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vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery

Carpenters workshop gallery presents vincenzo de cotiis 

 

Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London is currently hosting an exhibition titled Archaeology of Consciousness,  featuring the sculptural creations of Vincenzo De Cotiis. The exhibition, which runs from October 10, 2023, to January 28, 2024, highlights the artist’s fondness for reimagining archways using a variety of materials, including rare stones, recycled fiberglass, and Murano glass, all crafted through a process of reclamation. Throughout his career, De Cotiis has maintained a recurring fascination with arches, symbolizing their enduring significance within architectural history. His work challenges the ancient connotations typically associated with arches, offering fresh perspectives on these iconic vaulted forms. In his own words, De Cotiis explains, ‘Arches symbolize transitions, a concept that extends beyond the mere human and earthly to encompass the ancestral. In today’s context, such transitions, which resonate with both the past and the future, are especially pertinent.’

vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery
all images by Vincenzo De Cotiis, exhibition views at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Archaeology of Consciousness. Courtesy of Benjamin Baccarani, unless stated otherwise

 

 

Exploring De Cotiis’s Artistic Vision

 

De Cotiis further elaborates on his creative process, noting that the arch embodies qualities such as perfection, strength, and the capacity to bear structures, making it not only a functional entity but also a sculptural, and decorative architectural feature. Their allure has traveled for many hundreds of years in different places and cultural eras, like ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Italy and the Islamic world. The sculptures exhibited at Carpenters Workshop Gallery (see more here) undergo a deliberate distortion and transformation, challenging the long-held and unquestioned connotations associated with archways. Presented within a contemporary ruin setting, these sculptures themselves appear as new ruins, resembling artifacts made of stone, fiberglass, glass, and metal, evoking a sense of future archaeology. As Vincenzo De Cotiis states, ‘Archaeology of Consciousness is a collection positioned as a journey through time. It demonstrates a rediscovery of the past, an excavation of forms and structures uncovered from the sediments of history, and a projection of classical elements and contemporary concepts into the future.’ Loic Le Gaillard comments on the exhibition, acknowledging De Cotiis’ mastery as a sculptor and his ability to challenge traditional meanings of archways within a contemporary context. ‘The combination of black onyx and hand-patinated fibreglass gives the sculptures a sense of temporal decay, which creates a unique interplay between past and future in the works.’vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery

vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery
view of Vincenzo De Cotiis’ Archaeology of Consciousness

vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery
a new perspective on ancient forms

vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery

vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery
from ancient symbolism to modern expression

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vincenzo de cotiis' sculptural creations reimagine archways at carpenters workshop gallery
human-size sculptures by Vincenzo De Cotiis archeology of consciousness: de cotiis reimagines archways at carpenters workshop gallery  

 

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Vincenzo de Cotiis, Untitled 43. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
Vincenzo de Cotiis, Untitled 43. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
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Vincenzo De Cotiis, DC2329. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
Vincenzo De Cotiis, DC2329. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
Vincenzo de Cotiis, DC2323. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
Vincenzo de Cotiis, DC2323. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis, Image Joachim Wichmann
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Vincenzo De Cotiis, DC2325, 2022, Black Onyx, Hand-Painted Recycled Fiberglass. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis
Vincenzo De Cotiis, DC2325, 2022, Black Onyx, Hand-Painted Recycled Fiberglass. Courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis

project info:

 

name: Vincenzo De Cotiis, Archaeology of Consciousness

location: Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London | @carpentersworkshopgallery

dates: October 10, 2023 – January 28, 2024 

 

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