Hm, He, Ha

Two-part exhibition curated by Elena Volpato and Davide Ferri

Part One: Peche Khete and Michele Tocca
1 June 2024 – September 14th 2024

Part Two: Luca Bertolo and Manuele Cerutti
5 October 2024 – 11 January 2025

Fondazione Coppola is happy to announce the two-part exhibition HM, HE, HA – curated by Elena Volpato and Davide Ferri - that is going to be held in Torrione di Porta Castello, Vicenza (IT). Part one features a dialogue between Pesce Khete and Michele Tocca, and will be open starting June 1st 2024 through September 14th 2024. Part two will display the artworks of Luca Bertolo and Manuele Cerutti.

A first glance at an artwork might leave you with unexpected feelings, be those of reflection, surprise or puzzlement: the title of the exhibition HM, HE, HA references the exclamations that accompany this first encounter. It is also a direct nod to the homonymous lecture on “art and words” held by Julian Barnes, an author loved by both the artists and the curators. When explaining the reasons for the peculiar title he chose, he pointed at Edgar Degas’ words: “My art, what do you want to say about it? […] among people who understand, words are not necessary, you say humph, he ha, and everything has been said.”

Those exclamations are typical not only of the public, but also of the artists. The process of a painter, specifically, is deeply connected with their chosen medium: they work through intuitions and approximations, pauses and comebacks, all reactions to the artwork slowly gaining shape and to how the materials used interact on the paper or canvas.

Through the two exhibitions, we wish to give value to a painting process that welcomes creativity and self-reflection, and that actively looks for doubts and obstacles to face, as to not fall into the pit of a “self-mannerism” in which the authentic style of the artist turns into a method to follow.

Thus, the four artists of the exhibition do not share a theme or style, but an inclination to see painting as a practice that is always inquiring about its own limits.

The first part of HM, HE, HA will display 35 recent works that weave together the artistic journeys of Pesce Khete and Michele Tocca and the Torrione itself. The images and atmospheres created by the artists will come in contact with the architecture of the watchtower, evoking feelings of alertness and anticipation in a timeless place caught between the past and present.

Pesce Khete’s works embrace remnants of the last century: images of soldiers waiting, as if in a positional warfare, emerge from the paper through almost satirical deformations. Next to them, we can see open views and landscapes, but also twisted brushstrokes and overlapping materials push the boundaries of our perception.

 

Pesce Khete, Untitled (Michele), 2024
Oil paint, soft pastel and silicone on cotton paper, 76x140cm

 

Where Khete creates earthy dreamlike barricades and trenches, Michele Tocca displays Mud and his Aurelian Walls, that, representing the ancient Roman brick architecture, creates a mise en abyme effect with the walls of the Torrione itself. On the other hand, the studies of clouds, and the open skies, featured in some of Tocca’s works, reflect an elective affinity with the horizon depicted by Khete in Untitled (Michele), an artwork that also highlights the two artists’ friendship through its title. The dialogue between their practices calls for a back-and-forth between the two: the focus on everyday objects by Tocca ignites the figurative motifs in Pesce Khete’s artworks, while the visual impact of the latter’s large paintings contrasts and accentuates the former’s smaller canvases.

This narrative created between the two artists, develops up to the last floor of the Torrione. Open onto a view of Vicenza, the feeling of waiting, of a time that comes after the intensity of the work, takes shape. It is Tocca’s series, In One Coat, made of contemplative depictions of the same dark jacket, against a wall that reflects the blue of the sky. Alongside it and interspersed with it, Siliconi (Silicones) by Khete, are also traces of a time gone, symbols of a lost communication, imitations of the gluey remains that we can find behind removed street signs or store signs. The Siliconi, and their cursive doodles, as if of writing without an alphabet or letters, take us back to the small exclamations HM, HE, HA and to the momentary interruption of speech that gives in to the game of hesitation between thoughts and images.

Michele Tocca, nebbia di rimpetto, 2024
Oil on linen, 19x17 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome


Information

Exhibition date:

Part One: Pesce Khete and Michele Tocca
Vernissage June 1st 2024, 18:00
Opening June 2nd 2024 – September 14th 2024

Parte seconda: Luca Bertolo e Manuele Cerutti
Scheduled 5 October 2024 to 11 January 2025

 

Tickets:

Adults: €5,00
Reduced admission for seniors (over 65 years) € 4,00
Owners of an Artsupp Card: €3,00
Free admission for minors under 18 years and accredited journalists with a valid press card.

Opening hours:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
from 2pm to 6pm (ultimo ingresso 17:30)

For the access rules, consult the visitor guidelines.

 

Information and bookings:

Email: info@fondazionecoppola.org
Phone: +39 0444 043272


Pesce Khete

Pesce Khete was born in Rome in 1980. He lives and works in Rome. Graduated in ‘Multimedia Animation’ at the IED European Institute of Design in Rome, since 2020 he has been teaching Drawing and Illustration courses at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome.

His work, which has focused for years on painting, drawing and photography, has been exhibited in Italy and abroad in various spaces and institutions such as: MART Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Biennale Di Praga, Biennale Di Salonicco, American Academy (Rome), Barriera (Turin), Fondazione per L'arte (Rome), Volta Ny (New York, USA) and Drawing Now! (Paris, France), Museo Ciac (Genazzano, Rome), Museo Gamud (Udine), Museo Marca (Catanzaro), Ex Monastero Dei Benedettini (Catania), Centro Cultural Ramón Alonso Luzzy (Cartagena, Spain), Greenhouse (Berlin, Germany), Ex Fabbrica Orobia (Milan), Mars (Milan). Other gallery exhibitions include: Colli Independent Art Gallery (Rome), Ex-Elettrofonica (Rome), Monitor (Rome), The Flat-massimo Carasi (Milan), Ceri Hand (Liverpool, UK), Van Der Stegen (Paris, France), Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery (Rome), Car Projects/Car Drde (Bologna), Isabel Hurley (Malaga, Spain), Magda Bellotti Gallery (Madrid, Spain). In 2021, three of his works were acquired by the GAM Museum, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin.

 

Michele Tocca

Pesce Khete was born in Rome in 1980. He lives and works in Rome. Graduated in ‘Multimedia Animation’ at the IED European Institute of Design in Rome, since 2020 he has been teaching Drawing and Illustration courses at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome.

His work, which has focused for years on painting, drawing and photography, has been exhibited in Italy and abroad in various spaces and institutions such as: MART Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Biennale Di Praga, Biennale Di Salonicco, American Academy (Rome), Barriera (Turin), Fondazione per L'arte (Rome), Volta Ny (New York, USA) and Drawing Now! (Paris, France), Museo Ciac (Genazzano, Rome), Museo Gamud (Udine), Museo Marca (Catanzaro), Ex Monastero Dei Benedettini (Catania), Centro Cultural Ramón Alonso Luzzy (Cartagena, Spain), Greenhouse (Berlin, Germany), Ex Fabbrica Orobia (Milan), Mars (Milan). Other gallery exhibitions include: Colli Independent Art Gallery (Rome), Ex-Elettrofonica (Rome), Monitor (Rome), The Flat-massimo Carasi (Milan), Ceri Hand (Liverpool, UK), Van Der Stegen (Paris, France), Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery (Rome), Car Projects/Car Drde (Bologna), Isabel Hurley (Malaga, Spain), Magda Bellotti Gallery (Madrid, Spain). In 2021, three of his works were acquired by the GAM Museum, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin.