Robert Bosisio, 2018, oil on canvas (Detail)
curated by Sabine Gamper
Vernissage: 14/12/2018 7 pm
Galleria Doris Ghetta is exhibiting the latest series of works by Robert Bosisio, all produced in 2018. In them, his pictorial approach and subjects are much more diverse than in previous works, though a number of familiar themes return. In the new series, in fact, portraits and pictures of clouds and rooms seen through open doors appear once more. Yet the atmosphere evoked by these images is more unusual, more narrative. Some of the new works are characterised by citations from metaphysical painting. And photography plays more of a role, with Bosisio transcending his previously direct work on photographic images to produce surfaces whose colours appear, in part, to have been changed with camera filters. The works are also characterised by a certain atmospheric density, which gives them a vibrant aura. Here shades of colour are have been transformed to some extent from the old pale grey to a darker blue and green. Another element that is back again is that of blurring, the result of a slightly more expressive use of paint and brushstrokes. In these works, Bosisio is less interested in showing the viewer the brilliant light of transcendent worlds and more in capturing our gaze with soft corporeal surfaces and disquieting abysses. The openings and orifices of the human body appear in the form of irritating black eyes or warty abstract forms. Bosisio has already studied the theme of bodily openings in his works, but in these latest ones the context turns from the romantic to the disturbing. Opening into space should be seen as a metaphysical overriding of reality, its geometrical construction included. Bosisio presents these new works, too, as fields full of pulsating colours, which expand into vibrant surfaces to create transcendent bodies and spaces. Once more at the centre of the artist’s concerns we find elements such as the management of the real and the magical, the concrete and the ephemeral, spatial experience and unseen perception. Bosisio’s painting never coagulates at a single point in the canvas, but appears as a multitude of small dots and many-coloured brushstrokes that the eye assembles into homogenous surfaces and chromatic phenomena. These give his works objectivity and depth, abstraction and surface. Intense brightness and, sometimes, sombre darkness are the exceptional characteristics of these otherwise delicate paintings. We the viewers should always move around in front of them, because each has to be observed from a different distance, and most can be experienced from a distance and close up, their perception varying according to the space that separates us from the work. The closer we get to the image, the more it dissolves before our eyes and becomes an abstract surface. Through his works, Bosisio asks us to adopt a more mindful vision, even adding grids to some of them. In reality, any immersion in the work of Robert Bosisio should be seen as an immersion in the iridescent chiaroscuro depth of painting.
Rudy Cremonini, 2018, (Detail)
curated by Sabine Gamper
Vernissage: 14/12/2018 7 pm
Following his one-man show in 2016, at the Galleria Doris Ghetta Rudy Cremonini is now presenting a selection of his latest works, almost all of them produced in 2018. Cremonini was born in 1981 in Bologna, where he studied at the Fine Arts Academy. He belongs to a generation of younger artists all devoted to painting, which they practice with a fresh style, unpretentiously but unconditionally. Notwithstanding its representational nature, Cremonini’s art is characterised not by an academic feel but by the very free approach – one might even describe it as bold and generous – with which it describes a world suspended halfway not only between reality and dreams, but also between figuration and abstraction. Considering the last two years of his production, it is possible to observe the incredible density of meaning Cremonini has now achieved in his paintings with his sweeping brushstrokes, monochromatic palette and desire to pare down his subjects.
What is most striking about the new works is certainly the bold brushstrokes with which the artist describes his subjects, using only a few vibrant, moving lines with a limited selection of warm colours. Cremonini’s subjects seem to dissolve in colour, blending into themselves, while being, at the same time, defined by the colour itself. The choice of colours varies little in the paintings, the artist opting for expansive, mainly monochromatic backgrounds against which people, animals and plants stand out in an equally spare chromatic palette of only a few shades. Cremonini captures and reproduces the nature of each situation with precision simply through the paler or darker lines and surfaces with which he accentuates the outlines of figures and single parts of the body. The subjects selected by Rudy Cremonini for the works on show are nudes sitting on sofas or in armchairs, their postures and the position of their limbs and other parts of their bodies revealing their mood or special state of mind. There are also depictions of large wild plants occupying whole rooms and growing luxuriantly in space. In other paintings, the artist makes exotic animals – a pair of monkeys, penguins, Chinese tigers, a watchdog – stand out against background landscapes. On show in the small room to the rear of the exhibition are black-and-white paintings that offer an overview of the same subjects. The series, however, is enhanced by a desire to study the theme of classical sculpture in a context of romantic settings, for example in the form of statues on pedestals or in romantic gardens.
Cremonini’s scenes are notable for their melancholic, even disturbing appearance and only hint at a reality they don’t even seem to come from. They are reminiscent more of a world of dreams, memories and fears, conjuring up images, which, far from representing reality, surface from the depths of our imagination. The title of the exhibition, ‘Limbo’, refers to a middle space, to an indefinable world of the soul suspended over multiple layers, which belongs not to everyday reality but describes, rather, our feelings and memories.
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