APPARIZIONI | Federico Infante
FEDERICO INFANTE (Chile 1982) returns to Europe with his rarefied and dreamy painting for a solo show that presents a series of unexhibited works at PUNTO SULL’ARTE Art Gallery in Varese. Infante, today resident in the United States, in recent years has gained international recognition as one of the most intense artists of his generation.
He has developed an entirely personal and recognisable style that mixes the strong gestures typical of expressionism with a figuration dense with dreamlike suggestions. On one hand he treats the canvas as an abstractionist, indulging in informal painting that is often characterised by automatism; on the other hand he superimposes onto this almost unintentional process a rational aspect that paradoxically seeks to represent visions of the unconscious. The result is unsettling, superimposing the lightness of dreams onto the scratched material of the background. Hence the title of the show, “Apparizioni”, which refers to the almost phantasmatic appearance of the painted figures, caught in moments of disorientation in front of the vastness of the sea or the sky or the surrounding landscape.
Strengthened by an extraordinary technique and a remarkable visual culture (often his historical models are recognisable, even if there is never servile imitation) Infante sketches in a literary way, almost as if he were a poet of the image, life that is beyond life, or below it, that is, in an elsewhere where dream becomes reality and, vice versa, reality merges with dream. “He expresses his creativity – writes Alessandra Redaelli – in perfect equilibrium between the language of tradition and the more subtle and insidious anxieties of the contemporary”.
“As in Milan Kundera’s novels – Angelo Crespi explains in the catalogue text – Infante’s characters submit to the making of history, they are in some way protagonists but also dominated by it: Jaromil, the young poet narrated by the Czech writer in “Life is elsewhere” could, for example, very well have been taken as a model by the Chilean painter who in some windswept paintings gives us back the breath of the lyrical age, the spirit of adolescence, but also the “bloody smile” of innocence, its somehow disturbing side”.
A total of 20 works will be on display: paintings in acrylic on canvas and ink drawings on paper.
Opening reception MARCH, SATURDAY 18TH from 5 TO 7 PM. The Artist will be present and at 6 pm the art curator will take a short speech in which she will introduce the essence of the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a BILINGUAL CATALOGUE created by PUNTO SULL’ARTE containing curator Angelo Crespi’s critical text and the reproduction of the exhibited artworks. The exhibition will be open until April, Saturday 29.