born in1989 in Sardinia, Italy
Minimalism and reduction… one of the first things the viewer notices when looking at the works of Federico Murgia. Owing to the tradition of conceptual, abstract artists, such as Sol LeWitt, who became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the native Sardinian (born 1989) places great importance on what is essential: lines, symbols, markings, the contrast of black and white. He manages to create rhythmical images without the use of striking colour combinations or motives. Here, he uses classic techniques, such as photography, graphic reproduction or drawing, and furthermore creates sculptures or technically complex light and sound installations.
Murgia is especially passionate about audio and sounds. This, he says, causes him to explore the correlations and relationships between sound, light and other immaterial elements of the world surrounding us in an artistic manner. At the same time, he explores how immateriality may be made into something tangible, namely by visualising chord progressions in his works. He uses all mediums mainly to create experiences, to trigger feelings and associations, rather than to generate actual objects.
The concept approach is continued by Murgia working in series, which carry titles such as “Dots” (2015), “Filling the void” (2016) or “One million dots” (2017). His preferred tool is a white permanent marker on black paper. The entire area – or the “void”, the emptiness of the underground in a literal sense – is filled with dots in a repetitive creative process. Here, mechanical precision and human moments are intertwined, namely when the artist does not proceed like a machine would, but where his signature is reflected in every dot. The surface is to be as even as possible, without seeming “flat”: rather, the respective impressions vary depending on the angle, incidence of light and distance between the viewer and the image. Here, Federico Murgia manages to expertly combine minimalistic image traditions with state-of-the-art techniques and contemporary ideas.
Oude Mariakerk, Zandvoort (Netherlands)
The drawing Hub, Berlin (Germany)
De Gym, Groningen (Netherlands)
„Two point Zero“, Laden Fuer Nichts, Leipzig (Germany)
"Gogbot", De Wonne, Enschede (Netherlands) Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Groningen (Netherlands)
Academie Minerva, Groningen (Netherlands)
Gallery Bart Invites, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Np3, Groningen (Netherlands)
Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen (Netherlands)
Waddenacademy, Terschelling (Netherlands)
“Immersioni sonore”, Circolo Transponsonic, Macomer (Italy)
„Night of art and Science“, Kunst- und Mediacampus, Hamburg (Germany)
Castello Angioino, Mola di Bari (Italy)
„Grafica d‘ Arte“, Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna (Italy)