Carla Chiusano - Escape 12 (Zürich)
THURSDAY, 22.03.2012, 6-9 PM
23.03 - 20.04.2012
As Gertrude Stein says: “ the painter does not perceive himself as existing
on his own. The painter perceives himself as the reflection of the objects
he puts in his paintings...”.
Here, in Carla Chiusano's show of new paintings, the objects are not
immediately visible, wrapped as they are in a white cloak, full of thick
shades and interrupted only by a thin black line, at some point in the horizon.
The mantle is not a coat, it doesn't cover the objects, nor does it contain
them, the mantle is a mental space in which thoughts and emotions
lose and meet themselves, producing new emotional perspectives.
Out of the white background we catch glimpses of other matter. They are
brush-strokes that point out the inner pathways: they offer an outline that
leads from one place to another of this imaginary sky. “When we were
kids”, the artist loves to repeat, “we looked at the clouds passing by and
through our fantasy we tried to discover a form”. Carla wanted to re-create
this sensation: losing one's sight beyond the infinite horizon, searching
for subjective forms. And, in order to do it, she chose an unfamiliar dimension:
instead of the big formats and the huge paintings to which she is used
and which surround her, this time she preferred to work on a smaller scale,
substituting the size of a thought with the scope of a single glance.
Her paintings are tri-dimensional: the original coordinates are a coat of
plaster and a dark horizontal line. From there onwards, layers of Titanium
White are alternated until the desired landscapes are created. The pictorial
gesture is a sudden transcription of an immediate thought and of its emotional
passages which weave in and out of the mind.
As often happens in the artistic research of a painter, the recogniseable
figurative representation gives way to the more pure sign that, freed from
any resemblance, strongly expresses the power of a feeling, of an emotion
or of a thought. The same happens in the use of colour. From using a big
palette of chromatic contrasts, each one endowed with its emotional value,
here the artist switched to a more sober composition made up with different
shadows of only one colour, white. Light and shadows are the only
other companions on the artist's journey.
Out of Place, Broken Connection, Escape: the titles of her previous exhibitions
suggest an important passage through the artist's own history. Her
own moods are the leitmotif of a joyful and renewed identity in which the
artist, through different stages of emotion and crisis, turns towards an
emerging horizon, which is ever more wide and active.