We love supporting exciting events that represent what ID3 stands for, especially when there’s a local connection, which is why we’re so pleased to be sponsoring former Bradford-on-Avon resident Jim Rattenbury during this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale – a contemporary visual art exhibition that opens in Venice this weekend.
Now in its 58th year, the Biennale provides a platform for some of the world’s most exciting and talented artists from across the globe, including America, Canada, India and, for the first time this year, Ghana, Madagascar and Algeria. Various venues are used across the city, but the focal point is undoubtedly the historic pavilions at the Giardini, a beautiful area of parkland right in the heart of Venice.
Jim is exhibiting his work under the umbrella of the European Cultural Centre (the ECC), a charitable institution based in Holland that invites artists to exhibit in Venice during the Biennale. His installation piece is entitled ‘Passages’ and will be on show in the iconic Palazzo Bembo, just a few meters from the landmark Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal. It forms part of a wider ECC exhibit entitled ‘Personal Structures-Identities’, a stimulating and exciting group show that incorporates a broad selection of work from emerging and internationally-renowned artists, photographers and sculptors from all over the world, as well as projects by various academic institutions. The exhibitions hosted by the ECC run throughout the duration of the Biennale itself and are all free to visit.
“My piece has been made using objects, film and sound to create an immersive environment,” explained Jim, “and draws on themes of transformation, voyage, memory and ritual”. They are all concepts that Team ID³ can readily relate to, especially the idea of transformation, as we regularly embark on bespoke digital marketing journeys with our clients and help them evolve and change their businesses to suit their needs.
A Bradford-on-Avon resident for around 20 years, Jim trained at the College of Art in Cheltenham and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, London. Having exhibited solo throughout Europe, his previous commissions have included installations for Nestlé UK, the Royal Mint and Henley Music Festival. Working in both two and three dimensions, Jim has built a strong reputation for bold, representative pieces that invite viewers in: “When I paint, I create a window into another space and at the same time, an object which is a part of this world,” Jim said. “Painting is an act of constant intuitive decision making; adding, eliminating, adjusting, until there is nothing there unless it contributes to the whole. When the work is done, it’s often the smallest of marks, the tiniest change, which has brought it to its conclusion.”
This summer will be Jim’s first time exhibiting during the renowned Venice Biennale and he’s really looking forward to it: “I’m proud and honoured to have been invited by the European Cultural Centre to take part this year. The Biennale is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious arts events in the world, and I’m grateful to the support and partnership of ID3 in helping me participate in this important exhibition.”
You can find out more about Jim’s installation and his wider work here. To explore the full list of ECC participating artists, go to the ECC website or if you would like to find out more about the 2019 Venice Biennale, click here. The event runs 11 May-24 November and if you’re planning a visit to Venice to see some of the fantastic work on show, then don’t be shy – share with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages! And remember, if you need help with any aspect of social media or digital marketing, then get in touch by commenting below or contacting us via any of the links at the bottom of this page. See you in Venice…!