Gabriele Grones (Arabba, 1983), chosen by Ca’ Pesaro in 2020 for the Level 0 programme at ArtVerona, has devised a series of new works in dialogue with selected works from the permanent collection, embarking on imaginary artistic and conceptual conversations with the artists and their works.
Gabriele Grones’s painting is expressed through similarities, with brushstrokes that narrate truths from the natural world. Gabriele Grones adopts the language of figuration to give form to everyday elements. He tells of his own personal experience, and through his own sensitivity, elaborates the traditional genres of pictorial composition: portraits, still lifes and nature.
Before his works, we might speak of an amplified vision of his subjects. Grones’s figurative pictorial approach in fact unfolds through a slow process of image appropriation. The artist takes numerous photographs which, once put together, hint at a compositional model. However, the pictorial result is unlike reality: through minimal differences, the composition takes on a life of its own. The face portrayed escapes common recognisability, ready to become an icon. The face, whether female or male, defines an ideal model of representation by means of resemblance yet never in absolute terms.
His nature paintings do not represent randomness but rather the story of a personal moment, of a recollection, of a particular memory – perhaps one just experienced. The geraniums cast onto the ground, as is customary when winter comes, are those of the home; the trampled grass is that which has been experienced; the dandelion, the nettle, the thistle explain the relationship with nature as an element to be studied and cared for. Painting fragments of nature means going into the detail of that subtle and particular fragment that manages to make the whole unique. Painting the trodden lawn means giving nature back its – also symbolic – meaning of perfection and ideal beauty in the fragility of a memento mori, one that comes back to life once more through contemporary practice.
Title: Gabriele Grones. Conversazioni
Opening: March 12, 2022
Ending: May 21, 2022
Organization: Boccanera Gallery Trento
Curator: Giovanna Nicoletti
Place: Trento, Boccanera Gallery Trento
Address: via Alto Adige 176 - 38121 Trento
More info on this website: https://boccaneragallery.com/exhibitions/gabriele-grones-conversazioni/