All art is contemporary…Episode #7

20 January 2021

“De rerum natura”

Interpreting nature is one of the most significant themes in the artistic research ever. Many artists have put the natural element at the center of their own investigation, exploring the complex conflicting relationship between man and nature. 
No work ever is a simple reproduction of reality; every work is a tessera in an always open investigation. 

The first artist in Flashback’s works collection is Adriaen van Stalbemta Flemish painter and engraver who is known for his landscapes with religious, mythological and allegoric landscapes. The work is a small painting on copper – dating to 1620 approx. – of the magic atmosphere titled Paesaggio boscoso con l’Andata in Emmaus.

On the other hand, Eastern mythology and allegory characterize also the Six panels Byobu screen, of Japanese origin, which can be referred to the Edo Period and part of the Kano School. The paper smokescreens, decorated with ink and colors on a golden leaf, show the differences on interpretation between East and West

The interpretation turns into abstraction in the work of Turin’s artist Piero Ruggeri. The work Collina e lampi, of 1978, liberates from figuration, allowing nature to show itself in all its irrational component.

Work Zucche by Piero Gilardi, of 1966, is of great formal and conceptual impact. Through his Nature Carpets, the artist reproduces – in an extremely realistic way – fragments of natural environment in the aim of denouncing a lifestyle which is considered increasingly artificial.  

Finally, the work of Veronica Montanino, who – with installation Correre in un mondo– transforms the most ill-assorted materials into a process of “image ecology”, which generates a new nature of her very personal invention.

Nature is not only what the eyes can see; it also includes the intimate designs of the soul. 
(Edvard Munch)

In the image, on the top Left /hand: Piero Gilardi, Zucche (Pumpkins), 1966, expanded polyurethane, cm 60 x 84, courtesy of Biasutti&Biasutti (Turin). Followed by: Piero Ruggeri, Collina e lampi (Hill and lightning), 1978, mixed media, cm 130 x 180, courtesy of Galleria d’Arte Roccatre (Turin). At the center: Japan, Edo Period, Six panels Byobu Screen, 18th Century, Kano School, ink, colors and gold on paper, edge in silk brocade and wooden framework, cm 270 x 136, courtesy of Schreiber Collezioni (Turin). 
Below, on the LH side: Veronica Montanino, Correre in un mondo (Running in a world) 2020, branches, acrylic tissue, mixed technique, cm 500 x 150 approx., courtesy of Studio d’Arte Campaiola (Rome). Followed by: Adriaen van Stalbemt, Paesaggio boscoso con l’Andata in Emmaus (Forested landscape on the Way to Emmaus) 1620 approx., oil on copper, cm 13 x 18,5, courtesy of Galleria Luigi Caretto (Turin; Madrid).