Antonio Riello
Antonio Riello, ASHES TO ASHES
ASHES TO ASHES series  Blown Borosilicate glass and book ashes  dimensions variable

Born under the sign of Lion in Venezia, Antonio Riello is one of Italy’s most eclectic and controversial artists, working in techniques as varied as sculpture, design, photography, installation and video games. Incorporating the ironic manner of a conceptual charade, Riello manipulates and almost mistreats the images and objects which he invents. A controlled degree of ambiguity is the typical signature of his artistic research.

He has exhibited his work in several museums and institutions including:

BALTIC (Gateshead UK); nGbK (Berlin D); Kunstverein Neuhausen (Neuhausen D); MART (Rovereto I); MAMC (Saint Étienne F); Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna A); Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Milano I); Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena I); Neue Galerie (Graz A); Kunstverein Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg D); Centro Pecci (Prato I); Kunstverein Freiburg (Freiburg D); Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Kiel D); Chelsea Art Museum (New York USA); Elgiz Museum (Istanbul TR); GAM (Torino I); Museum of Arts and Design (New York USA); mudac (Lausanne CH); Museo Civico di Bassano (Bassano I); Musée Ariana (Genève CH), Museum Der Welt (Berlin D); Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht NL); Glastress, Fondazione Berengo (Venezia, I).

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Antonio Riello, CONFINED TOOL 21
CONFINED TOOL 21  2020  Blue BIC ink on paper  42 x 29.7cm
Antonio Riello, CONFINED TOOL 87
CONFINED TOOL 21  2020  Blue BIC ink on paper  42 x 29.7cm
Antonio Riello, CONFINED TOOL58 
CONFINED TOOL 21  2020  Blue BIC ink on paper  42 x 29.7cm
Antonio Riello's Quarantine drawings are a very personal and tormented form of reportage of his kitchen-scape. He started obsessively reproducing kitchen tools and objects during lockdown. Just humble sketches of course but, all together, they become a great "Visual Dictionary of Quarantine", a sort of Late Modern Enlightment-style Encyclopaedia. The taxonomic classification of every "creature" reveals Riello's passion for Mark Dion’s research; the main idea is to set up an Anthropological Museum of culinary ergonomy and cruelty. They are not only a way of witnessing a weird time but also a devoted and oblique homage to the beloved Alberto Giacometti and his drawing style.