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OTTO D’AMBRA

ECCE ANIMAL
curated by Giuseppe Savoca

from May 12 to June 11, 2016

A partire da giovedì 12 maggio 2016, lo spazio espositivo Burning Giraffe Art Gallery ospita la mostra Ecce
Animal, dell’artista Otto D’Ambra (Milano, 1978, vive e lavora a Londra), riedizione riveduta e ampliata
dell’omonima personale tenutasi nella capitale britannica nel mese di marzo. Composta da circa venti opere,
alcune delle quali realizzate appositamente per l’occasione, la mostra offre l’opportunità di entrare in contatto
con l’estro tecnico e il talento creativo di uno degli artisti emergenti più versatili e apprezzati del vasto panorama
londinese. Illustratore, stampatore e tattoo artist tra i più in voga a Londra, Otto D’Ambra apre, nel 2013, il White
Elephant Studio, dopo numerose esperienze in diversi ambiti creativi e la laurea presso l’Accademia di Brera. I
lavori in mostra offrono un’efficace esemplificazione della varietà di tecniche che l’artista padroneggia con
estremo talento (dall’acquaforte alla puntasecca, passando per la linografia e i disegni a inchiostro su carta),
immergendo lo spettatore in un’atmosfera surreale, in cui nulla è come appare a un primo sguardo. Dietro al
dettagliato e minuzioso realismo grafico che contraddistingue i lavori dell’artista, si nasconde un’affascinante
capacità di scovare e ricreare relazioni inaspettate tra gli esseri viventi, utilizzando la potenza simbolica degli
animali per costruire delle metafore morali, tanto efficaci quanto sintetiche, capaci di mettere a nudo le
contraddizioni della società umana evolutasi (o involutasi) nel suo stadio digitale. La mostra, a cura di Giuseppe
Savoca, è un invito a osservare la realtà attraverso lo sguardo attento e critico dell’artista, e il suo filtro creativo
in grado di creare potenti icone, figure emblematiche che si specchiano in se stesse dando vita a una collezione
di postmoderni stemmi araldici, surreali e simbolici al contempo, capaci di rapire immediatamente lo sguardo
con la loro estrema raffinatezza tecnica e di trattenerlo offrendogli un nuovo punto di vista, arguto e ironico, su
di una società in cui ogni animale è in relazione simbiotica ed evolutiva con gli altri e di cui l’artista stila i nuovi
orizzonti ibridi.

Starting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, Burning Giraffe Art Gallery will host the exhibition Ecce Animal, a solo show
by artist Otto D’Ambra (Milan, 1978, lives and works in London), a revised and expanded re-edition of a show by
the artist held in the month of March in the British capital. Made-up of more than twenty artworks, some of which
created especially for the occasion, the exhibition offers the opportunity to get in touch with the technical skills
and creative talent of one the most versatile and appreciated emerging artists from the broad London art scene.
Illustrator, printer and tattoo artist amongst the coolest in London, Otto D’Ambra, opened, in 2013, the White
Elephant Studio, after many fruitful experiences in many diverse creative fields and a Major in Set Design at Brera
Fine Art Academy, in Milan. The exhibited artworks offer the perfect synthesis of the wide variety of techniques
mastered with extreme talent by the artist (from etching to dry-point, linography and ink drawings on paper),
immersing the spectator in a surreal atmosphere where nothing is what it looks like at a first glance. Behind the
detailed an minute graphic realism which characterizes the artist’s works, lies the fascinating ability of unearthing
and re-creating unexpected relations between living beings, utilizing the animals’ strong symbolism to visualize
a series of moral metaphors, as effective as they are synthetic, able to expose the many contradictions of a society
evolved (or involved) to its digital stage. The exhibition, curated by Giuseppe Savoca, is an invitation to look at
reality through the attentive and critical eye of the artist and his creative filter able to give birth to powerful icons,
emblematic figures which mirror themselves transforming into a collection of postmodern heraldic coats of arms,
both surreal and symbolic, that immediately catch the spectator’s gaze with their extremely refined technical
execution and then hold it by offering a new witty and ironic point of view on a society made of animals in
symbiotic and evolutionary relation one to the next, of which the artist drafts the new hybrid horizons.

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INK ON PAPER
Monday Morning
2015
ink on paper
cm 100 x 70

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Ego, 2015, ink on paper, cm 100x70

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Beauty and the Beast, 2015, ink on paper, cm 70 x 100

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The Heart Breaker, 2015, ink on paper, cm 70 x 100

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Points of View, 2015, ink on vintage newspapers, cm 70 x 150 (triptych)

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Eulogy
2015
ink on vintage newspapers
cm 150 x 70 (triptych)

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ETCHINGS
App Generation
Etching on paper
Limited edition of
15 cm 50 x 35

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Behind the Beauty
Etching on paper
Limited edition of 15
cm 50 x 35

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Unexpected
Relations
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of 15
Cm 50 x 35

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First Date
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of 15
cm 50 x 35

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This is London
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of 15
cm 50 x 35

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Everyone Dies
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of
20
cm 50 x 35

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Play
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of 20
cm 50 x 35

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Lobbyster
Etching on paper
Limited Edition of 20
cm 50 x 35

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Music Evolution
Linocut etching on
paper
Limited Edition of 20
cm 57 x 38

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Modern Anatomy
Drypoint etching on paper
Limited edition of 20
cm 75 x 35

True Hurts
Drypoint etching on paper
Limited edition of 20
cm 75 x 35

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Yourself, linocut on paper, limited edition of 30, cm 50 x 70

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The Thinker
Linocut on vintage
newspaper
Limited Edition of 30
cm 63 x 43,5

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Half Beauty

Linocut on vintage
newspaper
Limited Edition of 30
cm 63 x 43,5

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