Untitled (Delta, Santa Barbara Airlines and Avianca)
This work was created using airplane blankets collected from a variety of sources—including a recent trip by the artist's friend and from strangers on eBay. Teoldi cuts up, reassembles, stitches and stretches these blankets over frames, transforming the hidden histories and memories of the recycled materials into a delicate meditation. This composition is part of a series of large stitched works depicting figures engaged in intimate gestures, including cradled heads and extended hugs.
Teoldi's work explores notions of connection, memory, intimacy and queer desire. The artist's practice employs a variety of easily accessible materials—including airline blankets, stones and cement—that allow Teoldi to engage with the different histories of the found objects while also shaping new narratives.
Alessandro Teoldi’s practice encompasses textile, sculpture, drawing and installation to explore connection, memory, intimacy and queer desire. For his works, the artist fastidiously sources a variety of easily accessible materials, including airline blankets, stones and cement. Teoldi’s resourcefulness allows his work to engage with the different histories of these found objects—while simultaneously transforming the sourced materials into new narratives.
Alessandro Teoldi was born in 1987 in Milan, Italy. In 2013, the artist received an MFA from ICP-Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Exhibitions of Teoldi’s work have taken place at: Flag Art Foundation in New York City; Magazzino Italian Art in New York City; Marinaro in New York City; 11 Rivington in New York City; Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York City; Suprainfinit Gallery in Bucharest, Romania; Galerie Derouillon in Paris, France; Viasaterna in Milan, Italy; Assembly Room in New York City; The Camera Club of New York at Baxter St in New York City; The Cabin in Los Angeles, California; and the International Center of Photography in New York City; among others.
Teoldi was one of the 2018 residents at La Brea Artist Residency in Los Angeles, California and a 2015 Workspace resident at Baxter St at The Camera Club of New York.
Teoldi lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This work was created using airplane blankets—collected from a variety of sources—cut up, stitched, reassembled and stretched over frames. The composition, depicting a delicate gesture, transforms the hidden histories and memories of the recycled materials into a delicate meditation.More