Item Number: 113587
Title: FRANCESCO POLENGHI
Author: Carrier, David ; Demetrio Paparoni ; Barry Schwabsky
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Description: Milano: Skira, 2011. 30cm., hardcover, 152pp., 170 color illus. Italian-English text. Summary: For Francesco Polenghi, painting is the result of a rational process that is nevertheless influenced by the unexpected nature of subjective instincts. Initially he repeats on a square white canvas, with one color only, a form consisting of a thin cylindrical shape. Juxtaposed to one another, these tapered cylinders become organized into motion conceived as a flow of energy. Determining the character of the first layer is a sort of psychic automatism that allows the artist to remove himself from the surrounding world. The next step is to give depth to the initial design by going over it several times with the color. The design thus assumes a timbric effect that tends to freeze the initial subjective impulse and give the whole a more objective dimension, since having to go back over the design several times makes the motion less free and fluid. The overlapping of the color also lets us make out the subtle margins of the layer below. It is not a question of bichromism, as might first appear, but of complex polychromes, built layer upon layer of color.
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