Tami’s Quest 2016 Gouache su carta
This exhibition, presented for the occasion of the 5th edition of the Manor Ticino Award, comprises a series of paintings by Marco Scorti, the young Ticinese artist born in Lugano in 1987, who currently divides his time between Ticino and Geneva, the city where he undertook his artistic training and received his Diploma from the Haute École d’Art et Design in 2013. Since his graduation, his work has become the subject of rapidly growing interest, garnering major awards and leading to him joining a select group of only ten artists under 30 years of age who have received the the Kiefer- Hablitzel Prize. The ordinary and anonymous places of everyday life, on the boudaries of urbanised space, lie at the heart of Scorti’s pictorial research. Created from visual collages and mental reconstructions, these spaces of the present become, thanks in no small part to his technical mastery, scenes of mysterious, suspended narration from which the human figure is completely absent. The exhibition includes a number of works realized by the artist especially for this occasion. Established in 1982 on the initiative of Philippe Nordmann, the Manor Award now stands as not only one of the most prestigious and coveted prizes, but also one of the most effective means of promotion in the contemporary Swiss art scene. With a presence in twelve Swiss cities and regions, the award targets artists under forty years of age from across the full range of the visual arts. The objective of the prize, which is awarded every two years, is to offer a wider audience to the work of artists who have not yet gained particular renown, and thereby add significant impetus to their artistic careers.