Uruguay & Argentina residency
Title Division of a painting space according to the local symbology
Two week art residency between Uruguay’s capital Montevideo and Mar del Plata in Argentina with Associazione Ottovolante.
Montevideo: I wanted to conceptually base my work on a defining element of the capital city and, more generally, Uruguay, such as the patronage of St. Philip, as a link to the people's customs of the geographical area in which the mural is located.
The straight line passing through the hand is in fact a subtle reference to the horizontality of St. Philip's cross, which is traditionally depicted sideways, contrary to the common vertical representation of the cross symbol.
As if the patron would lay a marking element into the composition, separating foreground and background of the very same picture of which he is part, such pure graphic element, a line, is set to cover the horizon point between the frontal plain surface below the hand and the background, generating a duality of feelings: on one hand acting as a neat spacial division of a picture; on the other hand, seeming to somehow disrupt the boundaries between front and back as known in figurative painting, resulting in a declaration of "art as art" (or better "painting as art"), embracing the mural's bidimensional defining trait despite the attempt of capturing real life that lies beneath the traditional ideals of figuration.
Title Ouroboros V: Semi-brutal
Mar del Plata: Indoor mural at the faculty of architecture of the local Univesity and second intervention as part of the Ottovolante residency.
Inspired by the shapes of brutalist architecture, Semi-Brutal is a free approach on depicting a hand and its structural lines and shapes, as an attempt to push the boundaries between figuration and abstractism.