Anthony Moman Syringe Art in Personal Structures during the Venice Biennale
I had been invited by the GAA Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation, to participate in a large-scale exhibition, titled Personal Structures, to coincide with the 57th Venice Biennale. The curators had seen my syringe wall sculptures and I created new site specific ones within the theme of Time,Space, Existence and Open Borders.
My sculptures will be on show in Personal Structures in the Palazzo Mora from May 13th until November 26th.
I am on the second floor of Palazzo Mora and my neighbours are Hermann Nitsch and Jeff Koons. Nitsch’s blood and gore paintings, Anthony Moman’s syringe sculptures and Jeff Koon’s balloon dogs, welcome to the Venice Biennale.
At 6 pm the show opened and there was a steady trickle of people but by 6.30 it became a torrent as they arrived by the hundred. By 7 pm with the Prosecco flowing, and trays of exquisite canapés floating by, it was barely breathing room.
Many people did a double take as they realised that my shapes were formed not by led lights or ball bearings (now there’s an idea ) but real, fully armed syringes. The reactions were mixed from surprise, disgust – phobia for needles, to incredulous, but at least no one was complacent. That is what I had hoped for, to provoke a strong reaction amongst all this great art.
PERSONAL STRUCTURES – OPEN BORDERS GROUP EXHIBITION
DURING THE VENICE BIENNALE 2017
Amongst the more than 200 participating artists in various locations are MARINA ABRAMOVIC, JEFF KOONS, GUNTHER UECKER, JULIAN OPIE, LAWRENCE WEINER, FRANCOIS MORELLET,ARNULF RAINER, YOKO ONO, JOSEPH KOSUTH, DOLK, AND ANTHONY MOMAN.
Hosted by The European Cultural Centre and curated by the GAA Foundation.
May 13 – November 26 2017,
Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova 3659, 30121 Venice
(Preview 11 – 12 May at 18.00 – 22.00)
Open 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Tuesdays.
Syringes are very symbolic, invoking a host of different emotional reactions, mostly negative. They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases and change the way we look and feel about ourselves. Our very existence can depend on one syringe and they therefore deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.
My series of syringe sculptures is called Synergy.
” Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its part and comes from the Greek word synergos, meaning cooperating or working together.”
This ethos is reflected in my sculptures, where individual syringes metamorphosize into another form without any structural interference.
The globe sculpture is called ” To Be One ” and the name is inspired by the poem ” To Be One With Each Other ” by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
” What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together
to strengthen each other in all labour
to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other
in the silent unspoken memories ? “
The rise of globalisation means a unilateral decision taken by one country can have a negative or positive effect on the other side of the world. Every time I stick down a syringe, I have five seconds to make the right decision, otherwise it negatively impacts on the whole piece and I would have to start all over again.
Personal Structures Group Exhibition
during the Venice Biennale 2017