BIO: Swiss and Italian artist Letizia Reuss graduated from Parsons New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Immediately after her graduation, she worked for industrial designer Karim Rashid. At the same time, she developed her own identity as an artist, participating in art shows, exhibiting also at the Gramercy Park International Art Fair, New York.
A dramatic oversight regarding explosive materials in her New York apartment caused the entire apartment to blow up. The accident curtailed her artistic confidence for some time. She went into the Swiss familial influence and entered the world of private banking for Credit Suisse in Zurich and Hong Kong. However the artistic spirits were always prevailing. A subsequent move to Vienna brought with it a return to Art. Letizia Reuss then focussed on jewellery, cufflinks and sculptures created and manufactured in her atelier in Bali under the brand name XVII+1. In 2009, she moved to London to pursue a Masters in Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins. Today she is a practicing artist with her atelier in London.
Witnessing the metamodernist bridge between Western and Eastern Art, Reuss creates artworks that transcend and refute the historical dichotomy of Western Art- created by the disagreeing philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, fingers pointing-referring to Raphaël’s “School of Athens”- either to the earth or to the sky. Nietzsche also evokes this duality between “Apollo and Dionysus which has bound the continual development of Art“. Reuss works morph the duality of Occidental philosophy soothingly into the yin-yang of the East. This is best exemplified by “Le Penseur” by Rodin as a dancer, Dionysus and Apollo in one.
THE DANCING THINKER: Letizia Reuss uses sound-sensor-to-motion animated robots coated with a soft and thus flexible plastic cover representing antique and Classic marble figures of long gone heroes and ideals. That rubber- a natural plastic- replaces the noble stones and marbles of the ancient sculpture is on purpose. The hollow sculptures, bend in their emptiness. Sont ce des îcones malades? No, they dance in rhythm at the sound of music. The Thinker of Rodin- in whom all recognize the image of the metaphysic aspiration of mankind- dancing- hopes to joyfully and cynically provoke the viewer not only into questioning the paradox inherent to human nature, but actually to morph it in a multicultural embrace into a yin-yang eastern vision where opposites are a whole.
ECOLOPOLITICAL FLOORS: L’artiste -Letizia Reuss- à l‘instar de l’homme d’aujourd’hui détruit la nature … With a cynical vision of the extrapolation of the destruction of our world by mankind the latex black floor- from which emerge broken trees, hollow books, empty bottles…- invites everyone to trample on it, to stumble, metaphorically emphasizing the destruction of earth by mankind. The aim of such an installation is to reinforce individually habits of peer pressure in regards to the each and everyone sense of responsibility towards our environment.
LES NATURES MORTES bring art expectations back to historical tradition of Plato ‘s imitation of nature. In the line of the ecolopolitical for, these bleak snapshots of hollow volumes, empty of their substance are hopefully provocative, sometimes enlightened the shiny red surface of an apple or a reminder of our colourful world. Imposing this vision, hoping to create change in our passivity. Provoking change in our behaviour towards the environment at the micro level.
FALLEN CLOUDS are a pure research which emerges as a simple artistic goal “à la Kant” of creating a new way of depicting clouds. Experimenting with new mediums to create new sensations, modest oh so modest emulator in this strive to represent clouds in the line of Turner, Matisse, Richter…
PHILOSOPHICAL RULERS …A nod , a reminder… a yearning for a philosophical ideal in our metamodernist* times, the philosophical rule or rulers can be seen as a take on consumerism or an ideal yard stick by which to measure ourselves in an ”AlaindeBottonish” way.
* referring to Plato’s metaxy, which intends a movement between opposite poles as well as beyond.
2.VI.1996 -10:00 1997 2005-2010 BALI 2009 “WE MOVE TO UK”
1995 Grammercy Park International Art Fair, New York
2002 Oesterreiche Werkstatte, Vienna
2003 Ernst Fuchs Gallery, Vienna
2007 Salesianergasse 8, Vienna
2009 Design Days, event promoting 30 Swiss designers selected by the magazine Edelweiss.
2008 Chalet FARB, Gstaad
2009 OLDEN, Gstaad
2010 OLDEN, Gstaad
2010 NEVAI, Verbier
2011 OLDEN, Gstaad
2011 Stadhaus, Interlaken -group show
2012 Gallery Nest, Geneva
2013 Adler, Gstaad -group show
2013 Gallery Nest, Geneva- group show
2013 The Other Art Fair*, London 17-20 October III. Baku Humanitarian Forum, speech on the impact of Art on multiculturalism and versa BAKU FORUM FINAL SPEECH PROPOSAL
* After Frieze the biggest art fair during London Art Week