Nude I (Nude Series)

Oil on Canvas

H 70cm x W 80cm

Framed

2018

 

In the two smaller works (Nude I and Nude II) I present a new kind of alteration: I have erased the main part of the subject’s body leaving just the outside edge, so it looks like you can see through these animals/subjects. What you see in this emptied space now is my white brush stroke in a hysterical loop: the beauty of the past and the state of uncertainty of the present time?

 

SKU: TDGO77

MARCO PIEMONTE

 

My paintings incorporate classical iconography, the modernist gesture, and digital manipulation to create a space where identity and abjection collide and repulse; an in-between space where narrative and history remain unfixed and open.

 

What was said to be good art in the past was the judgment of a completed image representing a fact or a moment of life, where all its parts and figures were fully depicted and appreciated so the eye could clearly read the story, the colours and all the features without doubts and hesitation. Duchamp later questioned this assumption and proved that an upside-down urinal could have been as good and understandable art as a painted portrait.

 

In my paintings, I ‘turn upside-down’ classical images, partially completed and assembled on a stage to mimic the classical aesthetic of representational art.

 

These strange elements on the scene coexist with the white gestural form that overlaps, covers or interacts randomly with these past imageries like a question mark at the end of a phrase.

 

The white paint anchors the present against the representational space created, this gesture not only signifies the ‘modern’ life with its irrational actions, it is a testimony of the artist’s presence, a sign of his schizophrenic reaction to the past.

 

Elements from the classical past, such as loyal animals and folded drapery, are brought back to life to play new roles in a personal language of form and content, disrupted by the contemporary ease of computer distortion.


I celebrate the freedom that painting still provides to create forms and relationships –

the playful Game of Painting.

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Image Credits:  Barney Hindle Photography