Please join AS | Artists Studios and E.R. Butler & Co. on Wednesday, November 19th for an evening salon presentation of Atla(s)now by Angelo Bellobono that will take place in conjunction with the artist’s new solo show Before Me and After My Time that opens on October 27th and closes November 22nd in Manhattan’s SoHo district.
Based in New York City, Rome and Morocco, Angelo Bellobono utilizes geography to extend bridges between the places he has lived in. A series of geological and personal coincidences recently led him to explore the connection between the American Appalachians and the Moroccan Atlas, primarily the common tectonic origin of these two remote mountain ranges. This discovery sparked Bellobono’s desire to investigate the history of the native Americans in this area, known as Lenni-Lenape, who were the first people to populate both New York and the Appalachians. The artist soon found that the Lenape people and the Berbers in Morocco are faced with similar problems linked to the exploitation and use of their land in ways that cause serious health damage.
As a compliment to his current solo show that focuses on the Lenni-Lenape tribe, Angelo Bellobono will introduce Atla(s)now, a community platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration where art and skiing have positively enriched the local Berber communities (atlasnowproject.com). The artist will also present videos about his experiences in the Morroccan Atlas and discuss his most recent paintings which contain traces of the polluted soil, collected from the Ramapough Lunaape tribal region, that had been left tainted by a former industrial Ford plant. In Angelo Bellobono’s practice both object and action become a place for discussion, where the art-making process, the discovery of the other, and the shared experience take centre stage.
About Atla(s)now: The Marrakech Biennial first featured Atla(s)now in 2012 and established the organization as an interactive, archival project with a microeconomic view. In June 2014, Atla(s)now hosted a bus tour in conjunction with the 5th Marrakech Biennial, attended by New York art critic Linda Yablonsky who wrote about it for Artforum’s online diary.
About the artist
Angelo Bellobono’s work has been included in various international museum exhibitions, including Kolkata and New Delhi Museum of Modern Art, Cairo Museum of Art, Macro museum of contemporary art Rome, the XV Rome Quadrennial, the IV and V Marrakech Biennale and in public and private spaces such as the Fondazione Volume and Wunderkammern in Rome, Biasa Artspace in Bali, Envoy Gallery in New York, Changing Role in Naples and Frank Pages in Geneve.
In 2002 Bellobono was among the finalists for the Lissone Prize; in 2005 he won the Celeste Prize for painting; in 2009 he won the prize in the Drawing section of the American Artslant Award; in 2011 he was a finalist for the Combat Prize; in 2012 he is among the finalists for the award of Portali dello Scompiglio. His works are held in various public and private collections.