Richard Nonas
Out Away Back
Apr 26 – Jun 12 2018
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Neochrome is pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the Richard Nonas exhibition Out Away Back,  curated by Filippo Fossati in collaboration with esso artvisory, New York which will be held in Via Stampatori, 4, in the second courtyard, in Turin on Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Richard Nonas was born in Brooklyn in 1936 and now lives in Manhattan. He has made and shown his sculpture worldwide for the past 50 years. 
Nonas was trained as an anthropologist, lived and worked with Native Americans in the Sonoran Desert of northern Mexico and Arizona, and in both James Bay and the Yukon Territory in northern Canada.  Writing about his years as an anthropologist, Nonas says that he slowly came to believe that words were too specific to directly convey the shifting and ambiguous complexity, the immediate all-at-once doubleness, of the reality he was trying to describe. Physical objects —spatial things— he thought, could perhaps be made to capture and hold that doubleness and even communicate it all at once; could be made to function like the bounded physical places imbued with over-arching human emotion he had experienced in the southern desert, the northern forest —and the streets of New York.

Nonas became a maker of those object-made places; those ambiguous spatial presences built from simple and familiar elements. His work continues to combine a radical literalism with the shifting edge of "not quite paradox". The great Italian collector Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo wrote in his book of memoirs:... “Nonas is the most radical of the minimalist artists that I collected in the 70s'. He has transformed his anthropological search for the primordial nature of human beings into his sculptures. He is a sculptor of complexity in simplicity' of pervasive emotion in rough abstract physical form.”

Nonas speaks of the actual objects he builds as "tools to make charged places happen." His studio, filled with old works and the steel, stone and wood implements he uses to make them, is itself such a place. The studio is his tool, but it is also his home. —And that circularity —tool-using-as-tool-making and place-making-as-place-using; the transformation of one disjunctive set into the other— is the root of his work. And the charged places that result are his art.

Nonas' recent large scale permanent installations include works in Bossolasco, (CN),  at the abandoned village of Vière, Digne-les-Bains, France and at the Fondazione Ratti. His most recent solo exhibitions include The Man in the Empty Space at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, 2016, and Richard Nonas at the Art Institute in Chicago, 2016-17 as well as a large installation in front of the Grand Palais in Paris, 2017.

At Neochrome, Richard Nonas will present a group of wood and steel sculptures, including a new series of wall sculptures called Ledger Drawings inspired by the drawings made by Native Americans prisoners held in US army forts during America's Indian Wars of the late 19th and early 20th.