Residency Unlimited


Talks | Feb 15 2024 1:00pm

Meet Over Lunch: A Presentation by Elisa Bertaglia and Gabriele Grones

Installation view - Elisa Bertaglia, A Dance, 2023, oil on rose gold, 6x4 in each

Thursday February 15, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (main green church doors), Brooklyn NY 11231 (map)

Brooklyn-based Italian artists Elisa Bertaglia and Gabriele Grones present their work made during their recent artist residencies at RU. Elisa Bertaglia analyzes the processing of mourning through artistic practice, starting from the study of ancient Korean epitaphs preserved at the Brooklyn Museum to create a series of highly symbolic paintings and works. Gabriele Grones' research focuses on the connections between different cultures. His paintings stem from his study of the symbolism of Native American sacred plants, their meanings, and their presence in different artistic traditions.

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RU Meet Over Lunch : A Presentation by Elisa Bertaglia and Gabriele Grones


Elisa Bertaglia is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She receiver her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy. Bertaglia has presented her work internationally in various venues, galleries and museums, including: Hic sunt Leones, solo show at Palazzo Madama, Turin, Italy (2020); CAF - Nebula, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saitama, Japan (2019); Cendriers, MZ Galerie, Augsburg, Germany (2019); Progetto Borca, Borca, Italy (2014); 54th Venice Biennale, Academy Pavilion, Arsenale, Venice, Italy (2011); Art and Science, Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy (2010).

Her work has been selected for various awards including Exibart Prize (Rome, Italy); Arte Laguna Prize (Venice, Italy); Sunny Art Prize (London, United Kingdom); OTTN (Milan, Italy); Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice, Italy). Previously Bertaglia has participated in artist residencies such as ESKFF, at MANA Contemporary (Jersey City), Kunstraum (Brooklyn), Dolomiti Contemporanee and Progetto Borca (Italy). Her works are included in public institutions and permanent collections such as the City of Milan Collection, Banca Sistema, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, and the Bronx Museum.

Gabriele Grones is a painter and visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy. Grones took part in two editions of the Venice Biennale: Atelier Aperti in 2005 and Lo Stato dell’Arte – Art Academies Pavilion in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions in 2022 include Gabriele Grones. Conversazioni at Ca' Pesaro, Museum of Modern Art in Venice. His work has also been exhibited in venues such as: National Portrait Gallery (London); Royal Society of Painters (London); MEAM Museum (Barcelona); MART Museum (Rovereto); Palazzo Fulcis Museum (Belluno, Italy); Fort Wayne Museum (IN, USA); Museum of Arts (Cluj, Romania), National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta); Volkskunstmuseum (Innsbruck). Grones was selected for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2008), and is also the winner of the Level 0 Prize from Ca' Pesaro, Museum of Modern Art in Venice at Art Verona (2020). In 2016 he was selected for an artist residency at ESKFF Foundation at MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, USA.