The Badass Italian Art Movement You've Never Heard Of
Let Gedi Sibony open the door to Arte Povera for ya.
Sure, Laura Lombardi looks to a broad swath of influences when she’s dreaming up pieces for her vintage-goes-modern jewelry line, but the aesthetic that’s been weighing heaviest on her mind? Arte Povera, which emerged in northern Italy in the late sixties and seventies and makes use of found material like car hoods, rocks, and glass. For Laura, who has Italian citizenship, the movement’s use of commonplace objects relates to how she incorporates rustic metal shapes into jewelry that still feels way elegant—and, hey, Arte Povera is having a bit of a renaissance besides. These are the four contemporary artists she says you gotta follow to feel in-the-know, Italian style.
"I'm interested in the suggestion of form that is present in her work and how she reduces the human form to object through her treatment of 'worn materials.' Some examples of this are sweaters encased in concrete and fabric pockets cast in bronze."
"I love how unapologetically rough and unpolished his work is—yet simultaneously delicate and articulate."
"The relationships she creates between objects, time, and space amaze me. She has the unique ability to make simple materials seem otherworldly."
"I really admire his treatment of natural and organic material and how, through his presentation, they are transformed into something more industrial."