The Eyes Have It – Gianpiero Acits and international aritsts explore the theme of Eyes in Art
The eyes may be the window to the soul, but they are certainly our means of experiencing the visual arts. The gaze in art has been visited as subject matter for years, as the act of looking out from within the picture frame is frozen in time and revisited across the ages by those looking in.
Contemporary painter and ophthalmologist Gianpiero Actis has focused his gaze even more tightly in his exhibition Artist's Glances – Only for Your Eyes, a stunning a group of works that depict the eye in art. In a large collection of colorful, thought-provoking and, at times, witty works, Actis responds to and revisits images of eyes as they have been portrayed by other artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His paintings burst into rays and refractions, colors and lines in ways that perhaps only a scientist could conceptualize, but are realized with the sensitivity and joyousness of a true artist.
For his exhibition at the Societa' Promotrice delle Belle Arti in Torino, Italy, Actis presents a suite of paintings that reference artists like Lichtenstein, Warhol, Basquiat, Kandinsky and Pollock. It's an impressive body of work that opens trains of thought that will carry far beyond the walls of the gallery and past the exhibition dates. Actis gets the viewer thinking, as he did, about the eyes in art. Adding another fascinating dimension to an already powerful presentation, Actis has worked with curator, Lidia Chiarelli, to bring in a complementary group of works created by contemporary artists from around the globe.
Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, "Circus Maestro"
Huguette Bertrand,"Au delà de l'oeil"
Aritsts from California to China present their own takes on the eyes in art. Strong examples by painters Carolyn Mary Kleefeld and Huguette Bertrand, installation artist, Lidia Chiarelli, accomplished drawings by American artist Marsha Solomon and Israeli artist Helen Bar-Lev, photographs by New York artist Adel Gorgy, and ekphrhastic artwork by Adel Gorgy with poetry by Stanley H. Barkan lend an incredible depth and vibrancy to the exhibition.
Lidia Chiarelli, "Eyes in the blue_Self Portrait"
Marsha Solomon, "Through Animals' Eyes"
Adel Gorgy, "Eyes of Ubastet"
Stanley H. Barkan (poem) Adel Gorgy (image), "To Die with Eyes Wide Open",(Broadside by Cross-Cultural Communications NY)
The exhibition runs through January 10th, and will be visible online for virtual viewing at http://immaginepoesia.jimdo.com/promotrice-delle-belle-arti/only-for-your-eyes-installation/
Artist's Glances – Only for Your Eyes offers a chance to see a unique vision of vision, as perceived by artists from around the world and an in-depth view of a beautiful group of works by the highly accomplished Italian artist Gianpiero Actis. Catch this wonderful show in person if you can, or online. Strongly recommended.
Mary Gregory is a New York art critic and novelist.