Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Simon Starling
F as in Foglia

27 May — 22 October 2011

Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition at the gallery by Simon Starling.

F as in Foglia continues Simon Starlingʼs interest in the redeployment of the manufacturing and design history of Turin pursued over his 10 year long relationship with Galleria Franco Noero, as well as his ongoing interrogation of the processes used in the making of his own work - from the age-old crafts of boat building or mask making, to the high-tech world of steel fabrication or computer-guided milling.

In this new work produced specifically for the small shop-front space on Piazza Santa Giulia in central Turin, Starling has collaborated with the sign writer Laura Panfani, who is continuing to nurture the tradition of sign making established in large part by her teacherʼs, the celebrated sign makers Insegne Cucco who throughout the 20th century did much to shape the feel of Turinʼs characteristic retail signage.

Simon Starlingʼs six hybrid glass ʻsignsʼ track the processes used in this traditional form of sign making. The six images that constitute the final work, document the initial production of a single black and gold glass panel that evocatively spells out the Italian word ʻfogliaʼ (leaf) in reference to the gold leaf (foglia dʼoro) used in a process known as ʻfinta incavaturaʼ (fake indentation) that creates elegant, seemingly three-dimensional letters on a flat sheet of glass.

Starlingʼs somewhat abstracted photographic images have been “feed back” into the sign making process through the additional use of silkscreen printing that is in turn underscored by Panfaniʼs subsequent application of layers of gold leaf and paint.


Simon Starling (Epsom, UK 1967) lives and works in Copenhagen. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2005 and teaches Fine Arts at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Among his recent solo exhibitions in public Institutions and participations in International Biennials: ‘Recent History’, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2011); ‘Recent History’, CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain, (2010); THEREHERETHENTHERE (Works 1997 - 2009), Musee D’Art Contemporain Du Val-De-Marne (MAC/VAL), Vitry-sur-Seine, France, and Parc Saint Léger - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, ‘Under Lime’, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, ‘Fare Mondi/Making worlds’, 53rd Venice Biennial (2009); ‘Cuttings (Supplement)’, The Power Plant, Toronto, ‘The Nanjing Particles’, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, ‘Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpretations and Bifurcations’, Ludwig Muzeum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary, Biennale de Lyon, France (2008); ‘Nachbau’, Museum Folkwang, Essen, ‘Particle Projection (Loop), Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, ’8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2007)

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