Opening Lottozero @Studio House

Anna M. Rose, Homo Bulla

Opening 05/09/2019, 7 pm
artist talk 06 ∕09 ∕2019, 5 pm


The exhibition by American artist, Anna M. Rose, is the third in a series of three presented by Lottozero at the Museion Studio House. Black balls wrapped in clumps of synthetic hair make up the installation by Anna M. Rose at the Studio House. The different sized balls are mobile – the public can touch and move them and become part of a playful experience. The invitation, however, is not just to play a childish game but to make contact with the material around the ball. Shapeless and filamentous synthetic hair, displaced and hypertrophic, generates an uncanny effect, which borders on repulsion.

By highlighting the ambiguity of gestures and materials extrapolated from their original contexts, Homo Bulla reverses the image of hair usually attributed to femininity, beauty and vanity. At the same time, the artist stages a reflection on time and human life. The title of the exhibition, Homo Bulla, states that human life is a bubble, fragile and fleeting, and makes reference to the philosopher, Erasmo da Rotterdam (1467-1536). The imaginary, which the artist evokes is, therefore, linked to soap bubbles – a re-occurring element in antique paintings and Vanitas representations, still lifes like allegory of the transience and elusiveness of life.

The installation by Anna M. Rose is completed by a new series of videos by the artist. In these works, the camera has isolated a particular piece taken from the world lexicon of games (ball, rope and stick), which is obsessively reiterated until it finally dissolves the pleasure of fun in a dangerously threatening sense.

Curated by Alessandra Tempesti

Anna M. Rose (1982, Massachusetts, USA; lives and works in Florence) creates states of ambiguity or perceived alienation with which she corrodes the clichés linked to femininity, while simultaneously reflecting on the passing of time, identity and memory. The use of synthetic hair is a recurring motif in her work, articulated in the diverse expressive means of sculpture, installation, video and photography. She studied Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her most recent exhibitions include: Hawnhekk, with Jennie Suddick, Spaziju Kreattiv, Gozo, Malta, 2018; Primavera in sospeso, with Jennie Suddick, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, CA, 2018; Party of One (solo exhibition), Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, 2017; Apres Coup Dischiusure, TAI – Tuscan Art Industry, Prato, IT, 2015; Performing Mythologies, Colorado Art Center, Denver, CO, 2015.

Foto Anna M. Rose, The Dunes, from the series “Hair Does”, 2013-2015. Courtesy of the artist