Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Presque vu - Atlas of Untold (book preview)


Alessandro Fantini - Presque vu - Atlas of Untold
(book preview)
Music by Alessandro Fantini

Deluxe edition
Category  Fine Art
Size: Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
80 Pages

Paperback edition
Category  Fine Art
Size: Small Square, 7×7 in, 18×18 cm
80 Pages
Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781320023573
Softcover: 9781320023559
Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320023566

"I consider painting my most intimate dominion where pursuing the evocation of what I like to define “mysterium interruptum”, “a suspended mystery”, that is something very similar to the experience of the “presque vu”, “almost seen”, when we feel that we’re about to recall a name or a word without being able to tell it. In fact like the more sensual “coitus interruptus”, the pleasure of this impression relies on the anguished awareness of the unspeakable that only the crystallization of momentum rendered by a painting can deliver to the watcher". 

More than a decade of meditative studies around the mysteries of Being projected on canvases, papers and videos, constantly fluctuating between stylistic reminiscences of Flemish masters, symbolism, surrealism and glimpses of neo-realist dimensions tied to waking dream intuitions and self-induced hallucinations; more than 450 artworks generated by an aesthetic Stakhanovism nurtured since the first childhood experiments in comics and anime; more than a simple artist obsessed by his own self-centered realm or the latest artistic trend, Alessandro Fantini has always conceived his creative activity as a privileged “detector” of all the unspeakable and enigmatic realities hidden behind the material as well as spiritual sphere. The paintings collected in this "Atlas of Untold" are the best proofs that the roads of the mystery leads nowhere but to the silent and swarming cities of Unknown. Indeed, everything you cannot tell by using words that you have "on the tip of your tongue" is what makes art worth of being admired.

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