Glasgow International 2020

Santo Tolone

Santo Tolone (b. 1979 in Como, Italy) lives and works in Milan, Italy. Tolone aims to modify those characteristics that make objects and situation recognisable and to redefine our perception of them, by projecting all the different elements through formal and compositional abstraction. By deconstructing and decontextualising everyday object, the artist turns their otherwise trivial details into a source of infinite awareness and pleasure, thereby revealing unexpected aesthetic, conceptual and emotional possibilities. Tolone catalyses the attention of the spectator on those redesigned images and emotions, finally united by a striking clarity of forms and compositions.

Solo show include La vie aquatique, curated by Bruna Roccasalva, Scalo Art Pavilions, Milan, IT (2016); Spaghetti After Sex, Residency and Solo Show, curated by Sarah McCrory, The Monteverdi Art Gallery, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, IT (2016); Come Quando Fuori Piove, Frutta, Rome, IT (2015); 37 Days of Darkness, Limoncello, London, UK (2015); Illy Present Future Award, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT (2013); Three Times Once, Limoncello, London, UK (2012).

Group show include Pré-Capital, curated by Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani with Nicolas Bourriaud, La Panacée, Centre de culture contemporaine, Montpellier, FR (2017); Wagstaff’s, curated by Adam Carr, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK (2017); Prediction, curated by Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood, São Paulo, BR (2016); Ennesima, Una mostra di sette mostre sull’arte italiana, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale di Milano, Milan, IT (2015); SMALL Rome, curated by Adam Carr, Frutta, Rome, IT (2014); Calcio d’inizio, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT (2014); Arian De Rothschild Prize, curated by Laura Barreca and Marcello Smarreli, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT (2011); No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, UK (with Viafarini) (2010); 21×21:21 Artisti x Il 21 Secolo, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT (2010); Italian Open, curated by AAW, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, NL (2009).

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Santo Tolone

The distance between the fridge and my belly, or rather between your eyes and this title


Frutta presents a solo project by Santo Tolone, who will inaugurate the organisation’s new Glasgow space – following the opening of Frutta Rome in 2012.

The project attempts to mimic the viewership of the audience by introducing a visual dialogue between the visitors and the artworks. In Tolone’s immersive work, the form reveals a disordered, metaphoric nature. The familiar is made unfamiliar through scaling, repetition, material and removal – the disconnect is as uncanny as it is funny.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 12 noon-6pm

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