On the occasion of Art Basel Miami 2015, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center and Grupo Mahs are pleased to announce Synapses a solo exhibition by Serena Scapagnini. Curated by Miguel Angel Hernandez Santana.

Serena Scapagnini’s most recent work focuses on neurons.

Rhythm, combined with the transparency of the paper, defines an interior landscape inspired by fluorescent neuroimaging and evokes both the synapse and the intuition of our own light. Synapses is a project dedicated to the mind and It has been developed in collaboration with the Higley Lab - Program in Cellular Neuroscience of the Yale School of Medicine, New York.

The exhibition includes several works that will be presented for the first time in the US. Among those, ‘Now’ was prompted by and includes an original in vivo video, unpublished before. ‘Devotion’ is outlined as an inner pulse that combines the growth of the living forms in their spontaneous tension to ascend. The ascentional function of a logarithmic spiral is what describes it.

The painting matter which is dense and stratified at the lower end grows into etheric forms rarefying and dissolving into the white. The dendritic branches are treated through different media, that allow the images to dissolve and the layers of color surrender to the white face of the paper.

The paper has become an essential component of her current paintings because of its transparency and delicacy in response to the smallest chromatic operation. The support is specifically prepared in an acid solution in order to facilitate the image’s rarefaction. Through the variation of density, she unrolls hyperboles of increasing white. Thus the possibility of thoughtlessness that approaches an instant of interior silence.

Brain activity is observed starting from the electrical and biochemical signaling within neurons dendritic arbors that form our thoughts. Going beyond them, her work suggests to experience the mind as an instrument of transcendence.

Serena Scapagnini was born in 1983 in Rome, Italy. She graduated in Semiotics and History of Religion at La Sapienza University, Rome and she began her art education in Paris (Paris VIII) and then New York, where she studied at the School of Visual Arts.

Her work has been shown and collected in United States, India, Sweden, Hungary, Italy.

She lives and works in Rome.

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