The Oyster: Or, Radial Suppleness

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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.17 inches | 0.22 pounds

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About the Author

Federico Gori, who was born in Prato in 1977, currently lives and works in Pistoia. After studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, he was invited to show his work in Prato's Palazzo del Comune in 2002 in the context of an event entitled Gemine Muse, which was devoted to displaying the work of young artists in the museums of Europe. He was awarded a resident stage in 2003 by the Fondazione Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri. Hic Terminus Haeret, where he produced a site-specific work for display in the park. The exhibitions in which he has taken part in recent years include: 54^ Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Accademie, Venezia, 2011; Di fragilità e potenza, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2013; Talent Prize 2013, where he won the Special Award Metaenergia, Casa dell'Architettura, Roma, 2013; Come Afferrare il Vento, Museo Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoia, 2015; Colorful, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu P. R. China, 2015; Governare il caso, L'opera nel suo farsi dagli anni sessanta ai nostri giorni, Pinacoteca Comunale di Città di Castello, Perugia, 2015; Rebuilding the Future, Rossana Maiorca Cycle Route, Siracusa, 2015; and Underground #2, Museo Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoia 2016. In 2017, he was an Artist in Residence at La Panaceé, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Montpellier, France, invited by Le Bureau des Arts et Territoires for the European Project The Spur ETACEC 16-18.


Dejan Lukic's The Oyster is a beautiful pearl, perfectly formed. What he does with the Botticelli makes me want to brave the lines at the Uffizi one more time, just to see its glory in the pose he's given it. Only a moment ago I saw those trees for the first time. As a prose poem the whole of The Oyster far outshines the Ponge, who should've known better than to talk about an oyster he had no business trying to shuck in print. A dull knife & hammer? The guy tending the oyster bar in the old Marseille dives would've had a good laugh. No-the expert way Lukic pries it open, not so much as a drop of the liquor spilled, comes closer to Tolstoy's peasant sharpening his scythe, or the old carpenter's threshold to the trophy room in Homer-tight and plumb; correct and unforgettably beautiful. - Dr. George Smith, Professor of New Philosophy