Collettiva – Shine

Pietrasanta, 26 August – 30 September 2023


26 August – 30 September 2023


Via Garibaldi 16,
P.za Giordano Bruno 3

55054 Pietrasanta, LU


Wednesday – Sunday

11 am – 1 pm
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Opening, Saturday, August 26th 2023, at 7:00 PM

“Shine and Reflect. This is what explains, at least originally, the widespread belief in the magical-sacred nature of gold, gemstones, and glittering objects: their ability to capture light and give it back, to literally make it shine.” Marino Niola, anthropologist.

“Shine” exhibition presents the aniconic works of three artists, Ivan De Menis, Elisa Grezzani and David Lindberg, where the abstract quality of painting and the use of translucent materials become common denominators of researches that take color as light.

In the artworks of Ivan De Menis (Treviso, 1973), the semantic thinning goes hand in hand with the need to construct the pictorial discourse on controlled and systematic foundations. De Menis proceeds with the processing of the pictorial matter, layering the enamels, thickening the resins, bringing together foreign materials such as bubble wrap and polystyrene with pigment. In some works, the artist hints at the succession of painting time in tones, chromatic passages, “drops” of color, and the transparencies of glazes. Other times, instead, he freezes the pictorial matter in an effect of vitreous splendor: in this case, the chromatic surface seems to synchronously fix the temporal succession of painting gestures in a moment of eternity condensed in the brightness of color.

Elisa Grezzani’s paintings (Bressanone, 1986) instead arises from the composition of layers, contrasts of colors and shapes that generate a play of tensions on the pictorial surface. The materiality of oil and acrylic color is attenuated by a layer of resin spread over the entire work. Thanks to its transparency, the resin creates depth of field between the underlying colors and enhances plays of light on the surface of the painting, creating an atmosphere of suspension that invites contemplation. The works exhibited testify to the artist’s desire to find a balance between form and color, according to a concept of classicism where beauty remains a central theme to engage with. Grezzani places her work on the thin line that separates the beautiful from the ugly, the harmonic from the dissonant, to experiment with how far apparently contrasting forms and colors can resist next to each other.

To indulge chance to crystallize it into a work is the main intent of David Lindberg (Des Moines, USA, 1964). In the works exhibited, the American artist focuses on the movement of color in resin: he uses materials and pigments composed of resin to guide its unpredictable flow as they slowly harden. For each painting, he spreads the colors on the wooden board and lets the pigment and resin settle according to their differences in weight, viscosity, and volume. The colors move for over four hours: the material interacts with time and matures anarchic sinuosities of shapes and colors, in a patient waiting for revelations. Thus arise fluid visions, organic worlds, crystallized behind transparent flows of matter.

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