The exhibition that closes the winter season (3 December/3 March) focuses on matter and colour and investigates the potential of fabric as a means of expression through the research of four artists: Mauro Capelli, Maria Anastasia Colombo, Angela Filippini and Linda Pellegrini.
With their own peculiar technique and poetics, the artists presented achieve surprising results between figuration and abstraction starting from a textile material bound by acrylic colours, mortar and plaster according to each case. It is indeed a thread of fabric that is the common denominator linking the work of these four artists, different in background and language, who have found in fabric a surprising medium to express themselves.
Colour and form, the primary elements of painting, are decisively present in the works of Mauro Capelli (Bergamo, 1960). But it is the use of an unusual and poor material such as gauze that, becoming his stylistic signature, makes the difference and makes his works recognisable. A light textile material that, impregnated with colour, bends to the artist’s creativity in the creation of its content. His marked chromatic sensitivity allows him to play with the colours of a palette that is always dosed and never ordinary in which the use of chiaroscuro, light and shade, ton-sur-ton or contrasts, is entrusted to the transparency of the gauze. It is precisely these effects of light and shadow that ‘draw’ the subject.
Maria Anastasia Colombo (Monza, 1973) has made ribbon and weaving her artistic vocabulary with which she creates art objects that are difficult to classify as paintings and sculptures. Never as in her case are creativity and imagination supported and developed by great manual skills and execution technique that she also applies to scenography on a large scale.
A research conducted with a double thread in fashion and art is intertwined in the works of Angela Filippini (Riccione, 1959), which would be superficial to classify simply as materic works. Where the works of the most renowned modern and contemporary artists are realised by adding and superimposing different materials on the surface of the canvas, the artist subtracts part of the material that constitutes the canvas itself. Hers thus becomes an art of subtraction where the action of removing threads of warp and weft allows her to weave a narrative that is both lyrical and abstract. The canvas is no longer just a support, but becomes the protagonist of the work through a special technique of fraying and restitution and constitutes the starting point for investigating new possibilities and other meanings. The destructive action performed on the canvas becomes almost a cathartic ritual of inner excavation that succeeds in bringing out the soul from the canvas. But also the soul of the artist.
Poems translated through the language of colours: this is the meaning of Linda Pellegrini‘s artistic research (Milan, 1968). On her canvases and sculptures created using acrylic paints, fabric gauzes and wood, the artist manages to instil such harmony that a vibration seems to come from the works. The careful and measured use of colour accentuates the sense of musicality of a composition that is seemingly simple in its linearity but infinitely complex in its execution. With hints of gold and silver leaf, the artist ennobles rough surfaces and poor materials such as wood and fabric gauze, while with the superimposition of several layers of gauze and plays of transparencies she gives the work three-dimensionality. The result is a work of precision that does not lose its poetic and emotional charge in the careful and methodical execution.
ARCgallery via Spalto Piodo,10 – Monza
EXHIBITION HOURS: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 7 pm.