Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto began their artistic collaboration in 2009 working on the project THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE.
THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE
Photography interpreting Decadence's painting.
Every shot comes from the synthesis of the formative path of two young artists that are longingly dedicated to painting, scenography, photography and cinema. The colours and atmospheres of fin de siècle paintings are renewed through the strong colours of the contemporary interpretations, thus colliding with the eyes of a déjà-vu engaged observer. The images are a result of hard work, from the realization of scenographies to the cleverly composed shots worked out in every phase, to the interpretation of those beauties that seem little by little to consume themselves because of a mysterious illness of the soul… Photography is the same fatal woman portrayed in Klimt's, Shiele's and Casas' paintings, the reflection on the retina of a humanity drowned in an uncertain condition.
The images, the offspring of the research of lost time, reveal the "panic for the inevitable deception that enmeshes our lives, the total ruinous fall in this terrible condition" (Auerbach) that is renewed in the silence of the contemporary shots. In a time of political and cultural crisis, the dusty atmosphere of the atelier transforms itself into the glossy patina of the photograph without losing the sensation of the cliff from which the artist inevitably falls.
The melancholy of a look lost in another dimension, the boredom, the spleen evoked in the 15 works reveal the sensitivity of new artistic means which were being questioned and discussed at the time when these paintings were being realized. The immortality of Schiele's models, the bitter mystery of Klimt's women, the enigmatic muses of minor artists live again in a new form touching with their sighs the contemporary image, offering to our eyes the chance to remember famous artworks, to discover less celebrated works and to enjoy times and outlooks often neglected.
The Essence of Decadence was born of the inspiration and research of Tania Brassesco and Lazlo Passi Norberto. Notwithstanding their young age (born respectively in 1986 and 1984), they have had diverse experiences in the field of cinema and art.
The technical means acquired by the two authors made the planning and the realization of these evocative artworks autonomous; Tania Brassesco takes care of the accurate interpretation of the characters, the refined research of fabrics, dresses, coiffures, the integral making of scenic objects whereas Lazlo Passi Norberto is responsible for every small feature detailed in the shots, from light studies to post-production.
THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE's EXHIBITIONS:
- 12 April - 12 September 2011
THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE by TANIA BRASSESCO & LAZLO PASSI NORBERTO
Baxtershop - Milan
- 29 May - 7 July 2010
THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE - Photography interprating Decadence’s painting.
In Paradiso Gallery – Giardini Biennale, Venice
- 11 June - 11 December 2011
PREMIO RENZO MAGNANINI 2011
Nuova Galleria d'Arte "La Piccola" - Bologna
- 10 - 15 May 2011
RvB Arts - Rome
- 7 May - 12 June
Pinacoteca comunale "Giovanni da Gaeta" - Gaeta
- 2 - 8 May 2011
DONKEY ART PRIZE 2011
Blindonkey - Milan
- 29 April - 9 July 2011
Palazzo Trevisan - Padua
- 25 February - 3 April 2011
Underminerva Gallery – New York
- 3 - 6 February
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
Superstudio Più – Milan
- 11 - 13 December 2010
CELESTE PRIZE 2010 (contest finalists exhibition - 2nd place)
The Invisible Dog Art Center – New York
- 2 – 15 December 2010
Stuarr Baxter Garage – Rome
- 19 - 23 November 2010
PREMIO CELESTE 2010 (contest finalists exhibition - 3rd place)
Fondazione Brodbeck – Catania
- PREMIO RENZO MAGNANINI 2011, 2°Prize - Photography section
- DONKEY ART PRIZE 2011, Finalists photography section
- CELESTE PRIZE 2010, International art contest - 2nd place
- PREMIO CELESTE 2010, International art contest - 3rd place
THE ESSENCE OF DECADENCE's PUBBLICATIONS:
- CELESTE PRIZE 2010, catalogue for the exhibition in New York
- PREMIO CELESTE 2010, catalogue for the exhibition in Catania
- La Nuova di Venezia, newspaper - 3 June 2010