot and, as per his architectural and engineer-training, measures - both mathematically and visually - a lot. His studio, deep in the depths of an age-old palazzo, is spotless but rustic. Ignazio admits that he has been away from his studio, installing work in Turin, and so the space is abnormally tidy - but normal for him to a certain extent. He speaks quietly but enthusiastically about elemental matter: we return to iron, one of his favourite materials, which, he describes, contains within it a plethora of Earth-based connotations. Iron, he says, is found at the Earth's core: its production of magnetic fields is what keeps us physically grounded.
KARST is the largest independent contemporary art venue in Plymouth: it is both a public gallery space and an artist studio complex. Founded in 2012, it has made extraordinary tracks in a mere-six years – from humble beginnings, it is currently a National Portfolio Organisation for the period 2018-2022 and a recently registered as a charity. In travelling to its home – a one-storey, ex-warehouse in the Millbay area of the city – I was able to comprehend the true scale of its achievements and contributions to the expansion of Plymouth's creative community. Following a busy few days of Plymouth Art Weekender (28-30 September, a three-day visual arts festival in Plymouth), KARST's Business Director, Donna Howard, is energetic as ever – it's clear that her passion and enthusiasm for people and 'getting things done,' is one of the organisation's major drivers.
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“Burrow into much of the current artist-led activity in Cardiff and you can find a link to g39 somehow,” writes Emma Geliot in 2012 as part of g39's 13th anniversary publication, It Was Never Going to be Straightforward. The book charts g39's evolution from the germ of an idea in 1997 and subsequent founding at 39 Wyndham Arcade in 1998, to its move to a large, cavernous warehouse on Oxford Street in 2012. Like many artist-led spaces, g39 has had to adapt to undulating economic, cultural and social climates. It, like others, has survived through the surplus and voluntary hours given by its dedicated members and supporters. The fact that g39 is at the core of much of Cardiff's artist-led activities, two decades after its founding, is a testament to the adaptability, creativity and resilience of its community[...]
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