BATTAGLIA FOUNDRY SCULPTURE PRIZE#03 Rochelle Goldberg in Battaglia, Via Oslavia 17, 3 - 6 aprile

foto©Virginia Taroni
Fonderia Artistica Battaglia

presents Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #03



opening - April 3rd, from 6.30 pm

The exhibition will run until April 6th, 2019


An exhibition around the lost wax bronze production of the BFSP#03 winning project by Rochelle Goldberg: INTRALOCUTORS

Within the new premises of Fonderia Artistica Battaglia in Via Oslavia, 17, we are delighted to present the exhibition of Intralocutors, the winning project of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #03 by Rochelle Goldberg (Vancuver, CA, 1984). Intralocutors will be unveiled on the 3rd of April, during MiArt Contemporary Art Fair. This will be the Italian preview of the sculpture , which was previously presented in January 2019 at The Power Station in Dallas for Rochelle Goldberg's solo exhibition “born in a beam of light” curated by Rob Teeters ( The process and history of lost wax casting, with a focus on Intralocutors, was also illustrated during the Talk "Daily Futures and Present Archives" held by Battaglia at the prestigious Nasher Sculpture Center ( The exhibition of Intralocutors will take place in the new venue of Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, directly inside the wax department. A short film on the residency by the director Virginia Taroni will also be screened. As for the previous edition, the narrative behind the BFSP #03 is published in a catalogue edited and distributed by CURA.books, and includes texts by Rochelle Goldberg, Saim Demircan and Camilla Bonzanigo. The book is available for consultation during the opening and will be ready for pourchasing starting from April 3rd.




With Intralocutors, the artist imagines to translate an iconic symbol, Mary of Egypt, into a subsequent stage, through the study of different contact surface layers. The artist challenges the positive and negative steps of the millenary bronze casting technique, through a highly sculptural methodology and explanation, relevant to the Prize enquiry for what concerns both the engagement with materials and their intrinsic characteristics, and for their relation within the lost wax casting process.

Intralocutors works as an active intervention, both technical and conceptual, on a pre-existing ceramic model: a fully developed sculptural approach, deeply relevant for what concerns materiality and the lost-wax technical process, taken to a further level of understanding within the positive/negative steps. Rochelle Goldberg’s work “stages sculptural topographies composed of living, ephemeral, and synthetic materials”.

As the Artist states: “Intralocutors, is a project that re-assigns agency to written-over subjects in the face of falsely ascribed mythology. It is engaged through materializing a composite figure that activates an absent position. If many women over time were compressed into the role of one Mary, then Mary too can be many as we try again to meet her. Mary of Egypt, popularly pillars forth evoking self-preservation as brutality, the patron saint of flesh, specifically carnal flesh and its abandonment, leaves a legacy misunderstood as a mutual rejection between her corporeal-self and the world, rather than her own decisive action. Through her desert entry, she escapes the material world that she no longer needs to ‘know’. Her forlorn figure has become an emblem for the possibility to choose both love and peace and the further possibility to both choose and reject the world for which we live in. Over time her weathered flesh layers as her environment so that her environment, the desert, in turn, becomes her flesh––a hybrid surface that conveys the accumulation of contact a body endures through time. Her resurrection signals the return to say “hello,” “hello I am here,” “hello she will be here,” “hello they have always been here.” The Intralocutor wears herself, her world, and everything she touches, thousands of years of material refinement in the lost-wax-bronze casting process are pressed up against how our ideas of skin, surface, protection, survival, body, gender, and life have changed and will continue to change.”



Rochelle Goldberg (1984, Vancouver, CA) earned her MFA from Bard College (NY), and currently lives and works in Berlin. She was the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and was the Artist-in-Residence at the Atelier Calder in the Spring of 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include The Plastic Thirsty, SculptureCenter, New York; A Worm Filled Body, Parisian Laundry, Montreal; No Where, Now Here, GAMeC, Bergamo; Intralocutors, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Pétroleuse, Éclair, Berlin; 1000 “emotions”, Federico Vavassori, Milan. Selected group exhibitions: Artists Institute, NY; Manoir de la Ville de Martigny; Kunstverein Dortmund; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Okayama Art Summit, Okayama; Front Desk Apparatus, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris; Atelier Calder, Saché; WeissFalk, Basel; Oracle, Berlin; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Forthcoming projects will include a residency at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2018) and solo exhibitions at Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno (2018) and The Power Station, Dallas (2019).



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