A fascination with male figure, Christian imagery, sacred subjects and older art, especially devotional painting of the Renaissance has often haunted the work of Alberto Brusamolino as he uses a variety of different approaches to the subjects in an effort to confront our experience with them and our relationship to them. Like many other artists, Brusamolino has felt the need to study the art of the past.
Masterpieces from the past not only suggest technical skills; they also offer a wide range of allegories and symbols for translating personal feelings into works and photographs.
Religious works of the fifteenth century were his main preoccupation, and several of these - Fra Angelico's frescoes cycle at San Marco in Florence, later helped shape works in his own Celle del Dormitorio most important photographic series (2002-2007). The works are lifelike and sillent, like the paintings and the frescoes that inspired them. I'm interested in what Fra Angelico didn't paint, those steps in between, says Alberto Brusamolino about this work. The images explore an unseen world of feeling and beauty (sensuality), of memory, of emotions, between tradition and contemporary.
In a notebook he kept during the years of this series, Brusamolino made a list of his interests that included:
Passions, facial expressions in art history. Sorrowing Madonnas, Cult of the Saints, Stories. Iconography. Annunciation, Visitation, Crucifixion, Deposition, etc ..., Passion of Christ. Tears, crying, sacrifice, emotion, spiritual representation. Void, compassion. Light. Space and sacred architecture, sacred spaces. Black and white.
The detailed attention which Brusamolino pays to his compositions and to cropping images is supplemented by an exceptional interest in frames, mounts and the hanging of his work.
In his latest solo show at the Whitecross gallery, London (2007) his photographs and assemblages vie for attention, playing off each other to build contrasting, often contradictory situations.
More recently, Brusamolino experimentations with the cut up technique source material from magazines together with his own photographs, brought him closer to an exploration of the figurative representations of the human body. Using contemporary sources from magazines, photographs and art, Brusamolino manipulates meanings and shifts contexts through layering and juxtaposition.
Brusamolino's elegant Sympathy for Japan series (2008-ongoing) of multi-layered, often homoerotic collages, fuses Japanese prints, symbols and photographs to create one singular interwoven aesthetic that examines conventional ideas of gender identity in contemporary culture and Japanese ancestral past.
Alberto Brusamolino is represented by Whitecross Gallery, London, UK
Born 1965 in Florence, Italy. Lives and works in Paris.
SALON, Whitecross Gallery, London (group show, new works)
SALON, Whitecross Gallery, London (group show, selected new works)
GROUP SHOW, Whitecross Gallery, London (group show, selected new collages)
ART PROTECTS, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (group show, benefit exhibition)
ALBERTO BRUSAMOLINO, CELLE DEL DORMITORIO, The frescoes by Angelico at San Marco in Florence, Whitecross Gallery, London (solo, limited edition multiples)
ARTIFICIALIA , Un cabinet de curiosités contemporain, Fondation Nationale des arts plastiques, Maison Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, France (curated by Guy Jacqmin, group, cat.)
RELIQUIAE, Galerie De Nobele, Paris (curated by Patrick Mauriès, solo, limited edition cat.)
CELLE DEL DORMITORIO, Les fresques de Fra Angelico à Florence, Galerie Mamia Bretesché, Paris (solo, limited edition cat. and multiples)
THESE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS, Un cabinet de curiosités photographiques, Galerie 11 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Project room, Paris (solo)
ATTITUDE(S) #1, Galerie Avivson, Paris (group show, limited edition box set)
ARCHITECTURE: THE INTIMATE ICONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Galerie 11 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris (solo)
OFFENSIVE (DON'T TOUCH HERE), Galerie 11 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris (solo)
AKTPHOTOGRAPHIE AUS FRANKREICH, Schwules Museum, Berlin (group)
VANITÀ, Galerie 11 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris (solo)
POURPRE NOIR, Galerie Vega, Paris (solo)
AMORE PROFANO, Le Funambule, Paris (solo)
INCIDENCE, Studio de l'Arc, Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles (group exhibition, cat.)
RITRATTI, Galleria Dolcevita, Florence(solo)
LA PRIMA, Galleria KGB, Florence (solo)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département de la photographie, Paris
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