Trinacria Filippo Sciascia
July 15th-August 11th, 2007
A Solo Exhibition by Filippo Sciascia
Painting, literature, music - all good art requires tension. The tension can be tonal, visual, a perfectly balanced asymmetry; or it can be a story, a struggle between two forces; it can take almost any form, but conflict is key to complexity and engagement.
Filippo Sciascia?s personal history as an artist is such a story of tension, his paintings are individual moments of balance between the artwork and the concept behind it ? there is the concept, and there is the artwork as its own thing.
In Trinacria, Filippo brings to a full circle this intensely personal tension between his eye and his knowledge. Each painting is an open puzzle of art historical references ? a cross might refer to Malevich or Tapies or Beuys or two thousand years of other symbolic history, but it always carries the weight of something. Or, more often, many things.
Familiarity with Filippo?s earlier work, from Video Painting Kadek through FYCO, Fall/Rising and Sophia helps a viewer understand his evolution as a painter, and the newfound freedom that this journey has enabled. Trinacria is this freedom, both his starting point, Sicily, and a clear end-point (for now) of this particular narrative, captured symbolically by Filippo?s incorporation of outside-spring calipers directly into his work: opposable, intrinsically beautiful objects that recall the foundational artistic act of measuring space, and form a link to both the entire history of art and to Filippo Sciascia?s personal history, his carefully constructed spaces.
Gaya Art Space
Accademia 2007 gesso and oil on canvas and rolled canvas 200 x 200 cm
Scilla E Caridi 2 2007 gesso and oil on canvas 200 x 200 cm
Trinacria 2 2007 digital print, broken glass ansd spring caliper 52 x 69 cm
Trilogy 2007 gesso, oil, wood picture frame, light bulb, chalkboard mounted on wood. 260 x 210 cm