Monday, September 9, 2013

Hidden Geometries - My new photo exhibit at Tanalois Gallery

I never tried painting. Although I've been an art lover since my college days, I always had known that brushes and canvas aren't for me. But I saw thousands of painted images, in galleries and museums or on books and on the Web. I'm fascinated by them.

Saying something using colors, shadows and shapes instead of talking is much more powerful and it tells me even more than the best novel or poem. So, I take pics, but I don't forget painting. 20th Century's mixed up the new photography art to the traditional ones: paintings and photos influence, combine and interchange each others; rules of painting passed to photography, the photographer's eye changed the painter's one. Many great artists, from the Avantgardes to today are both painters and photographer.

Neither painting and photography copy the "real world". After all, neither our eyes do it. We build our reality, despite eye's or camera's lenses seem reproducing it. Seeing is creating, selecting parts of the world, ignoring or ehancing details, slightly changing the point of view, giving our own meanings to things by remembering or imagining past visions, concepts and ideas.

The way modern art started doing this is simplifying: minimalism is the common trend that most of avantgardes share. Abstractism is the name we give to the most outstanding art's trends of the past century. Proportions, colors, geometries make the image, neglecting "real" shapes. It makes us thinking in pure shapes, ruled more by geometry and by color theory than by "real world's" laws, even when they design "real" things.

I wanted to contaminate my photography by the features of modern art: my photographer's eye is always looking beyond the reality, isolating even the most trivial details to express the ideas they bring to, catching unusual relationships between void and objects. Second Life graphics helps a lot: its simplified shapes, its clean skylines, even its roughest edges make clearer the essential and suggesting shapes of the world.

Painter's suggestions aren't conscious; they come from a deep stack of memories, flashes and studies I strongly feel when I take or work on a picture.

I want to dedicate these works to all people who think that reality (natural or virtual) tells us something about ourselves.

A preview slideshow can be see at:

PyramidCafè TV presented the exhibit on a thoughtful video here:

1 comment:

  1. I want to thank all who came to the opening and appreciated my work. I've been excited seeing so many friends and art lovers gathered there!
    And thanks to Quan Lavender and Ziki Questi for their kind words in rewieving the exhibit:


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