“Something that is non-existent at the moment it is made concrete, regardless of how absurd, ramshackle or with little rational sense, in some way it becomes more real than reality.”
For their work at TOAST Project Space, Enne Boi (1989) imagined the space as a temporary shop for a record label specialising in soundtracks from erotic films, Facciatosta Records. TOAST has once again been transformed through the power of ideas, taking on four shelves filled with the polychrome covers of the 45s, painted over according to the imagination of the artist, and with the giant logo in black and white on the outside wall.
The Opening night at TOAST brought together all the characteristics for the opening of a temporary shop: preliminary distribution of flyers in the sector channels and a set by DJ Per Signora (Luigi Presicce, in the role of curator), who invited the public to come and scratch the records.
Everything you would expect, with just one little note: Facciatosta Records doesn’t exist. The installation was set up as a representation of the essence of making art, overturning preconceptions, restoring imagination and creation to its primary role, and overcoming the distinction between reality and fiction. Enne Boi chose the vinyl 45s and painted their covers based on an interpretation of eroticism in cinema and the TV sex-comedies of the 1970s, a nostalgic and ironic evocation of an imaginary past, whose archetypes appear in a light that is coloured by judgements and moralistic incursions.
The idea of Facciatosta Records traces its origins in conversations between Enne Boi and Luigi Presicce, in which they explored the relationship between art and music and the breaking of taboos; on one side the sacredness of paintings, on the other the untouchability of vinyl records. In this installation, Enne Boi not just tests these types of relationships through challenging them, but also rethinks the traditional relationship between space, artwork and spectator, presenting a work that is disruptive in its immediacy. This is why such an installation should find its natural home at TOAST, it’s not just that it find itself outside of the patterns of institutional domination and does not dwell on the contour and form, a tendency that usually moves away from the dialogue and the art itself, but also because it becomes an expression of a type of language that aims to get to the heart of the content.
Enne Boi was born in Cantù (Como) in 1989. From 2008 to 2010 he attended the course of Painting and Visual Arts at NABA in Milan, where he founded the F84 collective together with Nicolò Bruno, Gianluca Craca, Ronny Franceschini, Giulia Serafini and Cecilia Valagussa, with whom he worked for four years creating countless participatory art projects. In 2013 he moved to Gent, in Belgium, where he took a degree in Fine Arts at the KASK School of Arts and won first prize in Stitching René Bruynseraede – De Witte voor Multimediale Vormgeving. From 2014 he began to collaborate with the Archiaar Gallery (Brussels) and his work was featured in solo and collective exhibitions in institutions and museums throughout Europe, including Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum (Amarante), Museu de l’Empordà (Figueres), San Pietro in Atrio (Como), Centre de la Gravure Museum (La Louvièr), Centre Culturel Le Beffroi (Montrouge), Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg (Heist-op-den-Ber), Royal Military Museum (Brussels) and Croxhapox (Gent). He currently lives and works in Bologna.
Luigi Presicce was born in Porto Cesareo in 1976 and lives in Florence. In 2007 he participated in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive Fondazione Antonio Ratti, in Como, with the artist Joan Jonas. In 2008 he attended a workshop in Viafarini with the artist Kim Jones. In Milan, in 2008, he launched Brownmagazine and Brown Project Space. In 2011 he founded Archiviazioni in Lecce. In 2012 he took part in the Artists in Residence programme at MACRO, Rome, extending the invitation to nine other artists. From 2010 he has been involved in the Lu Cafausu project which promotes La festa dei vivi (which reflects on the nature of death), with whom he was invited to AND AND AND at dOCUMENTA13, in Kassel. Since 2016 he has been a member of Fondazione Lac o le Mon, in San Cesario, Lecce. With Francesco Lauretta he created the Scuola di Santa Rosa in Florence in 2017. He participated in the Studio Program 2018 at Artists Alliance inc, in New York. In 2018 and 2019 he curated: the Simposio di pittura at the Fondazione Lac o le Mon, Extemporanea-play, at Trebisonda, Perugia, and Forme uniche nella continuità dello spazio, at the Rizzuto Gallery in Palermo. He has won prizes such as the Epson Art Prize, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2007), Premio Talenti Emergenti, CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2011) and Long Play, MAGA, Gallarate (2012). Since 2012 he has been involved in the performance cycle, Le Storie della Vera Croce, and in a training project called The Academy of immobility.