Jun 28 – Aug 31, 2012

Michele Bubacco is an autodidact born in 1983 on the island of Murano in Venice, where he still lives and works today. The island is renowned for its fine-glass industry, which dates back to the 13th century. The artistic language Bubacco has developed is permeated with the artistic influences he absorbed from his surroundings and especially from his father, the glass artist Lucio Bubacco. After studying painting with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi from 2002 until 2004 and gaining further expertise in glass-fusing with the artist Miriam Di Fiore in 2005, Bubacco opened a studio in Murano and began to take part in exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. A major highlight was the mounting of the monumental painting Crimson Orchestra at a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2011. The exhibition "Whitegray" marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Israel, and it focuses on work from series painted during the past five years - including works he created during his stay in Israel in the months preceding the exhibition. The very large paintings carry on a dialogue with the rich history of Venice as a cultural center with hedonistic attributes, in an expressive painting language that reveals the distress and even violence that are bound up with pleasure.

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