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Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Ballast of Miracles (detail), 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Ballast of Miracles 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Ballast of Miracles 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Ballast of Miracles (detail) 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Limpidus Goats 2018, plexiglass, vegetable tanning powders: mimosa, quebracho, chesnut, cm 111 x 57 x 70. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Transfiguration 2018, shoelaces, cm 268 x 210 about. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Transfiguration (detail) 2018, shoelaces, cm 268 x 210 about. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Gifted Witness 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Gifted Witness (detail) 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Pass Series: Cherry in the snow 2018, rawhide dog chew, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, cm 30 x 30 x 150 each. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Insistence on Opacity 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Insistence on Opacity (detail) 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Insistence on Opacity (detail) 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Back to Nature Treatment 2018, pipes, leather, KEU 2001, tannery hooks, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Back to Nature Treatment (detail) 2018, pipes, leather, KEU 2001, tannery hooks, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Holding Patterns 2018, video. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Immigrist WallMale Figure 01 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 170 x 65 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns

Immigrist Male Figure Wall Tryptich 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 80 x 120 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

“Nari Ward, Holding Patterns  for arte – impresa – territorio”: at Villa Pacchiani a series of works inedited created expressly for the project

Curated by Ilaria Mariotti, the show is part of the relationship between Nari Ward, UNIC - Concerie Italiane, and Lineapelle S.r.L. in the context of a wider project of the Municipality of Santa Croce sull’Arno, in collaboration with GALLERIA CONTINUA and Arte Continua Association. The project has been awarded by the Toscanaincontemporanea regional call for tenders for the fifth time. Born in Jamaica, a New Yorker by residence and study, Nari Ward has been invited to engage a dialogue with UNIC Concerie italiane and Lineapelle S.r.L. as a key element and metaphor to the reading of the dynamics and characteristics of the entire territory. Artist’s works originate from materials that testify to the economic, social, and ceremonial life of entire communities. Strollers, shoe laces, tv sets, shopping carts, random articles picked up by chance have all been used in his construction of metaphors of our contemporaneity. Works display evoke many oxymorons: joyfulness vs. grievousness, transparency vs. opacity, eternity vs. temporality, lightness vs. heaviness, movement vs. permanence. Artist visits to tanneries (Ausonia and Cuoificio Bisonte, Dolmen  and Camaleonte), treatment plants (Aquarno: Depuratore Consortium, Ecoespanso, and the Chromium Recovery Center), and the PO.TE.CO. Tanning Technological Park provided Nari Ward with more data, and given the variety of the citizens of Santa Croce sull’Arno also in terms of religion, continued at the Institute of Islamic Culture. Ilaria Mariotti explains: “each work is a concentrate of personal and collective experiences that are transfigured by the artist’s poetic. Leather, iron, plastic, plexiglass, fillers, resin, objects picked up by chance on visits and inspections here and there are used by Nari Ward in juxtapositions that uproot the object from the realistic or real and project it into an unprecedented experiential dimension”. The art work becomes another stop in a process of restituting and comprehending conceptual and scientific data as well as objective, autobiographical input.

Nari Ward,1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica, lives and works in New York. His work has been held in solo shows and group shows all over the world. He has been awarded numerous prizes and recognition, among which the Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation, Chicago in 2015, and the Rome Prize, American Academy of Rome in 2012, as well as prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has also received commissions from the World Health Organization and the United Nations. 

Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns
Nari Ward - Holding Patterns