Sandro del Rosario

Simultaneous Visions: The City Rises
In Residence: January 2 – February 22, 2008
Opening Reception: February 21, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition: continues through March 2, 2008

Sandro Del Rosario is an experimental filmmaker who returns to PlatteForum for his second artist residency. In the summer of 2006, he worked in residence on his film Lo Sguardo Italiano and with ArtLab youth to help them create animated shorts about their sense of place. For the 2008 residency, Sandro worked with ArtLab youth in Learning Labs to create an installation of visual and motion art. He built on the ideas of early 20th-century Italian Futurists, and their visual push towards the representation of movement. The 1910 painting “La citta’ che sale” (The City Raises) by Umberto Boccioni was the inspiration for this project with its use of vibrant color and dynamic shape to represent the kinetic magnificence of urban renovation. Using a downtown Denver site as subject matter, Sandro and youth created films and transformed PlatteForum into the cinematic installation called Simultaneous Visions: The City Rises.

About the Artist
Sandro is from Pescara, Italy and has worked in design and film in Bologna, Milan, Florence, London, New York, and Los Angeles. In 1998, Sandro was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and received his MFA in film/video with an emphasis in “experimental animation” from the California Institute of Arts. Since then, he has received numerous awards and residencies around the world. In 2004, he won first prize for his film L Cityat the LaTarantola Festival and first prize at the Sonar Film Festival in Italy. In 2003, Sandro was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin and also won the Kodak prize for best cinematography at the Siena International Short-Film Festival in Italy. Sandro received the Bogliasco Foundation for the Advanced Studies of Literature and Arts (2005, 2007) and residencies at prestigious McDowell Colony (2005, 2007), Yaddo (2006), Djerassi (2007), Breckenridge (2006), and Santa Fe Art Institute (2008).

Lo Sguardo Italiano
Lo Sguardo Italiano (The Italian Gaze), is an experimental 16mm animation film-in-progress that explores cultural identity and memory. This impressionistic journey juxtaposes landscapes, monuments, human presence, space and time. Sandro prints images out in single frame, then re-draws and re-scans them for frame-by-frame animation.

The film documents the exhibition at PlatteForum created by Sandro Del Rosario and youth in PlatteForum’s ArtLab program.