|Guidi&Schoen is holding a second group show: after “SHOOT!”, an exhibition devoted entirely to the various different languages of contemporary photography, on March 6 2015 the gallery opens “PAINT!”, an excursus into different forms of expression in the use of paint through the work of twelve artists born in the '60s and '70s. 8 artists from Italy and 4 from other countries: Kristin Baker (1975 Stamford | United States), Andrea Chiesi (1966 Modena), Roberto Coda Zabetta (1975 Biella), Fulvio Di Piazza (1969 Syracuse), Davide La Rocca (1970 Catania), Davide Nido (1966 Senago MI – 2014 Pavia), Hans Op de Beeck (1969 Turnhout | Belgium), Paul P. (1977 Hamilton | Canada), Robert Pan (1969 Bolzano), Alessandro Papetti (1958 Alba), Cristof Yvoré (1967 Tours | France – 2013), Corrado Zeni (1967 Genoa). |
The exhibition compares some of the most interesting painters in Italy and the world today, in an overview of different ways of painting, in the broadest sense of the term, ranging from traditional oils on canvas to the most experimental techniques. As in the case of Italian painters Robert Pan, who uses countless overlapping layers of resins in different colours, and Davide Nido, with his “pills” made of drops of glue decreasing in size, fired hot onto the canvas.
Kristin Baker’s work also combines different substrates and techniques to create compositions made up of overlapping colours halfway between abstraction and figuration. Davide La Rocca paints in oils on canvas, with a view to divisionism but in dialogue with the techniques of electronic and digital photography, transferring stills from film and video into his work.
There is a strong, interesting contrast between the all-enclosing empty horror of Sicilian painter Fulvio Di Piazza, who uses an almost surrealist aesthetic to come up with the contemporary restlessness about exploitation of natural resources and the everyday metaphysics of the work of Cristof Yvoré, in which elements of day-to-day life are transferred onto the canvas through overlapping layers of neutral hues.
Italian painters Andrea Chiesi and Alessandro Papetti, both of whom are fascinated by the themes of industrial archaeology, suburbs and abandoned factories, began to paint their contemporary landscapes in the ’90s. Papetti represents them in thick, frantic brushstrokes, while Chiesi testifies to the transformation of landscape as a reflection of our existence and a historic memory with social implications in a form of painting that is almost photographic, driving perspective beyond a threshold that appears infinite. Painting is only one of the many tools Hans Op de Beeck uses. His landscapes, rendered almost impenetrable by their unnatural neutral colouring, investigate and recreate a melancholic, indefinite reality.
The human figure is the focus of the paintings of Corrado Zeni, Paul P. and Roberto Coda Zabetta. Zeni crowds his compositions with figures scattered over a white background who seem to be searching for a lost identity in the non-stop ebb and flow of everyday life. In Paul P.’s delicate little canvases, the profiles of young men seem to speak of dreams, hopes and expectations. Roberto Coda Zabetta also paints portraits, but disfigured by the material quality of the paint and the gestures of the brushstroke, telling stories of rage and anxiety.