Matrix: Red White Blue – |Blue Desire| Elena Monzo Solo Exhibition

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From January 17 to March 1, 2015, Koca Art Space is proud to present the China Italy Triple Exhibitions “Matrix: Red White Blue”: |Red Dream| Zhu Ye Solo Exhibition, |White Fantasy| Sandro del Pistoia Solo Exhibition, |Blue Desire| Elena Monzo Solo Exhibition. Let’s cross the matrix of art and open the door of the humanity.


The colors of red, white and blue which come from the French national flag originally have witnessed the evolution of western culture; the popular movie in the name of these three colors has been given more meaning and expression. They have influenced the life style and values profoundly with the development of the digital and web technology, the gradual integration of global economy, society, culture and social life.

The three colors, red for sincerity and fraternity, white for dignity and equality and blue for melancholy and freedom, together with dream, fantasy and desire form a matrix, which presents a contrast with the gradual total digitization of the world. The matrix attempts to explore the convergence and differentiation of humanity and thoughts with different cultural backgrounds in the word of globalization.

Three artists from China and Italy use different theme and form in an attempt to unlock the spirit puzzle, that is the desire to get rid of the common customs, to remove the envy and conflict among people and to reach the true freedom and equality of mankind, with the help of sincerity and fraternity of sex. In this art matrix, the Chinese artist Zhu Ye exhibits her overlapping graphical presentation of sex in the transparent acrylic boxes, the Italian artist Sandro del Pistoia brings his space sculptures made of magnetic and wooden stripes, and Elena Monzo presents her gorgeous portraits composed of silk thread, decoration objects, color lump and collage.

|Blue Desire| Elena Monzo Solo Exhibition

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Sincerity and fraternity open the door of the humanity; dignity and equality are the basis of continuation of the humanity. When “Matrix: Red White Blue” comes to the third level – how the humanity faces up to the monster of desire, it just begins to solve the mystery of the mankind.

The most represent topic in the artworks of Elena Monzo is detailed and showy woman figures and portraits, from strips to glitters, from graffiti to Ukiyo-e. Collaged with different culture elements, her artworks have created a chaotic and precise image of focused figures on the Vanity Fair, complying with the global mass culture standards. The artist holds a visionary opinion to the society decay and violation of aesthetic rules.

The freedom, compelled by the desire, chases for the details excessively on the one hand; on the other hand, it throws away the natural beauty of the humanity. Therefore, melancholy and freedom are two chains to lock the monster of the desire. On the road of the humanity exploration, let’s take it carefully and pursue it bravely until we arrive at the Other Side.

Title: |Blue Desire| Elena Monzo Solo Exhibition

Duration: 14th Feb – 1st Mar, 2015

Opening: 4pm, 14th Feb, 2015

Venue: KOCA Art Space • South Bund (Room 312, Bldg #2, the Cool Docks, No.505 South Zhongshan Road, Shanghai)

Curator: Alan Huang

Organized by: ArtThat | KOCA Art Space

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Monzo, Elena

在Elena Monzo的作品中出现最多的主题是转瞬即逝的社会和女性形象,以各种恋物的姿态呈现:外表顺应大众文化的标准、极度关注细节、要求画面精确无瑕。The most recurrent topics in the research work of Elena Monzo are the ephemeral society and the feminine figures, which are described in each obsession: the out-fit to comply with the mass culture standards and the maniacal attention to details, together with the need of reflecting a precise flawless image.

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