Mark Zuckerberg meets Immanuel Kant
Oil in canvas
cm 120 x 150
© walter bortolossi
My recent paintings paintings frequently take up the city theme, which is represented by distorted and fragmented cityscapes, where numerous figures struggle against each other in a battle for prominence.
The concept of a communal space seems to be contradicted by the impossibility of identifying the places where the scenes are set, which feature phenomena and characters from distinctly diverse origins. Even the closed spaces of the rooms in the interior scenes are barely distinguishable from the exterior backgrounds depicted beyond the windows.
In one of these paintings, Immanuel Kant, the philosopher of universal reason is symbolically depicted in conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the virtual community Facebook.
The facts of current affairs and History pervade these paintings, merging together with scenes created from a variety of modified pictorial solutions.
From this one might conclude that the subject of these works is the events of world History – what happened in the past and what is happening currently – and yet, is it not rather more a question of taking events and figures from History and reproducing them in a parallel dimension where possibilities are still open?