Harmony in Art
bCA Galleries, in proud to partner with the Czech Republic and Italian consulates to present an exquisite exhibition of art from the European Union. The works of premier contemporary Italian artists with diverse ways of expressing their artistic creativity will find a platform to showcase their talents at the:
Consulate General of the Czech Republic,
5,G. Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai – 400 026
16th January – 15th February, 2007
Tuesday, 16th January, 6.00 pm onwards
The exhibition is the brainchild of Mrs. Irena Krasnicka, Consul General. She has been supported in this venture by the Italian consulate and bCA Galleries is honoured to have been approached to present the artists at the exhibition. The aim is to present a synergy of art and culture to the art viewers of Mumbai. Art indeed has no boundaries and these two countries of the European Union wish to emphasise the fact that artistic expression is not limited to any one country or region but is a universal expression of the creativity and vision of men from around the world.
The artists whose works will be displayed at the exhibition are Italian by nationality but their soul is truly international. They are:
Azelio Corni emphasizes the human effort in creation of art. He bemoans the use of computerisation that is becoming prevalent in the art arena abroad. In fact he feels that “art is what separates man from machines.” He uses raw canvas and charcoal to produce monumental works that overwhelm and at the same time offer to the eye of the viewer uncanny moments. One could get lost in the maze of concentric circles he weaves or experience a warm protected feeling in his interconnecting mesh of lines. His work redefines space and offers a new perspective to the Indian viewer.
Lucia Pescador uses her preferred medium of canvas and paper support. Lucia is enchanted by the art of the 1900’s and has drawn inspiration from the works of that period. She prefers to paint using her left hand to withdraw from the precision that comes with the right. Vases seem to dominate the works giving the viewer the initial impression of still life, until closer observation reveals the masterful play of light and shadows. The inscriptions demand attention. The shades tell their own story of struggle, domination and subservience. The other works show a surprising control and deep understating of architecture and interiors, there is a precision to the composition which can only be achieved by years of practiced study. One stands in awe before the visual demonstration of human concentration that raises art to the level of a science and yet retains its elusive nature, leaving all works open to interpretation.
Michele Lombardelli explores the dark side of human nature in his first solo show in India. He deals with the mind of the serial killer and delves into the shadows that lurk in the deranged minds that have no regard for life or social norms. Michele says of his works, which he creates by using oil on Japanese paper that sign and design converge in a few extremely dense centimeters of space expanding across the entire page. This reduction to minimum visibility is a constant; for the rest he prefers subjects and objects of little externality, that is, things “strictly personal,” latent, vague, dangerous, full of shadow and light. In this case they are faces, lines upon lines drawn over each other again and again, with doggedness and acidity, even with a certain autoerotic pleasure, with a slight nod to somber European expressionism—decadent, dry, veiled and violent. “My drawing is an emotional, reflexive drawing, sometimes in little, very little space.”
Bruno di Lecce has chosen to let the colours take their own path. Just as no matter how hard Man tries, he can never tame Nature, so too the artist has not tried to tame the colours and they have infused his work with a sense of rebellion and freedom. Aspects of normal, everyday living seem spirited with his treatment of the subject. The linearity of human creation juxtaposed against the wild abandon of Nature compels one to explore his works further.
Lino Mannocci’s images are quietly captivating. Using a palette of soft blues, browns and off-whites he imbues his subjects with an almost mystical light. Forms are pared down to their simplest shapes; paint is scraped and pulled across the surface of the canvas. The finished works invite contemplation and these give a different sense of time and place to the single scenes.
Together, they represent the glory of Contemporary European Art!!