until 07.10. | #1563ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens shows from 1st September 2017 the exhibition “human” by the artist Robert Bosisio.
After Galerie Martin Mertens first exhibited the portraits by South Tyrolean painter, Robert Bosisio (*1963) in a two person show with Radu Belcin in 2015, the gallery is now pleased to present his first solo show in the gallery.
There is hardly another way to approach Bosisio’s paintings than quietly and contemplatively. From a distance, a seemingly abstract composition often comes together to form a face or a figure. If one attempts to approach it again, the pictorial objects often completely dissolve and the view is directed to the surface of the image. The viewer steps back a step, or perhaps even tries to find the furthest point in the room, because from there the depiction is completely different. Whereas when drawn in closely, one can see how countless layers that have formed the painting’s exceptionally complex surface, as well as the surprising use of materials. Bosisio’s layers of paint are supplemented by ash, sand, a wax layer, a plaster relief or a fine nylon stocking pulled over the canvas.
In this physical “revelation” of the image, the viewer precisely follows the development process of a painting – while painting, Robert also moves away from his canvas constantly in order to see it from a distance, to create an equally captivating view both up close and from a distance. In doing so, his works establish a relaxing contrast to the rapidity of the daily flood of images.
A visit to Robert’s studio is an exciting experience that illustrates the joy he has in finding the “perfect” painting. His “working wall” is illuminated by an ingenious system consisting of overhead lights, fabrics and mirrors, which can vary significantly depending on the light profile and light situation. This is necessary because his colour sequences are so highly sensitive and precisely harmonised. One finds all kinds of paints and an impressive collection of pigments and brushes precisely, almost scientifically, arranged and labelled in his painting laboratory.
After many years spent intensively studying interior spaces, the centre of Bosisio’s research has been the human figure in more recent years. Real models, unexpectedly found photos on the internet or quotes from historical images can provide the impetus for a painting. Bosisio then sounds out the limits of complete abstraction, leaving the viewer the choice of either concentrating on the recognition of a concrete figure or on the exploration of the surface structures and colour compositions.
In addition to his extremely meticulous paintings that often built up over the course of many years, we will also be exhibiting a small group of spontaneous landscape studies, which have particularly captivated me. This method of work is completely different. The small pictures are created directly in nature (and this summer it as yet again in Tuscany) and they reflect his direct impressions of the landscape. Nevertheless, they also radiate the same peace of mind that his studio paintings do and are no less sensitive in composition or colour tones.
Vernissage: Friday, 1st September 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 1st September to Saturday, 7th October 2017Zur Galerie MARTIN MERTENS
Image caption: via Galerie Martin Mertens, Robert Bosisio
Exhibition: Robert Bosisio – human – Galerie Martin Mertens | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin