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ART & CULTURE

Dynamics of the Void

MARBELLA GALLERY COLLABORATION BETWEEN MATIAS DI CARLO AND WADSTRÖM TÖNNHEIM Photos by Johnny Gates

Wadström Tönnheim has opened its first gallery space outside Sweden in Marbella. In April, the acclaimed Swedish gallery launched an ambitious opening programme in Spain with emerging Argentinian artist Matias Di Carlo, exhibiting his powerful sculptures with the title “Dynamics of the Void”. “For me and my wife Lisa, who also is my gallery partner,” says Mattias Tönnheim, owner and director of Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, “this is a dream come true considering the promising conditions with our new grand space here in Polígono Nueva Campana, which in my opinion is the ultimate location for our gallery in Marbella. We also strongly believe that there is a newborn interest for contemporary art of quality in the region, and it is with great joy and honour that we present our new collaboration and the fantastic exhibition ‘Dynamics of the Void’ by Matias Di Carlo, who produced several formidable pieces for our premiere opening.” Very early in his life, Matias Di Carlo felt a close connection with nature and its elements, something which became even more evident during his trips to the mountains in the Patagonian Andes. Back at home in Buenos Aires, he was taught to master fire and an array of metals, and soon he transformed this knowledge into a sculptural language of his own. According to the gallery partners, “Matias’s new exhibition invites us to feel and experience the sounds released by the interaction of the density of matter and void space – the tension created between them reveals a virtuous vibration. The effect of light and shadow irradiates poetry. As though a magnet, his rotund pieces attract the spectator to dive into them to discover the underlying layers and dimensions which surface one after another.” Di Carlo was born in Argentina in 1978, and his Italian roots are imprinted with a long history of artistic ironsmithing. He is the fourth generation to continue creating with metal and fire, taking it to the level of a sculptural language of his own. Wadström Tönnheim Gallery is focused on contemporary art, primarily by Scandinavian artists. The mission of the gallery has been “to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture”. The galleries in Malmö and Marbella are owned and operated by Lisa Wadström and Mattias Tönnheim: www.wadstromtonnheim.se. The “Dynamics of the Void” exhibition will remain on show until 9 June. Matias Di Carlo Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucía (Marbella) www.matiasdicarlo.com / www.wadstromtonnheim.se

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